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Ronald E. Riggio

Ronald E. Riggio

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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. Professor Riggio is the author of more than a dozen books and more than 100 research articles and book chapters in the areas of leadership (e.g., leadership development, charismatic and transformational leadership), assessment centers, organizational psychology and social psychology. His research work has included studies on the role of social skills and emotions in leadership potential and success, empathy, social intelligence, emotional skill and charisma.

Professor Riggio is on the editorial boards of The Leadership Quarterly, Leadership, Group Dynamics, and Journal of Nonverbal Behavior. His books include Multiple Intelligences and Leadership and The Future of Leadership Development (co-edited with Susan Murphy; Erlbaum, 2002, 2003), Improving Leadership in Nonprofit Organizations (co-edited with Sarah Smith Orr; Jossey-Bass, 2004), Applications of Nonverbal Behavior (co-edited with Robert S. Feldman; Erlbaum, 2005), Transformational Leadership (2nd ed., coauthored with Bernard M. Bass, 2006), and co-edited volumes, The Practice of Leadership, The Art of Followership (2007, 2008), and Leadership and the Liberal Arts (2009), Leader Interpersonal and Influence Skills (2014, with Sherylle Tan, Routledge), & Exploring Distance in Leader-Follower Relationships (w/ Michelle Bligh; Routledge, 2012).

His book series (co-edited with Georgia Sorenson) with Routledge/Taylor & Francis, is entitled: Leadership: Research and Practice.

Dr. Riggio is the author of the Social Skills Inventory. For information about the SSI, please visit:

Primary Interests:

  • Communication, Language
  • Emotion, Mood, Affect
  • Group Processes
  • Interpersonal Processes
  • Nonverbal Behavior
  • Personality, Individual Differences

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Other Publications:

  • Riggio, R. E. (2006). Nonverbal skills and abilities. In V. Manusov & M. Patterson (Eds.), Handbook of nonverbal communication. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Press.
  • Riggio, R. E. (2005). The Social Skills Inventory (SSI): Measuring nonverbal and social skills. In V. Manusov (Ed.), The sourcebook of nonverbal measures: Going beyond words (pp. 25-33). Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates.
  • Riggio, R. E. (2004). Charisma. In J. M. Burns, W. Goethals, & G. Sorenson (Eds.), Encyclopedia of leadership (Vol. 1, pp. 158-162). Great Barrington, MA: Berkshire Publishing.
  • Rubin, R. S., & Riggio, R. E. (2005). The role of emotional intelligence in ethical decision making at work. In R. Giacalone, C. L. Jurkiewicz, & C. Dunn (Eds.), Positive psychology in business ethics and corporate social responsibility (pp. 209-229). Information Age Publishers.

Courses Taught:

  • Foundations of Leadership
  • Leadership
  • Nonverbal Communication
  • Organizational Psychology
  • Practicum in Organizational Intervention

Ronald E. Riggio
Department of Psychology
Claremont McKenna College
850 Columbia Avenue
Claremont, California 91711
United States of America

  • Phone: (909) 607-2997
  • Fax: (909) 607-5252

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