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Gerard Seijts

Professor, Organizational Behaviour

Executive Director, Ian O. Ihnatowycz Institute for Leadership
Ian O. Ihnatowycz Chair in Leadership

Contact Information


  • Organizational Change
  • Organizational Justice
  • Goal Setting and Motivation
  • Leadership Behaviour in Teams
  • Group Decision-making

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Gerard Seijts received his PhD from the University of Toronto in 1998. Prior to joining Ivey Business School in 2000, he was on the faculty at the I.H. Asper School of Business at the University of Manitoba. Gerard is teaching on several leadership programs. For example, he has worked with organizations including Aecon, Intact Financial Corporation, OMERS, Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan, Maple Leaf Foods, J.D. Irving Limited, Hutchison Ports, Cigna, A.S. Watson, Bank of China Hong Kong and many others. He has also worked with local government in Canada and Hong Kong on issues such as leadership and change. Gerard has taught EMBA, MBA and undergraduate courses in leadership, leading change, organizational behavior, performance management and staffing.

His research activities, spanning journal articles, book chapters, and conference papers, cover a wide range of topics including leadership, change, goal setting, training and development, teams, organizational justice, and performance management. He also enjoys writing practitioner-oriented articles.

Gerard has written cases on topics including but not limited to leadership, leading change, organizational turnarounds, crisis management, organizational culture and alignment, teams and managing conflict in teams. Recently, he authored or co-authored four books: Leadership on Trial: A Manifesto for Leadership Development; Good Leaders Learn: Lessons from Lifetimes of Leadership; Developing Leadership Character; and Leadership in Practice: Theory and Cases in Leadership Character.

Gerard is the recipient of awards for research, innovation in teaching and outreach activities. He is the Executive Director of the Ian O. Ihnatowycz Institute for Leadership. We aspire to be recognized by researchers and practitioners as a globally leading Institute for research, teaching and outreach regarding the awareness, assessment and development of leader character.


  • Leading People and Organizations (HBA, MBA and EMBA programs)
  • Cross-Enterprise Leadership (HBA and MBA programs)
  • Leading Change (HBA and MBA programs)
  • Leadership under Fire: Developing Leader Character (HBA program)

Programs Taught

  • Executive Education


  • PhD, University of Toronto

Recent Refereed Articles

  • Seijts, G. H.; Young-Milani, K., (Forthcoming), "The myriad ways in which COVID-19 revealed character", Organizational Dynamics.
  • Seijts, G. H.; Wright, T. A., (Forthcoming), "Why Character Matters", Organizational Dynamics.
  • Bhardwaj, R.; Seijts, G. H., (Forthcoming), "Leader character in the boardroom", Organizational Dynamics.
  • de Clercy, C.; Seijts, G. H.; Nguyen, B., (Forthcoming), "Do Canadian and American Voters Evaluate Leader Character Similarly? Comparing Voters’ Perceptions of Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton, and Justin Trudeau", American Review of Canadian Studies.
  • Seijts, G. H.; Espinoza, J.; Carswell, J., 2020, "Utility Analysis of Character Assessment in Employee Placement", Leadership and Organization Development Journal, September 41(5): 703 - 720.
  • Seijts, G. H.; de Clercy, C., 2020, "How Do Populist Voters Rate Their Political Leaders? Comparing Citizen Assessments in Three Jurisdictions", Politics and Governance, March 8(1): 133 - 145.
  • Seijts, G. H.; Byrne, A.; Crossan, M. M.; Gandz, J., 2019, "Leader Character in Board Governance", Journal of Management and Governance, March 23(1): 227 - 258.
  • Seijts, G. H.; de Clercy, C.; Nguyen, B., 2018, "Exploring How Canadian Voters Evaluate Leader Character in Three Cases: Justin Trudeau, Hillary Clinton And Donald Trump", Journal of Canadian Studies, November 52(2): 427 - 450.
  • Byrne, A.; Crossan, M. M.; Seijts, G. H., 2018, "The Development of Leader Character Through Crucible Moments", Journal of Management Education, April 42(2): 265 - 293.
  • Seijts, G. H.; Gandz, J., 2018, "Transformational Change and Leader Character", Business Horizons, March 61(2): 239 - 249.
  • Crossan, M. M.; Byrne, A.; Seijts, G. H.; Reno, M.; Monzani, L.; Gandz, J., 2017, "Toward a Framework of Leader Character in Organizations", Journal of Management Studies, November 54(7): 986 - 1018.
  • Seijts, G. H.; Crossan, M. M.; Carleton, E., 2017, "Embedding leader character into HR practices to achieve sustained excellence", Organizational Dynamics, March 46(1): 30 - 39.
  • Latham, G. P.; Seijts, G. H.; Slocum, J., 2016, "The Goal Setting and Goal Orientation Labyrinth: Effective Ways For Increasing Employee Performance", Organizational Dynamics, December 45(4): 271 - 277.
  • Latham, G. P.; Seijts, G. H., 2016, "Similarities and Differences Among Performance, Behavioral, and Learning Goals", Journal of Leadership and Organizational Studies, August 23(3): 225 - 233.
  • Seijts, G. H., 2016, "The best objective in life is to be a good ancestor: An interview with Tim Hockey", Business Horizons, May 59(3): 249 - 255.

For more publications please see our Research Database


  • Professor, Western University, Ivey Business School (July 2013-present)
  • Associate Professor, Western University, Ivey Business School (July 2005-June 2013)
  • Assistant Professor, Western University, Ivey Business School (July 2000-June 2005)
  • Assistant Professor, University of Manitoba, I.H. Asper School of Business (June 1997-July 2000)

Research/Course Development

  • Leadership
  • Leader Character
  • Organizational Change
  • Motivation and Goal-setting
  • Training and Development
  • Performance Management
  • Team Processes