Learn More About Rosabeth Moss Kanter
What makes the difference between a good leader and an advanced leader? A good leader, says renowned strategy and innovation expert Rosabeth Moss Kanter, wields authority to complete tasks. An advanced leader can holistically solve complex issues relating to overhauling business models, implementing cultural transformation and even addressing wider societal issues like climate change or upgrading a nation’s infrastructure. Kanter’s decades-long career, during which she has advised the world’s biggest corporations on leadership and change, has always seen her on the vanguard of addressing the latest business and social issues. Today, she advises corporate leaders across industries on how they can not only change their companies but change the world.
A New York Times best-selling author and Harvard Business School professor, Kanter has inspired cutting-edge innovation, strategy, leadership and culture across a broad spectrum of for-profit and non-profit industries, including celebrated corporations like IBM, Proctor & Gamble and Verizon. Attendees of her talks emerge with the tools to not only become more effective corporate team members and leaders, but also to apply their business know-how to tackle social change. Kanter’s latest book, “Think Outside the Building: How Advanced Leaders Can Change the World One Smart Innovation at a Time” (January, 2020) draws on her work as director of Harvard’s Advanced Leadership Initiative. Offering examples of companies, entrepreneurs and philanthropists who have driven social change through innovative methods, “Think Outside the Building” – named a Best Business Book of 2020 in talent & leadership by Strategy+Business – moves well beyond corporate social responsibility to being active drivers of progress in education, health and the environment. Kanter’s latest work will be a blueprint for a new generation of organizational change-makers in an era where consumers and the public demand more than traditional philanthropy from corporations, and where brands can strengthen themselves by tackling social issues.
Named among the 50 most powerful women in the world (Times of London), the 50 most influential business thinkers in the world (Accenture and Thinkers 50), and recent recipient of the Thinkers50 Lifetime Achievement Award, Kanter is a distinguished social scientist, educator and writer whose strategic and practical insights guide leaders of large and small organizations worldwide. Her previous book, “MOVE: Putting America’s Infrastructure Back in the Lead” (W. W. Norton & Company, 2015), is a sweeping look across industries and technologies shaping the future of mobility and the leadership required for transformation. Kanter’s most highly regarded presentation themes – on the leadership of turnarounds and mastering change in turbulent times – are particularly relevant in today’s economic environment. Other popular lectures describe how to “load for growth,” outline the enduring skills of change leaders and explain why surprises are the new normal and resilience is the new skill.
Kanter holds the Ernest L. Arbuckle Professorship at Harvard Business School, where she specializes in strategy, innovation and leadership for change. She is also the founding chair and director of the Harvard Advanced Leadership Initiative (ALI), which helps successful leaders at the top of their professions apply their skills to national and global challenges in their next life stage. A collaboration across all of Harvard, ALI, which Kanter actively led from 2005 through 2018, aims to build a new leadership force for the world. In addition, through Goodmeasure Inc., the consulting group Kanter co-founded, she advises numerous CEOs and has partnered with IBM on applying her leadership tools from business to other sectors. She is a senior advisor for IBM’s Global Citizenship portfolio.
Kanter is the author or co-author of 20 books. “SuperCorp: How Vanguard Companies Create Innovation, Profits, Growth, and Social Good” (Crown Business, 2009), a manifesto for leadership of sustainable enterprises, was named one of the 10 Best Business Books of 2009 by Amazon.com. Kanter’s “Confidence: How Winning Streaks and Losing Streaks Begin and End” (Crown Business, 2004) was a New York Times best-seller and rated #1 by Businessweek. She is also one of the top business bloggers for Harvard Business Review, providing of-the-moment commentary on newsworthy items in relation to corporate social responsibility, leadership and innovation.
Kanter has received 24 honorary doctoral degrees, as well as numerous leadership awards and prizes. These include the Academy of Management’s Distinguished Career Award for her scholarly contributions to management knowledge; the World Teleport Association’s “Intelligent Community Visionary of the Year” award; the International Leadership Award from the Association of Leadership Professionals; the Warren Bennis Award for Leadership Excellence; and most recently, USC Annenberg School’s 2016 Everett M. Rogers Award. Kanter has served on numerous business and non-profit boards, including City Year – the urban “Peace Corps” now focused on addressing the school dropout crisis – and on a variety of national or regional commissions, including the Governor’s Council of Economic Advisors.
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