Michael Useem, PhD

Faculty Director of the Leadership Center and McNulty Leadership Program, the Wharton School


Michael Useem, PhD, is faculty director of the Center for Leadership and Change Management and McNulty Leadership Program at the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania. He works on leadership and governance with companies and organizations in the private, public- and non-profit sectors. He is the author of The Leadership Moment, Executive Defense, Investor Capitalism, Leading Up, and The Go Point. He is also co-author and co-editor of Learning from Catastrophes; co-author of The India Way, Leadership Dispatches, Boards That Lead, and The Strategic Leader’s Roadmap; co-author of Fortune Makers: The Leaders Creating China’s Great Global Companies and Mastering Catastrophic Risk: How Companies Are Coping with Disruption; and most recently the author of The Leader's Checklist (2021) andThe Edge: How Ten CEOs Learned to Lead — and the Lessons for Us All (2021). Mike co-anchors a weekly program “Leadership in Action" on SiriusXM Radio Channel 132, Business Radio Powered by the Wharton School.