Kenneth Rhee, Ph.D.

member emotional intelligence consortium

Affiliation: Northern Kentucky University


Dr. Kenneth S. Rhee is currently an Associate Professor of Management in the Department of Management and Founder & Director of Executive Leadership and Organizational Change Master’s Program at Haile/US Bank College of Business at Northern Kentucky University.  Prior to his appointment at NKU, he was Chair of the Weatherhead School of Management Assessment and Development program at Case Western Reserve University. His main areas of research are emotional intelligence, competency development, adult development, and leadership.

He has worked extensively on competency assessment and development over the past fifteen years with Fortune 500 organizations and non-profit and government institutions.  Some of his former and current clients include Chiquita, Coca Cola, Coopers and Lybrand, Johnson and Johnson, BF Goodrich, LTV Steel, Lexmark, NASA, Cincinnati Children's Hospital and others.  He has also been working in emotional competency development and leadership development coaching for the past 25 years.  He has also delivered numerous emotional competency development programs and speeches to a number of organizations including Miami University, Northwest Airlines, Family Business Institute, Sea World Entertainment, Bureau of Public Debt, and Lucent Technologies. 

He has also presented at numerous international or national conferences including International Conference on Competency Development at Rome, Italy, International Conference on Self-directed Learning, Council on Adult Education and Learning Conference, Academy of Management, University of Wisconsin System Business Consortium, and Utah State Business in Partners.

He is the author of several articles on emotional intelligence, self-directed behavior change and competencies including "Clustering competencies in emotional intelligence:  Insights from the emotional competence inventory" with Richard Boyatzis and Dan Goleman.  His paper "Educational Implications of Longitudinal Intervention on the Awareness of Self-Directed Change on Managerial Abilities" has been selected as best paper in Academy of Management Proceedings.  He is also a contributing author of the book Innovations in Professional Education: Steps on a Journey from Teaching to Learning.  He has also published in Journal of Management Education, International Journal of Organization and Theory, and Annual Advances of Case Research.

Professor Rhee has his BA in Chemistry from Johns Hopkins University, MS in Chemistry from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, MBA from Boston University, and Ph.D. in Organizational Behavior from Case Western Reserve University.


Rhee, K. S. & Sigler, T. H. (2015).  Untangling the relationship between gender and leadership.  Gender in Management:  an International Journal.  30(2), 109-134.   

Sigler, T. H. & Rhee, K. S. (2014).  Unlocking learning:  discovering the keys to effective assessment. Journal of Management 38(3), 303-312. 

Rhee, Kenneth S. & Sigler, Tracey. (2010).  Developing enlightened leaders for industry and community:  Executive education and service learning.  Journal of Management Education.  34 (1), 163-181.

Dynan, L., Cate, T., and Rhee, K.  (2008).  The impact of learning structure on students’ readiness for self-directed learning.  Journal of Education for Business.  (November/December), 96-100.

Rhee, Kenneth.  (2008) The beat and rhythm of competency development over two years.  Journal of Management Development, 27 (1), 146-160.

Rhee, K. S., & White, R. J. (2007). The emotional intelligence of entrepreneurs. Journal of Small Business & Entrepreneurship, 20 (4), 409-425.

Rhee, K. & Sigler, T. (2005). Science versus humankind:  The Yin and Yang of motivation theory.  International Journal of Organization Theory and Behavior. 8(3).

Levin, A., Dato-On, M., Rhee, K. (2004). Money For Nothing and Hits For Free:  The Ethics of Downloading Music from Peer-to-Peer Web Sites. Journal of Marketing Theory and Practice.

Rhee, K. (2003). Self-directed learning:  To be aware or not to be aware.  Journal of Management Education, 27(5) 568-589.

Boyatzis, R.E., Leonard, D., Rhee, K., and Wheeler, J.  (1998). Competencies can be developed, but not in the way we thought. Capability: Journal of Higher Education for Capability, 2(2), 21-41.

Book Chapters

Rhee, K. S., & Sigler, T. H. (2014). Leading with heart: The impact of emotionally intelligent leadership. In A. Manuti & P. D. de Palmer (Eds.), Why human capital is important for organizations: People come first. London, England: Palgrave McMillian

Boyatzis, R., Fambrough, M., Leonard, D., & Rhee, K. (2009). Emotional and social intelligence competencies of effective project managers. In D. I. Cleland & B. Bidanda (Eds.), Project management circa 2025 (pp. 273-287). Newton Square, Pennsylvania: Project Management Institute, Inc.

Boyatzis, R.E., Goleman, D., & Rhee, K.S. (2000). Clustering competence in emotional intelligence:  Insights from the Emotional Competence Inventory (ECI). In Reuven Bar-On & J. Parker (Eds.), Handbook of Emotional Intelligence. San Francisco:  Jossey-Bass.

Boyatzis, R. E., Baker, A., Leonard, D., Rhee, K., and Thompson, L. (1995). Will it make a difference: Assessing a value-added, outcome-oriented, competency-based professional program?  In R. Boyatzis, D. Kolb, and Cowen, S (Eds.).  Innovating in Management Education: A Journey from Teaching to Learning. Jossey Bass: California 167-202.








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