Nick Craig

My Purpose: "To wake you up and have you finally be home”

Nick Craig is the Founder and President of the Authentic Leadership Institute, a leadership consulting firm committed to creating leaders and organizations with a deeper purpose and the courage to transform their business impact.

Nick’s insights and approach comes from over 25 years working with top teams, senior leadership programs, executive coaching and architecting results-focused change initiatives. Nick is the co-author of “From Purpose to Impact” with Scott Snook in the May 2014 Harvard Business Review. He co-authored “Finding Your True North” with Bill George of Harvard Business School. His work in the area of leadership purpose has been used in corporate and academic settings, including GE, Unilever, and Wharton’s Advanced Management Program. Nick’s work as a Wharton Fellow is documented at Wharton@Work. His article “Confidence is an Inside Job” is one of the most requested articles in the last five years.

Beyond his involvement with Bill George, Nick has worked with Michael Beer, Director Emeritus of Harvard Business School’s Organizational Change practice, helping top teams have honest dialogues that drive strategic implementation. He has also worked with MIT’s Sloan School to develop their Leadership Center and executive coaching program based on the Distributed Leadership Model.

Nick’s work is documented in the chapter, “Beyond the Fads: How Leaders Drive Change with Results,” by Ron Ashkenas from the book Managing Strategic & Cultural Change in Organizations and in the book The GE Work-Out. His client work with Russell Eisenstat and Michael Beer is documented in the February 2004 Harvard Business Review article, “How to Have an Honest Conversation about Your Business Strategy.”

For additional insights into the work of Nick and the Authentic Leadership Institute, please refer to the HBS Case “Unilever’s Paul Polman: Developing Global Leaders,” May 2013.

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