Does Power Truly Corrupt Leaders?

Jun 23, 2015 6:00 PM (GMT+8) The HEAD Foundation 20 Upper Circular Road The Riverwalk #02-21 Singapore 058416
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Both anecdotal evidence and decades of research have shown that power can dramatically impact the way we think, feel and behave—in ways we do not expect. The psychology of power is intricate. How does power affect leadership behaviours? Does power make us better leaders? This talk discusses how the psychology of power impacts leadership.

Professor Andy J. Yap

Assistant Professor, Organisational Behavior

Andy Yap is an Assistant Professor of Organisational Behaviour at INSEAD. Professor Yap holds a PhD in Management from Columbia Business School, and a BSSc with Honours in Psychology from the National University of Singapore. Before joining INSEAD, Professor Yap taught at the Sloan School of Management, Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Professor Yap studies the Psychology of Power. Specifically, his research focuses on three overarching areas: (1) Nonverbal expressions of power (i.e. Power-Posing and ergonomic effects), (2) The impact of power and status on unethical behaviour (e.g. cheating, stealing, and corruption), and (3) How dimensions of social hierarchy affect positive organisational outcomes (e.g. prosocial behaviour, subjective well-being, stress, and career decisions). Professor Yap’s work has important implications for how organisations can be structured to promote a workforce that is productive, motivated, and socially responsible.

Before joining INSEAD, he was a Lecturer and Postdoctoral associate at Sloan School of Management, Massachusetts Institure of Technology. At Sloan, he taught Organization Processes in the MBA program and Managerial Psychology in the undergraduate/graduate program.
He received his PhD in Management from Columbia Business School under the tutelage of Dana Carney and E. Tory Higgins. At Columbia, he also had the privilege of learning from Adam Galinsky, Daniel Ames, Malia Mason, Joel Brockner and Michael Morris. He received a B.Soc.Sci. with Honors in Psychology from the National University of Singapore. 

Professor Yap’s research has been published in leading academic journals including Psychological ScienceProceedings of the National Academy of SciencesJournal of Applied PsychologyJournal of Experimental Social Psychology, and Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin; and in practitioner journals such as Harvard Business Review. His work has also been featured across a range of international media outlets such as TIME,The New York TimesThe Wall Street Journal, CNN, BBC, The AtlanticFinancial Times, NHK (Japan Broadcasting Corp.) and the US National Public Radio. Professor Yap has been recognized with honours such as the American Psychological Association Early Graduate Student Researcher Award, and the Donald C. Hambrick Award from Columbia Business School.

This free lecture is presented by the HEAD Foundation, a Singapore-based think tank focused on education and leadership for development in Asia. 

Does Power Truly Corrupt Leaders?

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