Katie Badura, assistant professor of Organizational Behavior at the Georgia Tech Scheller College of Business, was recently awarded the 2023 Network of Leadership Scholars (NLS) Rising Star Early Career Award for her meaningful contributions to the field of leadership.
To qualify for the Rising Star Early Career Award, recipients must have received their Ph.D. within the last five years. They must have written about a topic of leadership in the field of organizational and industrial psychology, have a proven track record of publishing in top-tier journals, and be able to demonstrate a promising pipeline of work in the future.
"To see that the research I have worked on over the last several years has been recognized by other leadership researchers in the field is both meaningful and humbling,” said Badura. I feel immense gratitude for my collaborators who have joined me on this journey, for the support of my colleagues here at Georgia Tech, for the many students I have the opportunity to interact with, and for the unwavering love of my family.”
Badura's research focuses on how individuals emerge as leaders within an organization and how differences in personality, gender, and disability status, for example, impact employees, team members, and company outcomes.
"Because leadership research is an area I am incredibly passionate about, I have several projects in the works. Right now, I am particularly interested in understanding both the benefits and costs of emerging as a leader and what happens when the wrong individuals emerge as leaders or when the right ones don't emerge. These are being conducted with a rich array of collaborators from Georgia Tech and beyond, and I am looking forward to what we find in these studies," she said.
Badura teaches leadership classes in the MBA program and human resources management courses in the undergraduate program and has provided leadership training to various stakeholders across Georgia Tech and the greater Atlanta community.
She is also the winner of the Georgia Tech CTL/BP Junior Faculty Teaching Excellence Award and the Georgia Tech Student Recognition of Excellence in Teaching: CIOS Award. She has twice been recognized as a Georgia Tech Face of Inclusive Excellence and was the inaugural recipient of the Georgia Tech Scheller MBA Program Award for Service Excellence. She was also named a Poets&Quants 2022 Best 40-Under-40 MBA Professor.
Badura’s work has been featured in top academic outlets, including the Academy of Management Journal, the Journal of Applied Psychology, Personnel Psychology, and Psychological Bulletin.