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Linda A. Hill

Top expert on leadership and innovation, focused on global strategies, and how to harness creativity and engagement for strategic implementation.

01. ranked thinker

Ranked #10 in 2021.

Previous positions:
#22 (2019), #15 (2017), #16 (2015), #8 (2013), and #16 (2011).


Thinkers50 2015 Innovation Award for her work on leading innovation, in Collective Genius.


Thinkers50 2013 Leadership Award.

Thinkers50 2011 Leadership Award.


Hill’s focus is on leading change and innovation, developing innovation ecosystems, the role of boards in governing innovation, talent development and implementing global strategies. She studies collective genius – the way great leaders empower creativity – and examines the challenges of being in charge. To become a better boss, Hill advocates mastering three disciplines – managing yourself, managing networks, and managing teams.




Hill is the Wallace Brett Donham Professor of Business Administration at Harvard Business School, and chair of the Leadership Initiative. She is the co-founder of Paradox Strategies, a leadership research and advisory firm, and co-creator of the Innovation Quotient, a tool for leading innovation in a transforming world. Hill completed her post-doctoral research fellowship at Harvard Business School, and earned a PhD in behavioural sciences at the University of Chicago, where she also received her MA in educational psychology.


The Most Overlooked Leadership Skill? Having a Moral Compass (Harvard Business Review, January 2017 issue); The Board’s New Innovation Imperative (Harvard Business Review, November-December 2017 issue); Collective Genius: The Art and Practice of Leading Innovation (with Greg Brandeau, Emily Truelove and Kent Lineback, HBR Press, 2014); Being the Boss: The 3 Imperatives for Becoming a Great Leader (with Kent L Lineback, HBR Press, 2011);   Becoming a Manager (HBR Press, 2003, 2nd Ed).


Linda A Hill



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“Global expert on collaborative creativity in teams.

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