Barry Posner

Expert Coach and Educator, and Co- Author of The Leadership Challenge

Barry Posner is an eminent scholar and researcher, a bestselling author, and an award-winning teacher and educator—name one of the Top 50 Leadership Coaches in America.

Barry Posner makes each day matter as an educator, writer, scholar, and coach. He is currently Accolti Professor of Leadership at the Leavey School of Business, Santa Clara University (located in the heart of Silicon Valley), where he served as dean of the school for twelve years (1997–2009). Barry also has been a distinguished visiting professor at Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, Sabanci University (Istanbul), and the University of Western Australia.

A highly distinguished educator, at Santa Clara he has received the President’s Distinguished Faculty Award, the School’s Extraordinary Faculty Award, and several other teaching and academic honors. Also an internationally-renowned scholar, Barry is author or coauthor of more than 100 research and practitioner-focused articles. He currently serves on the editorial review boards for Leadership and Organizational Development and The International Journal of Servant-Leadership. In 2011, he received the Outstanding Scholar Award for Career Achievement from the Journal of Management Inquiry.

Enthusiastically welcomed as a warm and engaging conference speaker and dynamic workshop facilitator, Barry has consulted with a wide variety of public and private sector organizations around the globe—from Canada, Mexico and Europe to the Far East, Australia, New Zealand, and South Africa. He also works at a strategic level with a number of community-based and professional organizations, currently sitting on the board of directors of EMQ FamiliesFirst. He has served previously on the boards of the American Institute of Architects (AIA), Big Brothers/ Big Sisters of Santa Clara County, Center for Excellence in Nonprofits, Junior Achievement of Silicon Valley and Monterey Bay, Public Allies, San Jose Repertory Theater, Sigma Phi Epsilon Fraternity, and both publicly traded and start-up companies.

Barry received his BA with honors in political science from the University of California, Santa Barbara; his MA in public administration from The Ohio State University; and his PhD in organizational behavior and administrative theory from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. You can reach Barry via email at

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