David Burkus – Keynote Speaker

Leadership & Teamwork Expert, Internationally Renowned Keynote Speaker, Bestselling Author

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Specialist Subjects

  • Best Team Ever: The Surprising Science of High-Performing Teams
  • The Truth About Trust: Elevating Teams Through Psychological Safety
  • Innovation is a Team Sport: The Science of Creative Collaboration
  • Leading From Anywhere: How To Build High-Performing Remote and Hybrid Teams


  • English


One of the world’s leading business thinkers, David Burkus’ forward-thinking ideas and bestselling books are changing how companies approach leadership, teamwork, and collaboration.

A skilled researcher and inspiring communicator, Dr. David Burkus is the bestselling author of five books about business and leadership. His books have won multiple awards and have been translated into dozens of languages. Since 2017, David has been ranked multiple times as one of the world’s top business thought leaders. His insights on leadership and teamwork have been featured in the Harvard Business Review, The New York Times, CNN, the BBC, NPR, and CBS Mornings.

A former business school professor, David Burkus now works with leaders from organizations across all industries, including PepsiCo, Fidelity, Adobe, and NASA. David’s keynotes aren’t just entertaining and enlightening, they’re evidence-based and immensely practical–offering leaders at all levels a set of actionable takeaways they can implement immediately.

Popular Talks by David Burkus

Best Team Ever: The Surprising Science of High-Performing Teams

Every leader wants to build a high-performing team, and nearly everyone wants to be on one. But most teams fail to perform at their optimal level. We try to recruit star players, improve compensation, give copious feedback, obsess over engagement surveys, and in the end, we still don’t have the results we want and often feel we’re out of options. But the secret to unlocking performance isn’t recruiting new teammates or designing the perfect incentive. The most effective teams became that way by building the habits and culture of the team that allows for optimal performance. Talent doesn’t make the team; the team makes the talent. That’s what building the best team ever is all about. When you focus on improving the culture of the teams you lead–or the teams you’re on–you create an environment that improves the performance of everyone on it. In this entertaining and enlightening keynote, Dr. David Burkus reveals the secrets of the highest-performing teams in the world and how you can get started tomorrow applying those secrets.  Leaders will leave with a clear and concise understanding of how the culture of their team affects its performance, and a simple and practical blueprint for how to build the best team ever.

The Truth About Trust: Elevating Teams Through Psychological Safety

Collaboration is essential to teamwork. But it can be difficult to collaborate with people whose perspectives, preferences, and personalities are different from our own. It’s hard enough to build trust among the team and collaborate properly, but keeping that trust is even harder. That’s why high-performing teams don’t merely trust each other, they work to create a psychologically safe environment. An environment of trust and respect.  Trust is great, but trusting acts that aren’t met with a respectful response quickly diminish the culture and performance of a team. In this evidence-based, yet highly engaging keynote, Dr. David Burkus reveals how psychological safety is the key to leveraging all the diverse minds on our team, coming up with the best ideas, and finding the best solutions. You’ll learn how to increase trust on the teams you serve, but also how to model the respectful, collaborative behavior that keeps that trust level high—even in times of setbacks, failures, and conflict.

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