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Professor LAM Ho Wa Hodar

Hodar Lam

Research Assistant Professor 

BSocSc (HKU), MPhil-IOP (CUHK), MPhil, PhD (RSM)

Office:   VQ102/2, Visitors' Quarters
               Department of Psychology
               Lingnan University, Tuen Mun, Hong Kong

TEL:       (852) 2616 7806

FAX:      (852) 2616 5997

e-Mail:   [email protected]

Hodar Lam received his PhD in Organisational Behaviour at Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University (RSM). Before joining Lingnan University, he was an Assistant Professor of Work and Organisational Psychology at University of Amsterdam, where he obtained the Dutch University Teaching Qualification (Basiskwailificatie Onderwijs; BKO). He is the Chair of the Division of Industrial-Organizational Psychology, The Hong Kong Psychological Society.

With an industry background in human resources management and counselling, Hodar’s research focuses on emotion and well-being issues (especially loneliness and solitude) in leadership and work contexts. He has contributed knowledge to industry-oriented outlets, such as Forbes, QS Top Universities, and I/O at Work, and delivered webinars and podcasts about loneliness, leadership, well-being at work, and mental health, including:



  • Loneliness & solitude
  • Leadership
  • Leader-follower relationships
  • Emotions at work
  • Well-being interventions




Lam, H. H. W. (2023). Lonely-ship: The emergence and experience of leader loneliness [PhD Thesis]. Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University.

Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles

Lam, H., Giessner, S. R., Shemla, M., & Werner, M. D. (2024). Leader and leadership loneliness: A review-based critique and path to future research. The Leadership Quarterly, 101780.

Monzani, L., Bibic, K., Haslam, S. A., …, Lam, H., et al. (2024). Political leaders' identity leadership and civic citizenship behavior: The mediating role of trust in fellow citizens and the moderating role of economic inequality. Political Psychology. 

van Dierendonck, D., & Lam, H. (2023). Interventions to enhance eudaemonic psychological well‐being: A meta‐analytic review with Ryff’s Scales of Psychological Well‐being. Applied Psychology: Health and Well-Being, 15(2), 594-610.

van Dick, R., Cordes, B. L., Lemoine, J. E., Lam, H., et al. (2021). Identity Leadership, Employee Burnout and the Mediating Role of Team Identification: Evidence from the Global Identity Leadership Development Project. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 18(22), 12081.

Affum-Osei, E., Goto, S. G., Yeung, J. C., Wang, R., Lam, H., Inusah A-N., & Chan D. K-S. (2021). Examining the factorial validity of the entrepreneurial career motives scale: A five-nation comparison. Journal of Career Development, 48(5), 715-732.

Practice-Oriented Articles

Lam, H. (13/09/2022). Well-being interventions can help us grow stronger. University of Amsterdam.

Lam, H. (17/06/2020). Lonely at the top? Try the middle! In H. Leroy, V. Ohms, & D. Stam (Eds.), RSM Discovery 38: Focus on Leadership (pp. 19-21). Rotterdam: Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University. Online version at

Lam, H., Giessner, S. R., & Shemla, M. (17/06/2020). How to combat loneliness caused by COVID-19 crisis. Business Impact by Business Graduate Association.

Lam, H., Giessner, S. R., & Shemla, M. (08/05/2020). Four simple ways to combat the loneliness caused by COVID-19. Forbes.

Lam, H., Giessner, S. R., & Shemla, M. (27/03/2020). Tips: Loneliness and working from home during the COVID-19 crisis. RSM Discovery.

Lam, H. (06/10/2014). The connection between exhaustion & psychological detachment from work. I/O at Work.

Selected Peer-Reviewed Conference Proceedings

Lam, H., Markus, J. J., Ren, D., & Darouei, M. Cold but competent: The paradoxical effects of solitude expression on social reputation at work (* Finalist, Best Science Presentation Award). European Association of Work & Organisational Psychology Congress 2023, Katowice, Poland, 24-27/05/2023.

Lam, H., & Darouei, M. Disconnectedness at work: Conversations to connect theories and empirics. Symposium organised at the 82nd Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management, Seattle, USA, 05-09/08/2022.

Ingram, K. E., Lam, H., & Lim, J. Techniques for increasing meaningful connections in the remote learning environment. 81st Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management, 29/07-04/08/2021.

Lam, H., & Shemla, M. Why do powerful leaders feel less lonely? Upward self-disclosure as a mechanism to reduce leader loneliness. 79th Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management, Boston, USA, 09-13/08/2019.

Lam, H., Werner, M. D., & Giessner, S. R. Lonely, but not alone: Hidden and stigmatised experiences of leader loneliness in the workplace. 34th European Group of Organizational Studies Colloquium, Tallinn, Estonia, 05-07/07/2018


Teaching Subjects

Academic Year:  2023 - 2024:

1st Term:PSY605Coaching and Counselling in the Workplace
 PSY608Guided Research
2nd Term:PSY605Coaching and Counselling in the Workplace
 PSY608Guided Research
 MOP602Applied Education Management Project