Dr Nathan Eva is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Management at the Monash Business School. His work examines post heroic theories of leadership (servant, ethical, collective) and how they have profound and lasting effects on follower and organizational performance, innovation, and helping behaviours. Dr Eva was Highly Commended for his research as an Early Career Scholar for the 2018 ANZAM Excellence Awards.
Dr Eva received his PhD from Monash University in 2014, received the 2015 Emerald/EFMD Outstanding Doctorial Research Award in Leadership, awarded as a 2016 Greenleaf Scholar by the Greenleaf Centre for Servant Leadership, and highly commended award for the Australian and New Zealand Academy of Management ECR Award. He was nominated for the 2017 and 2016 Vice-Chancellor’s Award for Teaching Excellence, received the 2016 and 2013 Dean's Award for Teaching Excellence at the Monash Business School, and been consistently recognised for outstanding teaching by the Office of the Vice-Provost (Learning and Teaching).
Dr Eva’s research demonstrates that inclusive approaches to leadership have more profound and lasting effects on follower and organizational in-role and extra-role behaviours, than heroic leadership approaches. The romantic notion of leaders as heroes, where leaders are lauded for being ego-centric, has caused more damage than good, fuelling TV presidents and multiple corporate scandals. His research challenges the idea of heroic leadership and argues that we need to rethink how we lead and what leadership behaviours we should reward.
His peer-reviewed work appears in international outlets such as The Leadership Quarterly, Human Resource Management, Journal of Vocational Behavior, Journal of Business Ethics, and International Small Business Journal. Dr Eva is a committee member of the Network of Leadership Scholars and a facilitator for the International Leadership Association’s Leadership Education Academy.