Leadership, Ethics, and Creativity

Principal Investigator: Logan Watts

The Leadership, Ethics, and Creativity lab is directed by Dr. Logan Watts, an Assistant Professor of Psychology at Baruch College and The Graduate Center, CUNY. Dr. Watts conducts research studies designed to shed light on questions such as:

  • How do leaders influence the ethical decision making processes of followers?

  • What are the characteristics of effective ethics training and education programs?

  • Do people learn leadership skills when they consume stories about leaders?

  • What leadership strategies are most effective for boosting organizational innovation?

  • What role do leader stories play in helping people make sense of confusing events?

Current Research Projects

  • Stretch goals, incentives, and cheating behavior

  • Effects of leader values and charisma on follower prosocial behavior

  • Outstanding leadership in movies

  • Side effects of organizational interventions

  • Overclaiming on job applications

Student Lab Members

The LEC lab is accepting applications from Baruch undergraduates who are interested in becoming research assistants (RAs).RAs can earn 1 to 3 credit hours of PSY 5030 each semester and develop skills in running study sessions, entering data, and presenting at local conferences. Students who meet expectations will also receive a letter of recommendation upon request. Contact Dr. Watts at Logan.Watts@baruch.cuny.edu to request a copy of the RA application form.