Meetings Amsterdam Leadership Lab

About every two weeks we will have our Leadership Lab meetings. Guests are welcome, both to present ideas and to simply attend and listen. If you want to learn more or would like to attend, please contact Wendy de Waal-Andrews (

Please note that there will not be any Leadership Lab meetings for the next couple of weeks in line with measures being taken by the VU to limit the spread of the Covid-19 virus.

Here are our most recent and upcoming meetings:


CANCELLED: 30.03.2020 BV-0H21 at 12:00: Daniel Lakens (Eindhoven University of Technology)
Title: Leading the way to a better psychological science
Problematic research practices, such as publication bias where only positive results are published, have been pointed out in the scientific literature for over half a century. Recently, large scale replication projects have suggested that not all published scientific research is as reliable as we want it to be. Psychological science has been at the forefront of improving research practices, due to a traditionally strong expertise in statistics, combined with an interest in how people change behavior and respond to reward structures. In this presentation I will talk about some of the problematic research practices that have limited knowledge generation in the past, how to recognize them, their consequences for the reliability of research findings, and ongoing efforts towards better research practices that have been developed in the last eight years. I will summarize some easy to implement improvements in designing and analysing experimental studies.

CANCELLED: 06.04.2020 MF-D134 at 12:00: Bastian Jaeger (Tilburg University)
Title: The face of leadership
In recent years, a large literature on the role of facial appearance in organizational decision-making has emerged. In a typical study, a researcher aims to show that a given facial feature (e.g., facial femininity/masculinity) triggers some personality impression (e.g., perceived dominance), which, in turn, influences decision-making (e.g., leader selection). However, this simple model does not account for some complexities of social perception. Faces vary on a wide range of interrelated and theoretically meaningful dimensions, which makes it difficult to isolate the unique effects of a single feature. Moreover, a certain facial feature can trigger multiple associations, with some having opposite effects on the outcome of interest. In my talk, I will highlight how ignoring these complexities can produce both false positive and false negative results. I will also give recommendations on how to incorporate these insights when studying the role of facial appearance in organizational decision-making.

CANCELLED: 20.04.2020 MF-D134 at 12:00: Sebastiano Massaro (Surrey Business School)
Title: Neuroleadership. The Good, the Bad, the Ugly, and the Beautiful
In the past decade, interest in neuroscience has flourished within the management academic community, contributing to the establishment of the novel field of organizational neuroscience. Within this emerging discipline, leadership has been one of the first research domains to become actively engaged, both theoretically and empirically, often under the umbrella of “neuroleadership.” Thus, several contributions have rapidly advanced leadership knowledge, for instance by elucidating neural underpinnings related to leadership behaviors and styles. At the same time, neuroleadership has also been fraught with some ill-conceived motivations, poorly designed studies, and fervent debates. As with any new scientific advancement, neuroleadership research presents both opportunities and obstacles. By extending an analogy from Sergio Leone’s popular “Spaghetti Western,” I present what could be more simply called the Good, the Bad, the Ugly, and the Beautiful of neuroleadership. Specifically, I discuss potential benefits and challenges of the neuroleadership framework and propose novel avenues to sharpen this research agenda and sustain its healthy development moving forward.

04.05.2020 at 12:00: Astrid Homan (University of Amsterdam)
Title: Functional leadership of team diversity
The importance of leaders as diversity managers is widely acknowledged. However, a dynamic and comprehensive theory on the interplay between team diversity and team leadership is missing. In my presentation, I will discuss our recently published conceptual model – Leading Diversity (LeaD; Homan et al., in press) – in which we integrate crucial insights from diversity research and approaches to functional leadership to build an integrative account of the crucial but complicated role of leaders in managing diversity in teams. In our paper, we propose that functional diversity leadership requires (a) knowledge of the favorable and unfavorable processes that can be instigated by diversity, (b) mastery of task- and person-focused leadership behaviors necessary to address associated team needs, and (c) competencies to predict and/or diagnose team needs and to apply corresponding leadership behaviors to address those needs. LeaD offers new insights into specific competencies and actions that allow leaders to shape the influence of team diversity on team outcomes and, thereby, harvest the potential value in diversity.

18.05.2020 at 12:00: Reinout de Vries (VU Amsterdam)
Title: Lumpiness explained
Traits are unevenly distributed in multidimensional personality space, but the extent of trait lumpiness has never been formally assessed. In this presentation, I offer a definition, a formula, and a cut-off for trait lumpiness. Furthermore, I provide an example of trait lumpiness in two to seven principal components in an existing lexical dataset (N = 400) containing 551 trait adjectives. In support of the HEXACO personality model, the analyses support a maximum set of six factors that provide a relatively smooth distribution of traits in multidimensional space.

02.06.2020 MF-A507 at 12:00: Jacek Buczny (VU Amsterdam)
Topic: Self-regulation and workaholism

21.09.2020 at 12:00: Charlotte Hemelrijk (University of Groningen)
Title: Female dominance over males, the winner-loser effect and sex ratio in primates

19.10.2020 at 12:00: Chris Reinders Folmer (University of Amsterdam)
Title: Stickiness of refuted accusations in organizational contexts

11.01.2021 at 12:00: Bart Wille (Ghent University)
Title: t.b.c.


CANCELLED: 16.03.2020 MF-D134 at 12:00: Xiaotian (Shirley) Sheng & Mark Van Vugt (VU Amsterdam)
Title: Sex ratios and leadership & the behavioral ecology approach to leadership 

09.03.2020 MF-D134 at 12:00: Alexandra (Sasha) Cook (VU Amsterdam)
Topic: Health-oriented leadership and the effects on employees with chronic illness 

03.02.2020 MF-D134 at 12:00: Bertold Meyer (University of Chemnitz)
Title: Psychological well-being of leaders and their subordinates: Insights for promoting employee health from two large field studies

06.01.2020 MF-D134 at 12:00: Killian Wawoe (VU Amsterdam)
Title: New directions in performance management

16.12.2019 MF-D134 at 12:00: Reinout de Vries (VU Amsterdam)
Title: The personality of popular and likeable adolesents

02.12.2019 MF-D134 at 12:00: Jacqueline Brassey (VU, McKinsey)
Title: Advancing authentic confidence