Linda A. Hill is the Wallace Brett Donham Professor of Business Administration at the Harvard Business School and chair of the Leadership Initiative. Hill is regarded as one of the world’s top experts on leadership. Hill’s TED talk on how to manage for collective creativity has over 2 million views.

Hill’s research and consulting focuses on leadership development, leading change and innovation, and implementing global strategies. In 2014, she co-founded Paradox Strategies—an advisory and research firm that advises organizations and boards on leadership and innovation.

Hill completed a post-doctoral research fellowship at the Harvard Business School and earned a Ph.D. in Behavioral Sciences at the University of Chicago. She has a B.A., summa cum laude, in psychology from Bryn Mawr College.


Co-Authored with Greg Brandeau

Why can some organizations innovative time and again, while most cannot? The key to innovation is not attracting exceptional creative talent, making the right investments or breaking down organization silos, you need to lead it – with a special kind leadership that unleashes and harnesses the “collective genius” of the people in the organization.

Co-Authored with Kent Lineback

Reveals how to become an effective leader through compelling stories and practical advice by mastering three imperatives: 1. Manage yourself, 2. Manager your network, and 3. Manage your team.

Trace the experiences of nineteen new managers over the course of their first year in the role, as they reveal the complexity of the transition, highlighting the expectations of these managers, their subordinates, and their superiors.

Achievements & Honors

  • Named by Thinkers50 as one of the top ten management thinkers in the world in 2013
  • Received the Thinkers50 Innovation Award in 2015
  • Member of the Board of Directors of Relay Therapeutics
  • Member of the Board of Trustees of the ArtCenter College of Design
  • Serves on the advisory boards of several organizations including:
    • The American Repertory Theater
    • The Aspen Institute Business and Society Program
    • The California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology (Calit2)
    • Eight Inc.
    • The Morgan Stanley Institute for Sustainable Investing
    • The United Nations Institute for Training and Research
  • Sits on the board of the Global Citizens Initiative, Inc.
  • Is a Special Representative to the Board of Trustees of Bryn Mawr College.