Vanessa Urch Druskat, Ph.D.

Affiliation: University of New Hampshire


Dr. Druskat is Associate Professor at the Peter T. Paul College of Business and Economics at the University of New Hampshire, USA. She is an internationally recognized expert on team effectiveness, team leadership, and emotional intelligence. When she isn’t teaching Executive MBA, undergraduate or MBA courses, she spends her time researching and consulting on topics of team collaboration and performance, and team leadership in organizations that range from Fortune 100 Companies such as non- profits such as the Houston Public School System and the Boston Aids Action Committee. She works with top leadership teams around the world and is passionate about helping teams meet their collaborative potential.

Dr. Druskat is an award winning researcher and teacher and has published her research work in the most prestigious journals in her field including the Harvard Business Review and M.I.T.’s Sloan Management Review. She has been invited to present her ideas and research at dozens of universities in locations as varied as the Harvard Business School; the Stanford University Business School; ESADE Business School in Barcelona, Spain; Ege University in Izmir, Turkey; Corvinus University in Budapest, Hungary; and University College, London.

Her practical research strikes a chord with many, which is why her Harvard Business Review article (with Steven B. Wolff) was a top seller for HBR for over a decade and her article “How to Lead Self-Managing Work Teams” (with Jane V. Wheeler) was a long-time best selling article for the Sloan Management Review.  

Edited Book

Druskat, V. U., Sala, F., Mount, G.  (2006). Linking emotional intelligence and performance at work: Current research evidence with individuals and groups. Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum.


Wolff, S. B., Pescosolido, A. T., & Druskat, V. U. (2002). Emotional intelligence as the basis of leadership emergence in self-managing teams. Leadership Quarterly, 13(5), 505-522.

Druskat, V. U., & Wolff, S. B. (2001). Building the emotional intelligence of groups.  Harvard Business Review, 79(3), 81-90.

Book Chapters

Druskat, V. U., & Wolff, S. B. (2008). Group-level emotional intelligence. In N.M. Ashkanasy & C.L. Cooper (Eds.), Research companion to emotion in organizations. (pp. 441-454). London: Edward Elgar.

Druskat, V. U., & Pescosolido, A. T. (2006). The impact of emergent leader emotionally competent behavior on team trust, communication, engagement, and effectiveness. In  W. J. Zerbe, N. Ashkanasy, and C. Hartel (Eds.)  Research on Emotions in Organizations, Volume 2: Individual and organizational perspectives on emotion management and display (pp. 25-55). Oxford, UK: Elsevier JAI.

Druskat, V. U., & Wolff, S. B. (2007). The effect of confronting members who break norms on team effectiveness. In L. Thompson, and K. Behfar (Eds.) Conflict in organizational teams. Evanston, IL: Northwestern University Press.

Druskat, V. U., & Druskat, P. D. (2006). Applying emotional intelligence in project management.  In S. Pryke and H. Smyth (Eds.) The management of complex projects: A relationship approach (pp.78-96). Oxford, UK: Blackwell.

Wolff, S. B., Druskat, V. U., Koman, E. S. & Messer, T. E., (2006). The link between group emotional competence and group effectiveness. In V.U. Druskat, F. Sala, and G. Mount (Eds.) Linking emotional intelligence and performance at work: Current research evidence with individuals and groups (pp. 223-242). Mahwah, NJ: LEA

Druskat, V. U., & Wolff, S. B. (2001). Group emotional competence and its influence on group effectiveness.  In Cary Cherniss and Daniel Goleman (Eds.), The emotionally intelligent workplace (pp. 132-155). San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.








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