Linda A. Hill, Ph.D.


Linda flunked kindergarten (but she loved it). Her mother shared this news with her for the first time when she came to visit one of her MBA classes and they asked her for a fun fact.

Linda A. Hill is the Wallace Brett Donham Professor of Business Administration at the Harvard Business School and chair of the leadership initiative. She is regarded as one of the world’s top experts on leadership, named by Thinkers50 as one of the top 10 management thinkers in the world in 2013, and recipient of the Thinkers50 Innovation Award in 2015. Linda is the author or co-author of several award-winning articles and books including Collective Genius: The Art and Practice of Leading Innovation, Being the Boss: The 3 Imperatives of Becoming a Great Leader and Becoming a Manager: How New Managers Master the Challenges of Leadership. Her TED Talk on how to manage for collective creativity has more than two million views.

Linda’s research and consulting focuses on leadership development, leading change and innovation, and implementing global strategies. In 2014, she co-founded Paradox Strategies, an advisory and research firm that advises organizations and boards on leadership and innovation.

Linda serves on the board of trustees of the ArtCenter College of Design. She also serves on the advisory boards of several organizations including the American Repertory Theater, the Aspen Institute Business and Society Program, the California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology (Calit2), Eight Inc., the Morgan Stanley Institute for Sustainable Investing, and the United Nations Institute for Training and Research. She sits on the board of the Global Citizens Initiative, Inc. and is a special representative to the board of trustees of Bryn Mawr College.

Linda completed a postdoctoral research fellowship at the Harvard Business School and holds a Ph.D. in behavioral sciences at the University of Chicago. She holds B.A., summa cum laude, in psychology from Bryn Mawr College.