Thomas Sy, PhD

S2-F Myths of Asian Leadership: Debunking the Asian Model Minority

About Thomas Sy, PhD

Dr. Thomas Sy is an award-winning scholar, teacher and consultant. He is currently on the faculty of the Department of Psychology at the University of California where he teaches and conducts research on leadership and teams, with particular focus on leadership and followership schemas, emotions, and diversity.

In addition to his research and teaching, Dr. Sy provides consulting, training, and coaching services to industry. He has served a variety of client organizations, including General Motors, Los Angeles County, Northrop Grumman, Salvation Army, EDS, Ford, Southern California Edison, Waste Management, Johnson & Johnson, Boeing, IBM, General Electric, U.S. Army Research Institute, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and the United States Marine Corp Special Operations Command. 

His research has been published in a variety of outlets, including the Journal of Applied Psychology, Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, Leadership Quarterly, Journal of Organizational Behavior, Journal of Vocational Behavior, as well appearing in popular media such as National Public Radio, London Times, Washington Post, and among others. 

Dr. Sy was formerly an advisor with a top-tier global management consultancy, specializing in corporate strategy and operations.  Dr. Sy has also served in the U.S. Army Special Forces (Green Beret) and was the Distinguished Honor Graduate for the U.S. Army Leadership Program, U.S. Army Special Forces Program, and U.S. Army Egyptian Arabic Language Program. He lives with his wife Sue and twins, Ethan and Nami, in Huntington Beach, CA.

University of St. Thomas - Minnesota Opus College of Business