SEAN T. HANNAH
Tylee Wilson Chair of Business Ethics and Professor of Management
Executive Director of the Center for Leadership and Character
Schools of Business, Wake Forest University
Colonel, U.S. Army (Retired)
Sean Hannah is an experienced practicing senior leader and a scholar whose theoretical and empirical work is published in the top journals in the management field. He focuses on the study of character-based leader development, exemplary leadership and its positive effects, behavioral ethics, and the building of high performing teams.
Prior to his appointment to the Wilson Chair at Wake Forest he served for five years as the first Director of the Center for the Army Profession and Ethic (CAPE) at West Point – The United States Military Academy, in NY. CAPE is the Army’s overall proponent and subject matter experts for the profession, ethics, and character-based leader development. He previously served as the Director of Leadership and Management Programs at West Point. Dr. Hannah has served in command and staff positions in Infantry units in Europe, Cuba, Panama, Southwest Asia, and the United States. He served in combat with the lead unit of 3d Armored Division during Desert Storm, where his unit was awarded the Valorous Unit Award and he the Bronze Star; and also in other contingency operations such as Operation Sea Signal (Panama and Cuba), and Joint Task Force Los Angeles (LA Riots). He was in the Pentagon on 9/11 and the day after the attack was assigned as the Budget Director of Resource Services-Washington, the Army organization that sustained the highest casualty level in the attack, and led the reconstitution of that organization and its processes and systems to reestablish a $32 billion dollar budget. He has served from the lowest tactical levels to the highest strategic levels, having worked for two Chiefs of Staff of the Army and an Assistant Secretary of the Army. Upon his retirement he was awarded the Legion of Merit to honor his 26 years of service.
Dr. Hannah holds a PhD in Management from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, a Masters of Business Administration from Syracuse University, a Masters of Arts in Public Administration from Syracuse University, a Masters in National Security Studies from the Marine Corps University, and a Bachelor in Political Science from California State University.
He sits on the editorial boards of the Journal of Applied Psychology, Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, the Leadership Quarterly, and Business Ethics Quarterly. He has over 60 publications on leadership including papers in the premier management journals such as the Academy of Management Journal, Academy of Management Review, Personnel Psychology, Journal of Applied Psychology, Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, the Journal of Organizational Behavior; the Leadership Quarterly; Business Ethics Quarterly; and many others.
An engaged and effective educator and trainer, he synthesizes his research and practical leadership experience to engage students and leaders and enhance their learning. Beyond university teaching he has conducted over 150 executive education programs with major corporations and other organizations on leadership, leader development and character development.
Professor Hannah's expertise is in leader development, character development and behavioral ethics, and the development of leadership capacity through bolstering leader's identity, courage, and confidence. He also has significant expertise in leadership in extreme contexts and crisis situations.