Payal Sharma

Assistant Professor, Lee Business School
Expertise: Power, Leadership, Stress


Payal Sharma is an assistant professor and field researcher who studies power and stress in organizations. Prior to joining UNLV's Lee Business School, she was a visiting faculty member at the Wharton School and tenure-track faculty member at Rutgers Business School.

Her current research includes conducting qualitative work on power dynamics in the hip hop and rap music industry, and understanding how male leaders who are agreeable, empathetic and vulnerable can experience less gender backlash in their job settings. She is also the founder of an experiential stress management workshop for business school junior faculty held annually at the Academy of Management conference.

Her research has been published in Journal of Applied Psychology, Leadership Quarterly, and Group and Organization Management, among others.


  • Ph.D., Organizational Behavior, University of Maryland, College Park
  • M.A., Higher Education, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
  • M.A., Organizational Management, The George Washington University
  • B.A., History, University of California, San Diego
  • B.A., Anthropology, University of California, San Diego

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Payal Sharma In The News

October 13, 2021
Many remote leaders who feel constrained, drained, and isolated are just getting in their own way.
June 29, 2021
Dr. Payal Sharma is an Assistant Professor at UNLV teaches courses focused on Leadership and Power Dynamics, who has a Ph.D in Organization Behavior from the University of Maryland.
June 30, 2020
Welcome to a Bonus Q&A with Dr. Payal Sharma! We answer real-life workplace conundrums – AKA office politics questions – that were submitted by listeners via Instagram.
June 22, 2020
Power and politics go hand-in-hand in the workplace. Much of the wasteful energy we see unfold from office politics may relate to old trauma, old stories that leaders carry from their home to the office. Trauma seeps its way into the workplace, and at times into the threads of leadership if they are not acknowledged and addressed. Dr. Payal Sharma, a field researcher who studies power and stress in organizations, shares her tips and findings with us. We discuss types of power, how personal trauma can play out at work, how to prime yourself to feel more powerful, and how to manage up when dealing with a difficult boss.

Articles Featuring Payal Sharma

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Research | March 26, 2020
UNLV management professor Payal Sharma and mindset expert James Silvas explore ways trauma can provide opportunities and shape us.