Susan David, Ph.D. is one of the world’s leading management thinkers and an award winning Harvard Medical School psychologist. Her new #1 Wall Street Journal bestselling book, Emotional Agility and based on the concept Harvard Business Review heralded as a Management Idea of the Year, describes the psychological skills critical to thriving in times of complexity and change.
She is a frequent contributor to the Harvard Business Review, New York Times, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, and guest on national radio and television. Named on the Thinkers50 list of people shaping the future of organizations and management, Susan is a sought-after keynote speaker and consultant, with clients that include the World Economic Forum, EY, United Nations, Google, Microsoft, NASDAQ, and many other national and multinational organizations.
Her focus is on defining and executing effective strategy, especially in the areas of engagement, high-performance leadership, and culture change.
Susan is the CEO of Evidence Based Psychology, on the faculty at Harvard Medical School, a Cofounder of the Institute of Coaching (a Harvard Medical School/McLean affiliate), and on the Scientific Advisory Boards of Thrive Global and Virgin Pulse.
Susan is also core faculty of the global Homeward Bound, an allwomen leadership program that culminates in an expedition to Antarctica and aims at increasing the influence and impact of women in the sciences.
BA, MA (Research Psychology),
MA (Clinical Psychology),
PhD (Emotions Research);
Post doctorate (Emotions Research, Yale University);
Award winning psychologist on faculty at Harvard Medical School;
Co-founder, Institute of Coaching at Harvard/McLean Hospital;
Psychologist, Harvard Medical School;
Named on the 2017 Thinkers50 Radar list; the thinkers most likely to shape the future of how organizations are managed and led;
Scientific Advisory Board, Virgin Pulse (part the the Richard Branson, Virgin Group).
Author of the #1 Wall Street Journal bestselling book, Emotional Agility. #1 Wall Street Journal Best Seller;
USA Today Best Seller;
Books for a Better Life Award Winner;
Amazon Best Books of the Year;
CEO-Reads Editor’s Choice;
Axiom Business Book Award Medalist; •
Best Books for Creative Leaders;
Facebook Read to Lead; •
LinkedIn's 12 Books on Leadership to Read in 2017; •
Success's 71 Best Books to Make You Successful; •
Business Insider's 8 Books That Will Change Your Life in 2017; •
Harvard Business Review, Management Idea of the Year;
Academic books include: The Oxford Handbook of Happiness (Oxford University Press) with foreword by His Majesty Wangchuck, King of Bhutan (the first country to assess gross domestic happiness) and Beyond Goals (Gower).
In the media:
Dr. David’s work has been the subject of extensive media coverage. Examples in the last 12 months include: New York Times; Washington Post; Wall Street Journal; New York Magazine; TIME; Business Insider; Fast Company; Health Magazine; US News; Daily Telegraph; National Geographic; MSNBC; INC.com; Forbes; Self Magazine; Shape Magazine, Strategy + Business; National Public Radio (NPR Here &Now); PBS News Hour. Dr. David also is a frequent contributor to the Harvard Business Review.