Interview with Dr. David Dotlich

Head, Heart & Guts of Leadership

We spoke with Dr. David Dotlich about Adaptive Leadership and his work on the importance of bringing head, heart and gut to leadership in complex and changing business environments. David Dotlich is the Chairman of Pivot and has been named one of the Top 50 Coaches in the United States. He is a former Executive Vice President of Honeywell International, founder and former President of Oliver Wyman — Delta Executive Learning Center, and former President of Mercer Delta Consulting. He consults to executive committees, CEOs, and senior leaders in the areas of leadership, business strategy, and executive coaching. His clients have included Johnson & Johnson, Nike, PG&E, Kraft, Bank of America, Fidelity, Sara Lee, Target, Sun, Shell, Novartis, Medtronic, and Toshiba. David is the co-author of nine best-selling books, including ‘Head, Heart, and Guts: How the World’s Best Companies Develop Complete Leaders’; ‘Why CEOs Fail’, ‘Action Coaching’, ‘Unnatural Leadership’, ‘Action Learning: How the World’s Top Companies Are Re-Creating Their Leaders and Themselves’ and ‘Leadership Passages: The Personal and Professional Transitions That Make or Break a Leader’. His newest book, published in April of 2009, ‘Leading in Times of Crisis: How to Navigate Complexity, Diversity, and Uncertainty to Save Your Company’ has been translated into six languages. He is the co-editor of the Pfeiffer Leadership Development Annual, which each year compiles the research and practice of leading thinkers and practitioners in the field of leadership development throughout the world. He is a certified psychologist in career development, life planning, and numerous psychological inventories. Dr. Dotlich was a professor at the University of Minnesota, teaching in the Business School and the Speech Communication Department. His teaching and research focused on the impact of organizational culture in producing effective leaders, with special emphasis on women and minorities. He was also the Executive Director of the Michigan Business School Human Resource Partnership. David completed both his MA and PhD at the University of Minnesota, where he was selected Outstanding Graduate Student of the University.

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