Head shot of Brad Owens

Brad Owens

Professor and Stewart Grow-Fellow Disting,
Romney Institute of Public Service and Ethics
Download Vita

To view contact information, verify you are human below:


Brad Owens (PhD, University of Washington) is a Professor of Business Ethics in the Marriott School of Management at Brigham Young University. His research has been published in the Academy of Management Journal, Journal of Applied Psychology, Organization Science, Personnel Psychology, Leadership Quarterly, Journal of Management, Journal of Business Ethics, and Public Administration Review. Under the general umbrella of Positive Organizational Scholarship, his research focuses on the impact of leader humility on individuals and teams, ethical leadership, and relational energy. Brad's teaching interests include business ethics, organizational behavior, and leadership.


  • Post-Doc, Center for Positive Organizational Scholarship, University of Michigan, 2011
  • PhD, Organizational Behavior, University of Washington, 2009
  • MOB, Organizational Behavior, University of Washington, 2007
  • MPA, Public Administration, Brigham Young University, 2004
  • B.S., Human Development, Brigham Young University, 2002

Group Affiliations

  • Academy of Management — 2004–0

Selected Publications

  • "Motivation to Lead: A Meta-Analysis and Distal-Proximal Model of Motivation and Leadership.", Journal of Applied Psychology, Volume 105, Pages 331-354, 2020
  • "How Does Leader Humility Influence Team Performance? Exploring the Mechanisms of Contagion and Collective Promotion Focus", Academy of Management Journal, Volume 59, Pages 1088-1111, 2016
  • "Initiating and Utilizing Shared Leadership in Teams: The Role of Leader Humility, Team Proactive Personality, and Team Performance Capability", Journal of Applied Psychology, Volume 120, 2016
  • "Leader Relational Energy: Implications for Job Engagement and Job Performance.", Journal of Applied Psychology, Volume 101, Pages 35-49, 2015
  • "Leader Narcissism and Follower Outcomes: The Counterbalancing Effect of Leader Humility", Journal of Applied Psychology, Volume 100, Pages 1203-1213, 2015
  • "Humility in Organizations: Implications for Performance, Teams, and Leadership, Organization Science", Organization Science, Volume 24, Pages 1517-1538, 2013
  • "Moral Stress: Considering the Nature and Effects of Managerial Moral Uncertainty, Journal of Business Ethics", Journal of Business Ethics, Edition 4, Volume 106, Pages 491-502, 2012
  • "Modeling How to Grow: An Inductive Examination of Humble Leader Behaviors, Contingencies, and Outcomes, Academy of Management Journal", Academy of Management Journal, Pages 787-818, 2012
  • "Humility in Organizations", The Handbook of Positive Organizational Scholarship, Oxford University Press, 2011
  • "An Examination of Whether and How Race and Gender Biases Influence Customer Satisfaction Ratings, Academy of Management", Academy of Management Journal, Edition 2, Volume 53, Pages 238-264, 2010
  • "The Effect of Social Support on Work-Family Enhancement and Work-Family Conflict in the Public Sector", Public Administration Review, Edition 1, Volume 67, Pages 75-86, 2007
  • "A Self-Regulatory Perspective of Abusive Supervision: Psychological and Neurological Predictors.", Personnel Psychology
  • "Conveyed Leader PsyCap Predicting Leader Effectiveness through Positive Energizing.", Journal of Management
  • "Employees' improvisational behavior: Exploring the role of leader grit and humility.", Human Relations, Volume 35, Pages 1044-1053
  • "Empowering Others Through Vulnerability", Deseret News
  • "Growing Followers: Exploring the Effects of Leader Humility on Follower Self-expansion, Self-efficacy, and Performance", Journal of Management Studies
  • "How Leader Humility Helps Teams to be Humbler, Psychologically Stronger, and More Effective: A moderated Mediation Model", Leadership Quarterly, Volume forthcoming
  • "Leaders’ Humility and Team Performance: Exploring the Mechanisms of Team PsyCap and Task Allocation Effectiveness", Journal of Management, Volume Forthcoming
  • "Shaping positive and negative ties to improve team effectiveness: The role of leader humility and team helping norms.", Human Relations
  • "The Impact of Leader Moral Humility on Follower Moral Self-Efficacy and Behavior.", Journal of Applied Psychology, Edition 1, Volume 104, Pages 146-163
  • "The Science of Humble Narcissism", Fast Company
  • "Who Displays Humility, When Does it Matter, and How Does it Feel? Exploring the Antecedents, Contingencies, and Affective Impact of Leader Humility", Journal of Applied Psychology
  • "Your humility predicts my psychological safety and performance: The dyadic influence of coworker humility on performance.", Journal of Applied Psychology


  • Mid-Career Standout Scholar Award, Network of Leadership Scholars, Academy of Management, 2022
  • Distinguished Stuart L. Grow Faculty Fellow, Marriott School of Management, 2017
  • Templeton Foundation Grant to Study the Development of Leader Humility ($250K award), 2016
  • Center for Positive Organizations Research Affiliate, Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan, 2015
  • Wheatley Scholar Fellowship, Wheatley Institution, Brigham Young University, 2015
  • Stuart Grow Fellowship, Marriott School of Management, 2015
  • Templeton Foundation Grant to Study Intellectual Humility, 2 years, ($223,000 award), 2013
  • Saroj Parasuraman Outstanding Publication Award, Gender and Diversity in Organizations Division, Academy of Management, 2011
  • All University Milton Plesur Excellence in Teaching Award, State University of New York at Buffalo, 2011
  • Academy of Management Journal Best Paper of the Year, Academy of Management, 2010

BYU Citizenship

  • Research Committee — Committee/Council Chair — September 2016–0