Stewart D. Friedman
Since 1984 Stew Friedman has been at Wharton, where he is the Practice Professor of Management. In 1991 he founded both the Wharton Leadership Program – initiating the required MBA and Undergraduate leadership courses – and the Wharton Work/Life Integration Project.
Stew served for five years in the mental health field before earning his PhD in organizational psychology from the University of Michigan. In 2001, he concluded a two-year assignment (while on leave from Wharton) at Ford, as the senior executive for leadership development. In partnership with the CEO, he launched a portfolio of initiatives to transform Ford’s culture; 2500+ managers per year participated. Following these efforts, a research group (ICEDR) hailed Ford as a “global benchmark” in leadership development.
Stew’s most recent book is Baby Bust: New Choices for Men and Women in Work and Family (Wharton Digital Press, 2013). He is author of the award-winning bestseller, Total Leadership: Be a Better Leader, Have a Richer Life (Harvard Business, 2008). It describes his challenging Wharton course (originally produced at Ford), in which participants do real-world exercises to increase their leadership performance in all parts of their lives by better integrating them, while working in peer-to-peer coaching relationships and using an innovative social learning site. The Total Leadership program – which marries the work/life and leadership development fields – is now used by individuals and organizations worldwide, including the 57K+ students in Stew’s recent Coursera course. The Total Leadership Web site was chosen as one of Forbes’ best for women. Forthcoming in October 2014 is his next book, Leading the Life You Want: Skills for Integrating Work and Life (Harvard Business).