John Kotter – Keynote Speaker

Professor of Leadership, Emeritus, at the Harvard Business School

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Specialist Subjects

  • Leadership
  • Change
  • Power and Influence


  • English


Professor John P. Kotter, a world-renowned expert on leadership at the Harvard Business School, has been the premier voice on how the best organizations actually “do” change. His international bestseller Leading Change — which outlined an actionable, 8-step process for implementing successful transformations — became the change bible for managers around the world.

Professor John Kotter is a graduate of MIT and Harvard. He joined the Harvard Business School faculty in 1972. In 1980, at the age of thirty-three, he was voted tenure and a full professorship.

Professor Kotter is the author of 17 books, his most recent book is Buy-In: Saving Your Good Idea from Getting Shot Down (2010). Other books include A Sense of Urgency (2008), Our Iceberg is Melting (2006) of The Heart of Change (2002), John P. Kotter on What Leaders Really Do (1999), Matsushita Leadership (1997), Leading Change (1996), The New Rules (1995), Corporate Culture and Performance (1992), A Force for Change (1990), The Leadership Factor (1988) and Power and Influence (1985). His books have been reprinted in eighty foreign language editions, and total sales are approaching two million copies. He has also created two executive videos, “Leadership” (1991) and “Corporate Culture” (1993), and an educational CD-ROM (1998) based on the Leading Change book. His articles in the Harvard Business Review have sold a million and a half copies.

Kotter’s honors include an Exxon Award for Innovation in Graduate Business School Curriculum Design and a Johnson, Smith and Knisely Award for New Perspectives in Business Leadership. In 1996, Leading Change was named the #1 management book of the year by Management General and in 1998, Matsushita Leadership won the Financial Times/Booz-Allen and Hamilton Global Business Book Award for biography/autobiography. In October 2001, Business Week magazine rated Kotter the #1 “leadership guru” in America based on a survey they conducted of 504 enterprises.

John Kotter lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts and in Ashland, New Hampshire with his wife, Nancy Dearman, and his children, Caroline and Jonathan.

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