Richard E. Boyatzis
Distinguished University Professor
Professor, Departments of Organizational Behavior, Psychology, and Cognitive Science
H.R. Horvitz Chair of Family Business
Case Western Reserve University
(216) 368-2053

Related Research Interests

Since intentional change requires resonant and caring relationships, a lot of the research in which I am involved examine the relational aspects of leader/follower relationships, coaching, and other forms of dyads (like doctor-patient, teacher-student) relationships). Recent work on the neurological activations from personal moments with resonant versus dissonant leaders, as well as vision inspiring coaching interactions instead of those seeking to help a person do better at school, the role of shared vision in team engagement, patient treatment adherence, and effectiveness in family businesses, all lead to a compelling set of discoveries that resonant relationships not only inspire people, but they facilitate better health and helping—what we call coaching with compassion rather than coaching for compliance.

Related Publications

  • Boyatzis, R. & McKee, A. (2005). Resonant Leadership: Renewing Yourself and Connecting With Others Through Mindfulness, Hope, and Compassion. Boston: Harvard Business School Press.
  • Boyatzis (in press). When Pulling to the Negative Emotional Attractor is Too Much or Not Enough to Inspire and Sustain Outstanding Leadership. R. Burke, C. Cooper, and G. Woods (eds.), The Fulfilling Workplace: the Organization’s Role in Achieving Individual and Organizational Health, Gower Publishing, London.
  • Boyatzis, R.E. & Soler, C. (2012). Vision, leadership, and emotional intelligence transforming family business. Journal of Family Business Management.
  • Boyatzis, R.E., Passarelli, A.P., Koenig, K., Lowe, M., Mathew, B., Stoller, J. & , M. (2012). Examination of the Neural Substrates Activated in Experiences with Resonant & Dissonant Leaders. Leadership Quarterly. 23:2, 259-272.
  • Boyatzis, R.E, Smith, M. & Van Oosten, E. (2011). Building Relationships and Talent: Coaching to the Positive Emotional Attractor for Sustained, Desired Change. In Berger and Berger (eds.), The Talent Management Handbook, NY: McGraw Hill. P. 217-226.
  • Boyatzis, R.E., Jack, A., Cesaro, R., Khawaja, M. & Passarelli, A. (2010). Coaching : An fMRI Study of Coaching to the Positive or Negative Emotional Attractor. Best Paper Award,. Proceedings of the Academy of Management Annual Meeting, Montreal, August.
  • Boyatzis, R.E. (2010). Coaching teams to use emotional, social and cognitive intelligence for sustainable, desired change. In Manfred Kets De Vries and Laura Guillen (eds.). Beyond Coaching; Creating Better Leaders, Teams, and Organizations. 168-180.
  • Boyatzis, R.E. (2008). Leadership Development from a Complexity Perspective Consulting Psychology Journal. 60(4). 298-313.
  • Goleman, D. & Boyatzis, R. (September, 2008). Social intelligence and the biology of leadership. Harvard Business Review. 86:9, pp. 74-81. Also published in Harvard Business Review: OnPoint, 2011, p. 38-46.