Dr Hannes Leroy

Hannes Leroy

Associate Professor
Rotterdam School of Management (RSM)
Erasmus University Rotterdam


Hannes Leroy is interested in authentic leadership and how to develop it. That interest includes not only a passionate and critical view of the concept of authenticity but his past work also includes a better understanding of its unique outcomes (e.g., safety, error hiding and work engagement), antecedents (e.g., mindfulness training), and similarities and differences from related concepts (i.e., leader behavioral integrity, leader communication transparency). On the development side he is passionate about authenticity both in terms of developing leaders to use their unique or authentic self as a source of their leadership strength as well as the idea of real (i.e., actually moving the needle) leadership development.



Professional experience

Associate Professor

Erasmus University Rotterdam
RSM - Rotterdam School of Management
Department of Organisation and Personnel Management


Professional Publications

Scholarly Publications (27)


Editorial positions (4)

  • Journal of Applied Psychology

    Editorial Board

  • Journal of Management Studies

    Editorial Board

  • Personnel Psychology

    Editorial Board

  • Group and Organization Management

    Editorial Board


Media items

Discovery items

A quest for better leadership development

TEDx talk on leadership

RSM Discovery magazine 38 – out now!

Issue 38: under the editorship of the Erasmus Centre for Leadership is devoted to exploring just some of the many facets of leadership.

Leadership is like love: it can make you blind

If organisations take more time to make decisions they can overcome an automatic dislike for managers and an unconditional love for leaders.

Does morality in leadership matter? It depends on your definition of right and wrong.

Does morality matter for a leader? Research of Dr Hannes Leroy shows "yes", and benefits range from team performance to financial measures.

“Just be yourself” might not be the best advice

According to new research from Dr Hannes Leroy authenticity is not equally beneficial for everybody in every setting.

Are formal bonus procedures actually motivating your staff?

If the goal is to motivate the better performers, then allowing managers’ space to use their discretion is a good thing.

Understanding effective leadership development

To give this rapidly changing world the leaders it needs, we urgently need better leadership development. The Erasmus Centre for Leadership aims to do just that.

Middle Managers Find Walking the Talk Is Not Easy Without Top Management Support

To be an inspirational middle manager you need behavioral integrity. But how do you do that if you are undermined by higher management?

Leaders who ‘walk their talk’ improve performance and profits

Behavioural integrity is effective, because it improves your communication. And you can develop it! research by Hannes Leroy.


Skills seminars CEMS

  • Study year: 2020/2021
  • Code: BM-IM-SS
  • Level: Master

Your Future Career

  • Study year: 2021/2022, 2020/2021
  • Code: BMMEYFC
  • ECTS: 1 Level: Master, Master, Master, Master, Master, Master, Master

HRM Master Thesis

  • Study year: 2020/2021
  • Code: BMMTHRM
  • ECTS: 16 Level: Master

HRM-OCC Master Thesis

  • Study year: 2020/2021
  • ECTS: 16 Level: Master

OCC Master Thesis

  • Study year: 2020/2021
  • Code: BMMTOCC
  • ECTS: 16 Level: Master

Past courses

Behaviour in organisations

  • Study year: 2019/2020, 2018/2019
  • Code: BKB010

Human resource management

  • Study year: 2019/2020, 2018/2019, 2017/2018, 2016/2017, 2015/2016
  • Code: BKB1022
  • Level: Bachelor 3, Pre-master

ERIM Research Clinic Organising for Performance

  • Study year: 2018/2019, 2017/2018, 2016/2017
  • Code: BERMRC002
  • ECTS: 4 Level: Master

Research Methodology and Design

  • Study year: 2018/2019
  • Code: BMRM2SCM
  • ECTS: 3 Level: Master