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Stephanie Gilbert, PhD
Year graduated: 2015 (PhD)
Supervisor: Dr. Kevin Kelloway
Dissertation: Motivation for Transformational Leadership in Two Organizations
Key take-home messages from your dissertation:
I developed and validated a scale to measure self-determined motivation to lead transformationally. The findings suggested that what drives/motivates leaders to lead transformationally matters for both leader-level outcomes (job satisfaction and self-rated transformational leadership) and for employee ratings of leaders’ transformational behaviours.
What have you been doing since you graduated?
I was hired at Cape Breton University Shannon School of Business in 2015.
What accomplishments are you most proud of?
This year, I was promoted to Associate Professor with tenure, which feels like a wonderful milestone in my career. I have also been awarded a number of external research grants, such as the SSHRC Joseph-Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholarship, SSHRC Insight Development Grant, and as part of a research team was awarded a CIHR COVID-19 Rapid Research Funding Opportunity grant.
What type of projects are you working on?
I am working with Dr. Kelloway and a team to understand the influence of COVID-19 on employee health and work outcomes as part of a CIHR-funded research program. I am also conducting research to understand employees’ experiences with the return-to-work process following bereavement, including the loss of a loved one generally (with Drs. Kelloway, Teed, Dimoff, and Mullen) and the loss of a pregnancy (with Drs. Dimoff and Brady).
Much of my research points to the value of good leaders who show employees compassion, support, and individualized consideration for helping employees through normal times and crisis situations- whether that is a pandemic or a personal crisis like loss. It is likely that these leaders are those who lead for autonomous rather than controlled reasons.
I think back so fondly on my time at SMU and am very proud of the program as well as its alumni who have gone on to have successful careers in I/O.
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