Dr. Shalom Saada Saar


Dr. Shalom Saada Saar believes that everyone has the capacity to lead, and he has dedicated his career to helping leaders identify and cultivate their unique leadership talents. Believing deeply that you can’t lead others until you know how to lead yourself, Dr. Saar developed the highly acclaimed program, Know Thyself, that has ignited a passion for leadership in people around the globe.

Whether working one-on-one with a leading CEO, or challenging his students in seminars at MIT, Dr. Saar brings his unique experiences and perspectives to everything he does. CEOs rely on his counsel because Shalom understands the challenges business leaders face. He also knows that leadership is the only sustainable competitive advantage — he challenges CEOs and their senior teams to think and act differently in order to create fundamental change that will create exceptional value for the firm’s clients.

Throughout his career as head of a naval academy, academic administrator, vp for executive development and consultant to governmetal agencies and corporations, Shalom has dedicated himself to provide coaching and counseling to individuals and teams around the world. At MIT, and previously at Harvard, he challenged emerging leaders to thoroughly understand who they are as leaders so that they can think and act in fundamentally different ways to solve the complex challenges they face.

Shalom has brought his unique perspective on leadership to audiences around the globe. Participants consistently remark that they are inspired by his insights and common sense approach to leading oneself and leading others.

Dr. Saar is currently teaching leadership and management at MIT and Cheung Kong Graduate School of Business in Beijing. In addition to teaching at MIT and CKGSB he has taught at: Harvard; China European International Business School; State University of New York; and Southern Methodist University.

Dr. Saar received his Bachelor’s degree in Economics and Psychology from Swarthmore College and Master and Doctoral degrees in Organizational Behavior and Administration from Harvard University.

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