Susan David, PhD 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. It is the winner of numerous accolades, including Amazon’s Best Books of the Year Award and the Books for a Better Life Psychology Award.
Over 10 million people have viewed
Dr Susan David’s TED Talk on Emotional Agility.
What is Emotional Agility?
Rapid technological change, globalisation, and the COVID-19 pandemic have fundamentally disrupted how we live and work. We increasingly find ourselves caught between organisational demands and environmental realities. Successful organisations require flexibility, teaming, customer-centricity, innovation, and inclusion. Yet, simultaneously, increasing complexity conspires against positive change, leading to rigidity, lower wellbeing, and transactional relationships. The demand for people and organisations to be agile has never been greater.
Dr Susan David developed emotional agility as the practical, science-based psychological framework that enables individuals and organisations to thrive. At its core, emotional agility is about the capacity to see ourselves and others in a wholehearted and healthy way. It’s a set of essential psychological skills for our fast-changing, complex world: skills that allow us to remain engaged, open, and values-connected and to reincorporate our most challenging feelings as sources of energy, creativity, and insight.
Emotional agility capacities are at the heart of mental health, wellbeing, culture, collaboration, innovation – everything that matters to healthy people, organisations, and communities. Now more than ever, they are crucial.
Susan David PhD Keynote Speaker
Featured in the Thinkers50 global list of the top management thinkers, Dr Suan David is a sought-after keynote speaker and advisor. Her clients include The World Economic Forum, Ernst & Young, The United Nations, Google, Microsoft, Nasdaq, and many other national and multinational organisations.
An award-winning Harvard Medical School psychologist, Susan offers unique expertise in cultivating more agile, healthy, resilient, and authentically happy people, families, workplaces, and communities.
Susan focuses 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.
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 Susan David trained as a clinical psychologist. She completed her PhD and a post-doctorate at Yale University in emotions research.
She is on the faculty at Harvard Medical School and is a Co-founder of the Institute of Coaching (a Harvard Medical School/McLean affiliate).
Dr David lives with her family outside of Boston, USA.