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Barbara L. Kellerman

Visiting Professor of Leadership



DegreePhD, Yale University, 1975; MPhil, Yale University, 1972; MA, Yale University, 1971; BA, Sarah Lawrence College, 1969

AREAS OF EXPERTISELeadership (public and private sectors), followership (public and private sectors), the American presidency

Current Research Topics

The end of leadership--and the emergence of convergence

Selected Publications

  • The End of Leadership, HarperCollins, 2012
  • Leadership: Essential Selections on Power, Authority, and Influence, McGraw-Hill, 2010
  • Followership: How Followers are Creating Change and Changing Leaders, Harvard Business School Press, 2008
  • “What Every Leader Needs to Know—about Followers,” Harvard Business Review, December 2007
  • With D. Rhode, Women and Leadership: State of Play and Strategies for Change, Jossey-Bass, 2007
  • “When Should a Leader Apologize and When Not?” Harvard Business Review, April 2006
  • Bad Leadership: What It Is, Why It Happens, How it Matters, Harvard Business School Press, 2004
  • Reinventing Leadership: Making the Connection Between Politics and Business, State University of New York Press, 1999
  • Edited with J. Rubin, Leadership and Negotiation in the Middle East, Praeger, 1988
  • Political Leadership: A Source Book, University of Pittsburgh Press, 1986
  • The Political Presidency: Practice of Leadership, Oxford University Press, 1984


  • Wilbur M. Feeley Award, National Management Association, 2011
  • Among “Top 50 Business Thinkers,” Forbes.com, 2009
  • Listed among top 15 of “100 Best Minds on Leadership,” Leadership Excellence, 2008–09
  • Honorary Degree, Ripon College, 2005
  • Fulbright Fellowship, Chair in American Studies, Uppsala University, 1996–97
  • Scholar-in-Residence, Rockefeller Foundation Study Center, Bellagio, 1983
  • Fulbright Fellowship, Extension Grant, Norway and Sweden, 1973
  • Fulbright Fellowship, University of Bonn, 1972–73
  • Danforth Graduate Fellowship, 1969–75

Professional Activities

Academic positions

  • Visiting Professor, Tuck School of Business, 2010–present
  • Senior Visiting Scholar, Robert F. Wagner School of Public Service, New York University, 2012–13
  • Research Director, Harvard Kennedy School, 2003–06
  • James MacGregor Burns Lecturer in Leadership, Harvard Kennedy School, 2000–present
  • Executive Director, Center for Public Leadership, Harvard Kennedy School, 2000–03
  • Director, Center for the Advanced Study of Leadership, Academy of Leadership, University of Maryland, 1998–2000
  • Director, Center for the Advanced Study of Leadership, Academy of Leadership, University of Maryland, 1998–2000
  • Dean of Graduate Studies and Research, Fairleigh Dickinson University, 1997–2000
  • Fulbright Chair in American Studies, Uppsala University, 1996–97
  • Visiting Professor of Political Science, George Washington University, 1990–91

Nonacademic positions

  • Co-founder, International Leadership Association, 1998

Editorial boards

  • Presidential Studies Quarterly, Encyclopedia of Leadership, Leadership Quarterly
  • Blogger, Harvard Business Review and Washington Post sites, 2008–10

Research & Teaching Summary

Barbara Kellerman is the author or editor of several books on leadership and has served as research director and executive director of the Kennedy School of Government’s Center for Public Leadership, where she continues as lecturer. Professor Kellerman has taught Tuck’s elective Women and Leadership.

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