Where Westport Meets the World: Barbara Kellerman, Professor and Renowned Leadership Expert

Westport’s own Dan Woog brings his popular blog “06880: Where Westport Meets the World” to life, via the Verso Studios at The Westport Library – recorded LIVE in the Trefz Forum! His guest this week is Barbara Kellerman, the founding executive director of the Center for Public Leadership at the Harvard Kennedy School, the Kennedy’s School’s James MacGregor Burns Lecturer in Leadership, and a member of the Harvard faculty for more than 20 years. She is currently a fellow at the Center. Kellerman has held professorships at Fordham, Tufts, Fairleigh Dickinson, George Washington, Uppsala, and Christopher Newport universities, as well as at Dartmouth and the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth. She also served as director of graduate studies at Fairleigh Dickinson, and director of the Center for the Advanced Study of Leadership at the University of Maryland. Kellerman received her BA from Sarah Lawrence College, and her MA and PhD (in Political Science) from Yale University. She was awarded a Danforth Fellowship and three Fulbright fellowships. At Uppsala (1996-97), she held the Fulbright Chair in American Studies, and she currently serves on the board of the CT Fulbright Alumni Chapter. Kellerman was cofounder of the International Leadership Association (ILA) and is author and editor of many books, including The Political Presidency; Bad Leadership; Followership; Leadership: Essential Selections; The End of Leadership; Hard Times: Leadership in America, Professionalizing Leadership, and The Enablers. Kellerman has appeared on media outlets such as CBS, NBC, PBS, CNN, NPR, MSNBC, Reuters, and BBC, and has contributed articles and reviews to the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Boston Globe, the Los Angeles Times, and the Harvard Business Review. She has spoken to audiences all over the world including in Berlin, Moscow, Melbourne, Sao Paolo, Jerusalem, Mumbai, Toronto, Kyoto, Beijing, Buenos Aires, Sydney, and Seoul. She received the Wilbur M. McFeeley Award from the National Management Association for her pioneering work on leadership and followership, as well as the Lifetime Achievement Award from the International Leadership Association. From 2015 to 2024, she has been ranked by Global Gurus as among the “World’s Top 30 Management Professionals.” Most recently (2024), she was #9 on the list. Her next book, Leadership from Bad to Worse: What Happens When Bad Festers, has just been published by Oxford University Press. Kellerman regularly posts blogs at https://barbarakellerman.com/articles/

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