Merete Wedell-Wedellsborg

Business psychologist and leadership coach.


Thinkers50 Radar Class of 2023.


Conducted crisis therapy for soldiers returning from missions in the Balkans, Iraq, and Afghanistan.


Prepared embedded war correspondents from Danish television stations TV2 and DR. 


Wedell-Wedellsborg’s professional and research interests include sustainable high performance, crisis management, ethical leadership, and creating strong bonds and shared identity in top teams. In a search for a method for achieving and sustaining high performance, she travelled to West Point Military Academy, NATO Defense College, Stanford University, and Silicon Valley, interviewing leaders, entrepreneurs, and investors. The results of her research were published in her book, Battle Mind. How to Navigate in Chaos and Perform under Pressure.


Adjunct professor of leadership at IMD, Wedell-Wedellsborg is an authorized clinical psychologist who specializes in organizational psychology. She is the founder of Wedell-Wedellsborg Consulting, which serves clients primarily in the finance and pharmaceutical sectors, and the Danish military. Earlier in her career, she worked in Defence Command Denmark, Right Management and Danske Bank, in the domains of leadership development and organizational psychology. 


Battle Mind. How to Navigate in Chaos and Perform under Pressure (L&R Business, 2015); ‘Leading into the Post-Covid Recovery’ (Harvard Business Review, 11 August 2020); ‘If You Feel Like You’re Regressing, You’re Not Alone’ (Harvard Business Review, 22 May 2020); ‘The Psychology Behind Unethical Behavior’ (Harvard Business Review, 12 April 2019); ‘Help Your Team Do More Without Burning Out’ (Harvard Business Review, 15 October 2018); ‘How Women at the Top Can Renew Their Mental Energy’ (Harvard Business Review, 16 April 2018).


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