Michael Useem, PhD

Professor of Management

Faculty Director of the Leadership Center and McNulty Leadership Program

The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania


Michael Useem, PhD, is a professor of management and director of the Center for Leadership and Change Management and faculty director of the McNulty Leadership Program at the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania. His university teaching includes MBA and executive-MBA courses on management and leadership; programs on leadership and governance for managers in the United States, Asia, Europe, and Latin America. He works on leadership development with many companies and organizations in the private, public, and non-profit sectors.

Prof. Useem is the author of The Leader’s Checklist, 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; and co-author of Fortune Makers: The Leaders Creating China’s Great Global Companies, Go Long: Why Long-Term Thinking Is Your Best Short-Term Strategy (2018), and Mastering Catastrophic Risk: How Companies Are Coping with Disruption (2018). His newest book, The Edge: How ten CEOs learned to lead — and the lessons for us all (2021), was published by Wharton School Press. Prof. Useem also co-anchors a weekly program “Leadership in Action” on SiriusXM Radio Channel 132, Business Radio Powered by Wharton.