Richard Boyatzis

An organisational theorist in the fields of emotional intelligence, behaviour change, and competence.


Inducted into the Thinkers50 Coaching Legends in 2023.


Named as one of the World’s Top 2% Scientists in 2021 (ranking compiled by Stanford University).


World’s Most Influential Thinker 2012 and 2014 – HR Magazine.


Richard researches how people and organisations engage in sustainable, desired change. His Intentional Change Theory (ICT) predicts how changes occur in different group of human organisations, including team, community, country, and global change. Ongoing research supporting this theory incudes developing new and better measures of an individual’s emotional, social, and cognitive intelligence as well as studies that demonstrate the relationship between these abilities and performance, and fMRI studies to establish neuro-endocrine arousal of coaching to the positive Emotional Attractor and resonant leadership.


The Distinguished University Professor and HR Horvitz Professor of Family Business at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Richard is also a professor in human resources at ESADE in Barcelona. A multi-award-winning teacher and researcher, he is a fellow of the American Psychological Association, Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology, and the Association for Psychological Sciences. Richard has consulted to Fortune 500 companies, government agencies, and organisations across the world. His Massive Open Online Course (MOOC), Inspiring Leadership Through Emotional Intelligence, has over one million unique visitors and enrolments from over 215 countries.


Richard has authored more than 200 articles and nine books including Primal Leadership: Realizing the Power of Emotional Intelligence (with Daniel Goleman and Annie McKee, HBS Press, 2002); Resonant Leadership: Renewing Yourself and Connecting with Others Through Mindfulness, Hope, and Compassion (with Annie McKee, HBR Press, 2005); Becoming a Resonant Leader (with Annie McKee and Frances Johnston, HBR Press, 2008); and Helping People Change: Coaching with Compassion for Lifelong Learning and Growth (with Melvin Smith and Ellen Van Oosten, HBR Press, 2019).

NATIONALITY: Greek-American

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“A prolific scholar with an influential body of work on emotional intelligence and leadership development.”

Stuart Crainer & Des Dearlove, Thinkers50

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