Ronald E. Riggio, Ph.D. is the Henry R. Kravis Professor of Leadership and Organizational Psychology and former Director of the Kravis Leadership Institute at Claremont McKenna College. Ron is also a Visiting Leadership Scholar at Churchill College, Cambridge University, UK. His undergraduate degree in Psychology is from Santa Clara University. His graduate degrees are in Social/Personality Psychology from UC Riverside, and his initial research interests were in the area of emotional communication, nonverbal communication, and communication skill. This led him to begin studying charisma (in social interaction), which then led to an interest in leadership, particularly charismatic and transformational leadership. He is the author of a well-known textbook, Introduction to Industrial/Organizational Psychology (now in its 7th edition) and co-author, along with Bernard Bass of Transformational Leadership (2nd edition).
Dr. Riggio is a psychologist and leadership scholar with over a dozen authored or edited books and more than 150 articles/book chapters. In addition to teaching leadership and organizational psychology, he has been very active in leadership development efforts at Claremont McKenna College. He is a member of the International Leadership Association, the Academy of Management, the Society of Industrial and Organizational Psychology, and a Fellow of the American Psychological Association and the Association for Psychological Science.
Dr. Riggio has also served as a consultant to dozens of organizations, large and small, across the business, education, and non-profit sectors. He has conducted training seminars and workshops for a variety of organizations, including many Fortune 500 companies, and has been a featured speaker at company-wide events.
Dr. Riggio is part of the Fullerton Longitudinal Study that has been studying leadership development across the lifespan
(beginning at 1 year of age and continuing through adulthood). Besides research on leadership development, he has been actively involved in training young (and not so young) leaders at the college level, and beyond. His leadership blog at Psychology Today, Cutting-Edge Leadership, can be found at: https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/cutting-edge-leadership