Kimberly D. Elsbach
Professor of Organizational Behavior / Stephen G. Newberry Endowed Chair in Leadership

Leadership happens every moment of every day. You always have an opportunity to influence what other people do and why they do it by being a role model. I help students understand their leadership strengths and weaknesses, pushing them to work outside of their comfort zones—for instance, by encouraging those who are not ‘natural leaders’ to take the initiative.

Courses Taught

  • The Individual & Group Dynamics
  • Negotiation in Organizations
  • Business Policy and Strategy

Research Expertise

Leadership in organizations; perception and management of individual and organizational
images; identities and reputations, especially images of legitimacy, trustworthiness and creativity


  • Ph.D., Industrial Engineering and Engineering Management, Stanford University
  • M.S., Industrial and Management Engineering, University of Iowa
  • B.S., Industrial and Management Engineering, University of Iowa

Fast Facts

  • International Research Fellow, Centre for Corporate Reputation, Oxford University
  • NCAA Faculty Athletics Representative and National Champion Masters Swimmer
  • UC Davis Chancellor’s Fellow
  • Globally visible expert in organizational behavior