Jeffrey Sonnenfeld

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Jeffrey Sonnenfeld

Senior dean for leadership studies at the Yale School of Management

Jeffrey Sonnenfeld is the senior associate dean of leadership programs and the Lester Crown Professor in the Practice of Management for the Yale School of Management, as well as founder and president of the Chief Executive Leadership Institute, a nonprofit educational and research institute focused on CEO leadership and corporate governance. He previously served as a full tenured professor at Emory’s Goizueta Business School for a decade and a professor at the Harvard Business School for a decade.

Sonnenfeld’s related research has been published in 100 scholarly articles that appeared in leading academic journals in management, such as Administrative Sciences Quarterly, the Academy of Management Journal, the Academy of Management Review, the Journal of Organizational Behavior, Social Forces, Human Relations, and Human Resource Management. He has also authored eight books, including The Hero’s Farewell, an award-winning study of CEO succession, and another best seller, Firing Back, a study on leadership resilience in the face of adversity.

Sonnenfeld earned the 2018 Ellis Island Medal of Honor from the Ellis Island Foundation. He was Harvard’s first John Whitehead Faculty Fellow and won outstanding educator awards at Yale, Emory and the American Society for Training and Development. His work is regularly cited by the general media in such outlets as BusinessWeek, Fortune, Forbes, the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, Newsweek, Time, the Economist, the Financial Times, the Washington Post, CBS (60 Minutes), NBC (Today), ABC (Nightline, Good Morning America), CNN and Fox News, as well as PBS, where he is a regular commentator for Fortune, and CNBC. BusinessWeek listed Sonnenfeld as one of the world’s 10 most influential business school professors, and Directorship magazine has listed him among the 100 most influential figures in corporate governance. He is the first academician to have rung the opening bells of both the New York Stock Exchange and the Nasdaq Stock Exchange, having done so 10 times. He is now a member of the board of the new IEX exchange as well as Lennar, Atlas Merchant Capital, the Ellis Island Honor Society, Haven refugee assistance and AdvanceCT (formerly the Connecticut Economic Resource Council).