Susan David

Harvard-affiliated Institute of Coaching

Susan David

Harvard-affiliated Institute of Coaching

Biography

Susan David (BA, Hons, MA, MPsych, PhD), is an internationally recognized thought leader operating at the nexus of business and psychology. Her focus is on defining and executing effective people strategies, particularly in the areas of employee engagement, high-performance leadership, and organizational culture change. Susan is a co-founder and co-director of the Harvard-affiliated Institute of Coaching and the CEO of Evidence Based Psychology, a boutique management consultancy.

Susan is a sought-after keynote speaker, and a highly experienced coach and consultant to C-suite executives. Her unique combination of pragmatic business experience and extensive scientific knowledge allows her to help leaders meet the most pressing business challenges without losing sight of their most important opportunity: their people. Susan has been a coach and strategic advisor to executives at the helm of mergers, acquisitions, leadership transitions, and people strategy revisions. She routinely consults internationally at the most senior levels of large organizations and has extensive experience in industries as diverse as financial services, information technology, healthcare, utilities, pharmaceuticals, and mining. Her client list includes Ernst and Young Global, the World Economic Forum, BHP Billiton, GlaxoSmithKline, and Nestlé, among many other multinational firms.

Susan is author of the definitive Oxford Handbook of Happiness (OUP, 2013), Beyond Goals: Effective Strategies for Coaching and Mentoring (Gower, 2013), and the top rated Harvard Business Review article “Emotional Agility: How effective leaders manage their negative thoughts and feelings”. She is a frequent contributor to the Harvard Business Review, and her work has been featured in TIME, Fast Company, the Wall Street Journal, and Inc.com among other similar caliber publications.

About the book: Emotional agility

emotional-agility-bookThe Counterintuitive Approach to Achieving Your True Potential That Was Heralded by the Harvard Business Review as a Groundbreaking Idea of The Year

The path to personal and professional success is not straight. Ask anyone who has achieved their biggest goals and whose relationships thrive, and you’ll hear stories of unexpected detours along the way. What separates those who mastered their challenges and those who were derailed? The answer is emotional agility. In more than twenty years of research, Susan David PhD, a renowned psychologist and expert on emotions, happiness, and achievement, has found that emotionally agile people experience the same stresses and setbacks as anyone else. The key difference is they know how to gain critical insight about situations and interactions from their feelings, and use this knowledge to adapt, align their values and actions, and make changes to bring the best of themselves forward. In Emotional Agility, David shows four key concepts that will help you to navigate life’s twists and turns with self-acceptance, clearsightedness, and an open mind. Drawing on deep research, decades of expert consulting, and her own experiences overcoming adversity after losing her father at a young age, David shows how anyone can thrive in an uncertain world by becoming more emotionally agile. Written with authority, wit and empathy, Emotional Agility will help you live your most successful life whoever you are and whatever you face