John Kotter

John Kotter



    • The Heart of Change
    • Leadership
    • Change Management
    • The Leadership Factor
    • Developing Leadership Skills
    • Corporate Culture

What he offers

Professor Kotter’s goal is to mobilize an audience to action, spurring them to re-examine their practices and provide more leadership in their spheres of activity. The process he uses is not the norm at business meetings. His method is both intellectual and emotional. It involves audience participation as well as one-way lecturing. In 2009 and 2007 Thinkers 50, the global ranking of management gurus, placed him among the list of most influential thinkers

How he presents

In his presentations he uses humour, videotape, prepared slides, case studies and a little theatrical flourish. He presents to groups as small as ten and as large as many thousands. Audience members are quite often senior executives in their organisations but may also be middle managers, staff, or mixed groups. Regardless of the group size or make-up, audience feedback is consistently positive and enthusiastic.

Regarded by many as the authority on leadership and change, Dr. John P. Kotter is a New York Times best-selling author, award winning business and management thought leader, business entrepreneur, inspirational speaker, and Harvard Professor. The Konosuke Matsushita Professor of Leadership, Emeritus at the Harvard Business School and a graduate of MIT and Harvard, Kotter’s vast experience and knowledge on successful change and leadership have been proven time and again. His ideas and books, as well as his company, Kotter International, have helped mobilize people around the world to better lead organizations and their own lives, in an era of increasingly rapid change.

Professor Kotter became a member of the Harvard Business School faculty in 1972. By 1980, at the age of 33, Kotter was given tenure and a full professorship—the youngest person ever to have received that award at the Business School. His books have reached millions, and have been printed in over 150 foreign language editions.


  • Accelerate (2014)
  • Buy-In (2010)
  • Managing Your Boss (2008)
  • A Sense of Urgency (2008)
  • Our Iceberg is Melting (2006)
  • The Heart of Change (2002)
  • What leaders Really Do (1999)
  • Matsushita Leadership (1997)
  • Leading Change (1996)
  • The New Rules (1995)
  • Corporate Culture and Performance (1992)


  • Won the 2012 McKinsey Award for his article “Accelerate!” in the Harvard Business Review
  • Won the 2011 Bronze Axiom Business Book Award from the Independent Publisher Association for his book “Buy-In”
  • In 2011, TIME magazine listed “Leading Change” as one of the “Top 25 Most Influential Business Management Books” of all time
  • 2009 recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award by ASTD (American Society for Training & Development)
  • In 2001, Business Week magazine rated John Kotter the No.1 “leadership guru” in America
  • Exxon Award for Innovation in Graduate Business School Curriculum Design
  • In 1998, ‘Matsushita Leadership’ won the Financial Times Book Award for biography/autobiography


“Your talk was instrumental in helping me raise the leadership bar.”

“You clearly sneaked under the defenses of even the most skeptical of our people and established memorable reference points which will be cited repeatedly in the future. More importantly, you delivered reinforcement, hope and direction for their pursued leadership development aspirations.”

“This was a quite uplifting and inspirational experience for me – delivered by one of the finest teachers I have ever seen. I will not forget this one.”

Presentation Languages: English

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