Susan David

Emotional Agility, Leadership, Change Management, Engagement & Culture Expert
  • Award-winning Harvard Medical School psychologist and leading management thinker
  • Her bestselling book, "Emotional Agility," explores the importance of using emotional skills to navigate various aspects of life
  • Dr. David has a strong media presence through contributions to major publications and her TED Talk on Emotional Agility which has garnered over 10 million views

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Susan David, Ph.D. is one of the world’s leading management thinkers and an award-winning Harvard Medical School psychologist. She has spent the past two decades studying how the way we navigate our emotions shapes everything that matters: our actions, careers, relationships, health, and happiness. Her #1 Wall Street Journal bestselling book, Emotional Agility—based on the concept that Harvard Business Review heralded as a “Management Idea of the Year” and winner of the Thinkers50 Breakthrough Idea Award—describes the psychological skills critical to thriving in times of complexity and change. Emotional Agility has been translated into 30 languages and is winner of numerous accolades including Amazon’s Best Books of the Year Award and the Books for a Better Life Psychology Award. Dr. David’s TED Talk on emotional agility has been viewed by more than 10 million people.

Named to the Thinkers50 global list of the top management thinkers, Dr. David is a sought-after keynote speaker and advisor, with clients that include the World Economic Forum, Ernst & Young, the United Nations, Google, Microsoft, Nasdaq, and many other national and multinational organizations. She is a frequent contributor to the New York Times, Washington Post, and Wall Street Journal and a guest on national radio and television.

Dr. David trained as a clinical psychologist. She completed her Ph.D. and a post-doctorate at Yale University on emotions research. She is on the faculty at Harvard Medical School and is a Cofounder of the Institute of Coaching (a Harvard Medical School/McLean affiliate). She lives with her family outside of Boston.

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The gift and power of emotional courage

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Susan's talks focus on the essential human skills needed to navigate complexity and change. They are practical, powerful, and tailored to audience needs. Recent examples include:

Human Skills in the AI Economy.

As knowledge becomes commoditized and stress and complexity grow, the need for emotional skills is escalating. This critical gap affects every employee.

Emotional Agility for Leading through Transformation. 

Emotional Agility is the primary determinant of successful organizational transformation and is essential for leaders and team members alike.

Fostering Wellbeing and Positive Organizational Culture. 

The vital skills that empower people to create a positive culture, build effective teams, and promote well-being are present in every organization and can be harnessed to drive positive change.

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