Center for Leading Organizations

Kate SweetmanKate Sweetman is co-author of The Leadership Code: 5 Rules to Lead By (Harvard Business Press, January, 2009) and is an experienced leadership consultant, educator, author, editor, and speaker. Her coaching and consulting work has ranged from helping to shape more effective senior leaders and management teams in global corporations to supporting entrepreneurs in developing countries launch and grow their businesses. Her goal is always to help connect the individual’s personal source of leadership to the complex business and human challenges of delivering profitable, sustainable growth.

Consulting. In almost 20 years of developing strategic leadership programs, Kate has worked on a full range of leadership levels from the organizational to the team to the individual. She has designed large-scale change initiatives at global corporations, creating a common positive leadership culture focused on results; she has helped individuals uncover their own personal strengths and untapped potential. She has worked across the Americas, Europe, Middle East, and Asia, with a broad range of clients, including Goldman Sachs, Abu Dhabi Investment Authority, Novartis, Verizon, Nokia, Qatar Petroleum, Saudi Aramco, Singapore’s Ministry of Manpower, Omnicom, and DHL.

Publishing and academics. While an editor at Harvard Business Review, Kate acquired and edited articles by top business executives, academics, and consultants around the globe on the topics of business creativity, organizational change and development, leadership psychology, teamwork, and social enterprise. Currently an instructor at MIT’s Legatum Center for Development and Entrepreneurship, she collaborates with gifted young entrepreneurs from emerging and developing countries including India, Rwanda, Colombia, Vietnam, Venezuela, Zimbabwe, and North Africa. She is also an expert blogger on leadership for Fast Company, the widely-read US-based technology and innovation magazine. She has authored many articles on the topics of leadership, gender equity in leadership, and HR. Kate also serves as a member of the Association of Yale Alumni Board of Governors, and as a member of the Alumnae Advisory Board for the Women’s Leadership Initiative at Yale.

Education. Kate earned a BA in English from Yale University and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

Speaking. Kate has spoken on the topics of leadership, gender equity in leadership, and human resources in a number of locations in the US, Europe, Middle East, Asia, Latin America, and the Caribbean.

Video. Kate can be viewed on the London Times’ Thinkers50 website.


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