Faculty Profiles

Scott Taylor

  • Associate Professor
Academic Division: Management


Scott Taylor is an Associate Professor of organizational behavior at Babson College, a research fellow with the Coaching Research Lab at Case Western Reserve University, a member of the Consortium for Advancing Adult Learning & Development (CAALD) convened by McKinsey & Company, and a core member of the Consortium for Research on Emotional Intelligence in Organizations (CREIO).

The primary focus of his research is leader assessment and development. He studies the various approaches organizations use to assess and develop their leaders, evaluates the effectiveness of those approaches, and develops new approaches to improve leader assessment and development. As a result, his research has focused on competency development (especially emotional and social competence), leader self-awareness, 360-degree feedback assessment, executive coaching, sustainable individual change, and management education.

Scott has won a number of awards for both his research and his teaching. His scholarly work has appeared in several outlets such as Academy of Management Learning & Education, Frontiers in Psychology, Harvard Business Review, Human Relations, Industrial and Organizational Psychology: Perspectives on Science and Practice, Journal of Applied Behavioral Science, Journal of Leadership Studies, Journal of Management Development, Journal of Management Education, Journal of Organizational Behavior, PLoS ONE, and Organizational Dynamics. In addition, Scott has over twenty years of teaching experience in a variety of settings. He has been an instructor and facilitator of leadership development, human resource, and organizational behavior courses to executive, graduate, and undergraduate students.

As part of the Babson Executive and Enterprise Education faculty, Scott has taught in custom programs for, among others, Assa Abloy, Biogen, Dell EMC, FLIR Systems, Grant Thornton, MCAA, MilliporeSigma, National Football League, Siemens, and Veolia. Independent of Babson, Scott’s has worked domestically and internationally with many companies in a variety of industries. His past and present executive development work includes organizations such as Coca-Cola FEMSA, Fifth Third Bank, Office for Financial Research (of the United States Treasury), Pemex Gas y Petroquímica Básica, Sandia National Laboratories, and the Smucker Company.

Scott is an accredited consultant for the Emotional and Social Competence Inventory (ESCI), a member of the Academy of Management, the American Psychological Association, the Society of Industrial and Organizational Psychology, and the Organizational Behavior Teaching Society.

Scott has a B.A. in Spanish from Brigham Young University and received an MBA with concentrations in organizational behavior and human resource policy and a PhD in organizational behavior from Case Western Reserve University. Prior to joining Babson College, Scott was an assistant professor in the School of Management at Boston University and later an associate professor with tenure in the Anderson School of Management at the University of New Mexico.

MSNBC, Business Week, The Wall Street Journal blog, Nature, the Society for Human Resource Managers, the Academy of Management, The Globe and Mail, and other media outlets have featured Scott’s research.

Academic Degrees

  • Ph D, Case Western Reserve University
  • MBA, Case Western Reserve University
  • BA, Brigham Young University

Academic Interests

Leadership Development; Organizational Behavior

Awards & Honors

  • 2017 — Babson College Faculty Scholarship Award, Babson College
  • 2017 — Babson Research Scholar Award, Babson College
  • 2017 — Invited member of the Consortium for Advancing Adult Learning & Development (CAALD), McKinsey & Company
  • 2016 — Babson College Deans’ Award for Teaching Excellence in Executive Education, Babson College
  • 2016 — Best Symposium in Management Education and Development Award, Academy of Management
  • 2015 — Breakthrough Performance Award, Babson College Executive Education
  • 2014 — Women’s Leadership Research Best of 2014, Women’s Leadership Center of Kennesaw University
  • 2013 — Academy of Management Learning & Education: Recognition for Research, Academy of Management
  • 2012 — Core Membership, Consortium for Research on Emotional Intelligence in Organizations


  • Degree Courses 2019

  • Degree Courses 2018



Journal Articles

  • Van Oosten, E.B., McBride-Walker, M.M., Taylor, S.N. (in press). The impact of emotional and social competence and executive coaching on leader development and effectiveness. . Consulting Psychology Journal: Practice and Research. American Psychological Association.
  • Cross, R.L., Taylor, S.N., Zehner, D., , . (2018). Collaboration without burnout. Harvard Business Review. Vol: 96, Issue: 4, Page: 134-137.
  • Atwater, L.E., Tringale, A.A., Taylor, S.N., Braddy, P.W. (in press). Looking ahead: How what we know about sexual harassment now informs us of the future. Organizational Dynamics.
  • Taylor, S.N. (2016). Don’t give up on the self too quickly. Industrial and Organizational Psychology: perspectives on science and practice. Vol: 9, Issue: 4, Page: 795-813. Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology.
  • Taylor, S.N., Sturm, R.E., Atwater, L.E., Braddy, P.W. (2016). Underestimating one’s leadership impact: Are women leaders more susceptible?. Organizational Dynamics. Vol: 45, Issue: 2, Page: 132-138. Elsevier.
  • Jack, A.I., Friedman, J.P., Boyatzis, R.E., Taylor, S.N. (2016). Why Do You Believe in God? Relationships between Religious Belief, Analytic Thinking, Mentalizing and Moral Concern. PLoS ONE. Vol: 11, Issue: 5, Page: 1-21. Public Library of Science. link
  • Byrnes, R.T., Taylor, S.N. (2015). Voluntary transition of the CEO: owner CEOs' sense of self before, during and after transition. Frontiers in Psychology. Vol: 6, Page: 16. Frontiers Research Foundation.
  • Boyatzis, R.E., Rochford, K., Taylor, S.N. (2015). The role of the positive emotional attractor in vision and shared vision: toward effective leadership, relationships, and engagement. Frontiers in Psychology. Vol: 6, Page: 13. Frontiers Research Foundation.
  • Amdurer, E., Boyatzis, R.E., Saatcioglu, A., Smith, M.L., Taylor, S.N. (2014). Long term impact of emotional, social and cognitive intelligence competencies and GMAT on career and life satisfaction and career success. Frontiers in Psychology. Vol: 5, Page: 15. Frontiers Research Foundation.
  • Mahon, E.G., Taylor, S.N., Boyatzis, R.E. (2014). Antecedents of organizational engagement: exploring vision, mood and perceived organizational support with emotional intelligence as a moderator. Frontiers in Psychology. Vol: 5. Frontiers Research Foundation.
  • Powley, E.H., Taylor, S.N. (2014). Pedagogical Approaches to Develop Critical Thinking and Crisis Leadership. Journal of Management Education. Vol: 38, Issue: 4, Page: 560-585. Sage Publications, Inc.. link
  • Sturm, R.E., Taylor, S.N., Atwater, L.E., Braddy, P.W. (2014). Leader self-awareness: An examination and implications of women's under-prediction. Journal of Organizational Behavior. Vol: 35, Issue: 5, Page: 657-677. John Wiley & Sons Ltd..
  • Taylor, S.N. (2014). Student Self-Assessment and Multisource Feedback Assessment: Exploring Benefits, Limitations, and Remedies. Journal of Management Education. Vol: 38, Issue: 3, Page: 359-383. Sage Publications, Inc..
  • (2014). Why do Managers Engage in Trustworthy Behavior? A Multilevel Cross-Cultural Study in 18 Countries. Personnel Psychology. Vol: 67, Issue: 1, Page: 61–98. Wiley-Blackwell Publishing, Inc..
  • Taylor, S.N., Boyatzis, R.E. (2012). Looking at Stress and Learning: Peer Coaching with Compassion as a Possible Remedy. Transformative Dialogues: Teaching and Learning Journal. Vol: 6, Issue: 1, Page: 1-14. Kwantlen Polytechnic University. link
  • Taylor, S.N., Wang, M., Zhan, Y. (2012). Going beyond self–other rating comparison to measure leader self-awareness. Journal of Leadership Studies. Vol: 6, Issue: 2, Page: 6-31. John Wiley & Sons, Inc.. link
  • Taylor, S.N. (2012). The influence of emotional and social competencies on the performance of Peruvian refinery staff. Cross Cultural Management: an international journal. Vol: 19, Issue: 1, Page: 19-29. Emerald Group Publishing Limited. link
  • Taylor, S.N., Bright, D.S. (2011). Exploring conditions for openness in multisource feedback assessment. Journal of Applied Behavioral Science. Vol: 47, Issue: 4, Page: 432-460. Sage Publications, Inc..
  • Taylor, S.N., Hood, J. (2011). It may not be what you think: Gender differences in predicting emotional and social competence. Human Relations. Vol: 64, Issue: 5, Page: 627-652. Sage Publications, Inc..
  • Taylor, S.N. (2010). Redefining leader self-awareness by integrating the second component of self-awareness. Journal of Leadership Studies. Vol: 3, Issue: 4, Page: 57-68.
  • Taylor, S.N. (2006). Why the real self is fundamental to intentional change. Journal of Management Development. Vol: 25, Page: 643-656.
  • Boyatzis, R.E., Taylor, S.N., Stubbs, E. (2002). Learning cognitive and emotional intelligence competencies. Academy of Management Learning & Education. Vol: 1, Issue: 2, Page: 150-162.


  • Boyatzis, R.E., Rochford, K., Taylor, S.N. (2015). The impact of shared vision on leadership, engagement, citizenship and coaching.. Page: 199. Frontiers in Psychology.

Book Chapters

  • Powley, E.H., Taylor, S.N. (2014). Leading healing in a broken unit: Understanding Complex Military Operations: A case study approach. Page: 115-131. Routledge Studies in Security and Conflict Management.

Articles - Circular or newsletter (e.g., Babson Insight)

  • Cross, R.L., Taylor, S.N. (2018). How successful people manage collaborative overload. . link
  • Taylor, S.N. (2018). How to become a resonant leader: Babson Thought & Action. Babson College. link


  • Rethinking what we think about leadership: Self and social awareness really matter Taylor, S. Babson College Alumni Weekend, Wellesley, MA (2018)
  • Leader performance and derailment: Exploring gender effects in self-other ratings Phillip, B. Rachel, S. Atwater, L. Taylor, S. McKee, R. SIOP Annual Meeting, Chicago, IL (2018)
  • Revisiting the meaning of self-awareness: Considering its second component Taylor, S. Consortium for Advancing Adult Learning and Development, Boston, MA (2017)
  • Rethinking effective leadership in a VUCA environment Taylor, S. Taste of Babson, Andover, MA (2017)
  • Evolution or devolution of 360° feedback: Let’s debate it! Taylor, S. Bracken, D. Braddy, P. Rose, D. Kabins, A. Scott, J. SIOP Annual Conference, Orlando, FL (2017)
  • Women leaders' meta-accuracy: Examining referent group, self-promotion, and sexism Taylor, S. Braddy, P. Sturm, R. Atwater, L. SIOP Annual Meeting, Orlando, FL (2017)
  • Don’t give up on the self too quickly in 360-feedback assessment Taylor, S. Babson Faculty Research Fund Research Chat, Babson Park, MA (2017)
  • What kind of leader do you want to be? Taylor, S. Babson Student Leadership Seminar, Wellesley, MA (2016)
  • Expanding how we define coaching effectiveness Taylor, S. Van Oosten, E. Passarelli, A. 2016 Columbia University Coaching Conference, New York, New York (2016)
  • Coaching with self-awareness and an outward mindset Taylor, S. Coaching Research Lab Member Meeting, Cleveland, OH (2016)
  • Positive affect: Examining the association between coach self-awareness and coach effectiveness Taylor, S. Academy of Management Conference , Anaheim, CA (2016)
  • The meaning of leadership (part of a Professional Development Workshop presentation for A New Wave of OD Innovation? Exploring the Fertile Soil at the Nexus of Dialogic OD and Positive Social Science) Taylor, S. Academy of Management Conference , Anaheim, CA (2016)
  • What every manager should understand about stress Taylor, S. Babson MBA General Management Club meeting, Wellesley, MA (2016)
  • Emotional intelligence: What really matters. Taylor, S. Babson Friends and Family Weekend, Wellesley, MA (2015)
  • Voluntary transition at the top: Former CEOs’ sense of self before, during and after transition Byrnes, R. Taylor, S. Academy of Management Conference (Careers Division), Vancouver, Canada (2015)
  • Why do you believe in God? Opposing relationship of empathy and analytical thinking Jack, A. Boyatzis, R. Taylor, S. Friedman, J. Spirituality and Creativity in Management World Congress, Barcelona, Spain (2015)
  • Leadership: New Insights on What Really Matters Taylor, S. American Society for Training & Development, Albuquerque, NM (2014)
  • Rethinking management education: What really matters? Taylor, S. ASC Student Assembly Group, Albuquerque, NM (2014)
  • Leadership through emotional and social competence Taylor, S. Kirtland Federal Credit Union, Albuquerque, NM (2014)
  • Longitudinal impact of EI, SI and CI competencies on career and life satisfaction and career success Amdurer, E. Boyatzis, R. Saatcioglu, A. Smith, M. Taylor, S. Academy of Management Conference (Careers Division), Lake Buena Vista, FL (2013)
  • Predicted-other ratings: An examination and implications for women leaders Sturm, R. Taylor, S. Atwater, L. Braddy, P. Academy of Management Conference (GDO Division), Lake Buena Vista, FL (2013)
  • Impact of leader competency type with leader promotability: Extending self-other agreement research Taylor, S. Gentry, W. Hulett, A. Cullen, K. Academy of Management Conference (OB Division), Lake Buena Vista, FL (2013)
  • The four cardinal competencies of emotional and social competence Taylor, S. Fifth Third Bank Coaching Forum conference call presentation, Cincinnati, OH (2013)
  • Leadership through emotional and social competence Taylor, S. New Mexico Legal Assistants Conference, Albuquerque, NM (2013)
  • The science behind positive leadership development Taylor, S. Organizational Effectiveness Lecture Series, Dayton, OH (2013)
  • Leading with emotional and social competence Taylor, S. Health Science Center Brown Bag Lunch Session, Albuquerque, NM (2013)
  • Leadership through resonance Taylor, S. Perfect Wedding Guide Business Networking Luncheon, Albuquerque, NM (2012)
  • Leadership through emotional and social intelligence Taylor, S. Anderson School of Management Homecoming Alumni Series, Albuquerque, NM (2012)
  • The importance of caring: Renewing an old concept as a new direction for leadership Taylor, S. Fifth Third Bank Coaching Forum conference call presentation, Cincinnati, OH (2012)
  • What are our students learning? Outcome assessment: Learning, development, and accreditation Batista, J. Boyatzis, R. Garli, F. Serlavos, R. Taylor, S. Academy of Management Conference (MED Division), Boston, MA (2012)
  • Compassionate mentoring and coaching: Drawing upon social and emotional competence Taylor, S. College of Nursing, University of New Mexico’s Health Science Center, Albuquerque, NM (2012)
  • Predicting supervisor ratings: The effects of gender, age, and personality Sturm, R. Taylor, S. Atwater, L. 27th Annual SIOP Conference, San Diego, CA (2012)
  • Teaching teamwork and elements of high performing teams Taylor, S. Rinchem Inc. Leadership Meeting, Albuquerque, NM (2012)