Becky Reichard is an Assistant Professor in the School of Behavioral and Organizational Sciences at Claremont Graduate University. She received her doctorate in Management from the University of Nebraska–Lincoln. She received a M.S. in Industrial/Organizational psychology from Missouri State University and a B.S. in psychology from Missouri Western State University where she was also inducted into the 2007 Athletic Hall of Fame for her career playing women’s basketball.
Dr. Reichard’s research interests focus on (1) the impact of leader development interventions over time and (2) examination and refinement of key organizational behavior constructs.
Within the first research stream regarding leader development intervention impact, Dr. Reichard has published (The Leadership Quarterly) and is revising multiple meta-analyses on all prior leader development programs, which include published and file drawer studies. In addition, she has two 20-year longitudinal studies continuing. The first is with her co-authors on the Fullerton Longitudinal Study (4 papers published in The Leadership Quarterly) examining the early developmental precursors of adult leader emergence and development. She also recently published a co-edited book on this topic, ‘Early development and leadership.’ The second longitudinal study is in association with the Soaring with Eagles Foundation, where Dr. Reichard has been awarded a 20 year research contract for over $1 million to track leaders' development over time. Working with a team of CGU students (both MA and PhD), she is examining the development of cross-cultural psychological skills in leaders through longitudinal, qualitative, and quasi-experimental intervention studies. Finally, working with another team of CGU students, Dr. Reichard has developed a leader developmental assessment center to assess and develop ‘every day’ leaders in the community. Click here for more information on leadership development opportunities
Within the second research stream on examining and refining key organizational behavior constructs, Dr. Reichard is interested in conducting research that assesses what we know about this burgeoning research area and provides guidance for areas in need of future research. As such, Dr. Reichard is conducting multiple meta-analyses on organizational behavior constructs including ‘psycap’ and work outcomes (Human Resources Development Review), hope and work outcomes, and hope and academic outcomes. She also conducts research in the area of leadership and employee engagement, on which she has two recent publications with CGU students (Journal of Leadership and Organizational Psychology, Consulting Psychology Journal).
Her work has been published in Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, The Leadership Quarterly, and Journal of Managerial Psychology. She serves on the editorial review board of Journal of Leadership and Organizational Studies and has reviewed for The Leadership Quarterly and Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes. She recently co-edited a book titled Early Development and Leadership: Building the Next Generation of Leaders.
According to the Academy of Management, Dr. Reichard's article, "Emotional skills and effective management" in Journal of Managerial Psychology, 23 (2), was among the top 20 articles downloaded from the journal in 2008, one of the top 20 articles downloaded in 2009, and one of the top 20 articles downloaded within the first six months of its publication.
Dr. Reichard has taught introductory psychology, organizational psychology, mentoring, leadership seminar, and gender issues in the workplace. At CGU, she is teaching the following courses:
- Motivation and Peak Performance
- Positive Organizational Psych
- Training and Development
- Leader development
- Job design
- Positive authentic leadership
- Pos Org/ I-O Research practicum
- Directed research
Dr. Reichard has applied her research in a variety of public and private sector organizations in the area of leadership development. She consulted on the development of the new School of Leadership Studies as an Assistant Professor at Kansas State University including aspects of curriculum for undergraduate leadership education. As a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Leadership at the Kravis Leadership Institute, she co-directed a variety of leadership development programs including the Polytechnic H.S. Freshmen girls’ leadership retreat "Making an Impact", the Step-up to Leadership Summer Camp, the Kravis Mentoring Program between Claremont McKenna College and El Roble Middle School, and the City of Claremont Leadership Academy.
Starting her second year at CGU, Becky Reichard received funding from the Soaring with Eagles Foundation (SEF) for the development of a leadership curriculum and for a 20 year longitudinal research study on leader development. SEF is a 501(c)3 private operating foundation with the mission of developing core value-based leaders who think globally and act responsibly. SEF’s vision is "to become the leading foundation in the development of core value-based leadership for high school seniors and college freshmen through programs, research and leaders-in-residence funding." As such, the courses and experiences offered in the SEF series focus on the four tenets of leadership: Citizenship, Stewardship, Humanitarianism, and Purposeful Passion ©2009. SEF intends to develop partnerships with colleges and universities across the nation to implement a leadership curriculum based on the four tenets. Reichard received an RFP for the first phase of SEF funding, the development of the leadership curriculum. Reichard partnered with Claremont McKenna College alumna, Dr. Stefanie Johnson, University of Colorado-Denver. In addition, team members on the phase one curriculum development grant included Professors Ron Riggio and Susan Murphy. Moreover, Reichard has received funding for the 20 year longitudinal research study to evaluate the impact of the SEF leadership curriculum. The 20 year study design is a longitudinal, strategically driven, objective-based, long-term research approach emphasizing a pre-post longitudinal mixed methods design with other report. In the pilot year of the program, Reichard along with Johnson has partnered with evaluation expert Professor Tarek Azzam (CGU) and leader development research expert, Professor Ketan Mhatre (Claremont McKenna College).
Dr. Reichard has specific experience with leadership development in a military setting. While working as a consortium research fellow with the Army Research Institute’s Leader Development Research Unit, she conducted self-development training program with over 200 US Army officers; designed, collected, and analyzed survey and interview data on leadership competencies and leader self-development strategies; and supported the supervisor of contracts on leader self-awareness training by reviewing submitted materials, researching contractor proposals, and consulting on project progress. In addition, as a research associate with ICF International, a D.C.-based consulting firm, she supported applied research as part of the Army Training and Leader Development Blue Ribbon Panel by interpreting and reporting data to military officials, generating findings and conclusions based on data points, and managing and analyzing large qualitative and quantitative databases.
Dr. Reichard also has applied experience conducting job analysis observations, interviews, and focus groups; developing written selection test items; and administering a developmental assessment center.
Murphy, S.E., & Reichard, R.J. (2011). Early development and leadership: Building the next generation of leaders. (edited book). Applied psychology series. Taylor and Francis: NY.
Reichard, R.J. & Paik, S.J. (2011). Developing the next generation of leaders: Research, policy, and practice. In S.E. Murphy & R.J. Reichard (Eds.), Early development and leadership: Building the next generation of leaders. Taylor and Francis: NY (pg. 309-328).
Serrano, S.A., & Reichard, R.J. (forthcoming). Leadership strategies for an engaged workforce. Consulting Psychology Journal: Practice and Research.
Avey, J.B., Reichard, R.J., & Luthans, F., & Mhatre, K. (2011). A review, synthesis and meta-analysis of positive psychological capital. Human Resource Development Journal, 22(2), 127-152.
Reichard, R.J., Riggio, R.E., Guerin, D.W., Oliver, P.H., Gottfried, A.W., & Gottfried, A.E. (2011). A longitudinal analysis of adolescent personality and intelligence and adult leader emergence and transformational leadership. The Leadership Quarterly, 22, 471-481.
Wefald, A.J., Reichard, R.J., Serrano, S. (forthcoming). Fitting engagement into a nomological network: The relationship of engagement to leadership and personality. Target: Journal of Leadership and Organizational Studies.
Reichard, R.J., Serrano, S.A., & Wefald, A.J. (forthcoming). Engaging followers at a distance: Leadership approaches that work. In Bligh, M.C., & Riggio, R. (Eds.). When Near is Far and Far is Near: Exploring Distance in Leader-Follower Relationships. Blackwell Publishing:
Reichard, R.J. & Johnson, S.J. (2011). Leader self development as organizational strategy. The Leadership Quarterly, 22, 33-42.
Avolio, B.J., Reichard, R.J., Hannah, S., Walumbwa, F.O., & Chan, A. (2009). A meta-analytic review of leadership impact research: Experimental and quasi-experimental studies. The Leadership Quarterly, 20, 764-784.
Johnson, S.J., Murphy, S.E, Zewdie, S., & Reichard, R.J. (2008). The strong, sensitive type: Effects of gender stereotypes and leadership prototypes on the evaluation of male and female leaders. Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, 1(6), 39-60.
Riggio, R. E. & Reichard, R. J. (2008). Emotional skills and effective management. Journal of Managerial Psychology, 23(2), 169-185. * Top 20 article by immediacy * Top 20 article of 2009 * Top 20 article of 2008 *
Reichard, R.J. & Riggio, R. E. (2008). An interactive, process model of emotions and leadership. Cary Cooper & Neal Ashkanasy (Eds). Research companion to emotion in organizations. Edward Elgar.
Reichard, R. J. & Avolio, B. J. (2005). Where are we? The status of leadership intervention research: A meta-analytic summary. In W.L. Gardner, B.J. Avolio, & F.O. Walumbwa (Eds.) Authentic leadership and practice: Origins, effects, and development (pp. 203-223). Elsevier, Amsterdam.
Guest Reviewer, The Leadership Quarterly:
Special Issue on Meso-Modeling of Leadership (2008)
Special Issue on Authentic Leadership Development (2005)
Editorial review board, Member, Journal of Leadership and Organizational Studies
Editorial review board, Member, Leadership Review
Academy of Management
Society for Industrial/Organizational Psychology
Gallup Leadership Institute Summit
Reichard, R.J. (2011). Building cross-cultural positive psychological capital. Paper presented at the Western Psychological Association (WPA), Los Angeles, CA, Apr 28-30.
Reichard, R.J. (2011). Positive leader development over the lifespan. Paper presented at WPA, Los Angeles, CA, Apr 28-30.
Avey, J., Mhatre, K., & Reichard, R.J. (2010). A review, synthesis and meta-analysis of positive psychological capital. Paper presented at the Academy of Management (AOM), Montreal, CAN, Aug 6-10.
Reichard, R.J., Riggio, R.E., & Smith, M. (2009). Development of a new self-report measure of transformational leadership. Paper presented at the AOM, Chicago, IL, Aug 9-11.
Gottfried, A.W., Reichard, R.J., Oliver, P.H., Gottfried, A.E., Guerin, D.W., & Riggio, R.E. (2009). The Fullerton longitudinal study: Developmental roots of leadership. President’s invited symposium at the WPA, Portland, OR, Apr 23-26.
Wefald, A. J., & Reichard, R. J. (2009). Fitting engagement into a nomological network: The relationship of engagement to leadership and personality. Interactive poster session at the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology (SIOP), New Orleans, LA, Apr 2-4.
Reichard, R.J. (2008). The rise of authentic followership. Paper presentation at the International Leadership Association (ILA), Los Angeles, CA, Nov 12-15.
Bernkopf, A. & Reichard, R.J. (2007). Resiliency in crisis leadership: A theoretical perspective. Paper presentation at ILA, Vancouver, BC, Nov 1-3.
Zbylut, M.L. & Reichard, R.J. (2007). Leadership during crisis: A multilevel look across levels of crisis and time. Symposium presentation at SIOP, New York, NY, April 27-29.
Reichard, R.J. (2007). Leader self-development intervention study: The impact of self-discrepancy and feedback. Symposium presentation at SIOP, New York, NY, April 27-29.
O’Connell, W. & Reichard, R.J. (2006). Building and evaluating the development of leaders: A look across contexts and methodologies. Symposium co-chair at AOM, Atlanta, GA, Aug 11-16.
Reichard, R.J., Hughes, L., Hannah, S.T., & Walumbwa, F.O. (2006). A meta-analytic investigation of leadership impact research: Experimental and quasi-experimental studies. Symposium presentation at AOM, Atlanta, GA, Aug 11-16.
Fallesen, J.J. & Reichard, R.J. (2005). Leadership competencies: Building a foundation for Army leader development. Symposium presentation at SIOP, Los Angeles, CA, April 15-17.