Richard R. Ellsworth

Richard Ellsworth

DBA, Harvard University
MBA, Stanford University
BA, Occidental College

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Professor of Management, Emeritus

Richard R. Ellsworth’s research and teaching span executive leadership, strategy implementation, and values. His expertise in these areas include (1) the nature of excellence in executive leadership, particularly the critical linkage of values to organizational effectiveness, (2) the effect alternative definitions of corporate purpose have on competitive performance, (3) the role of financial policies in corporate strategy, and (4) the elimination of barriers to creativity and initiative in complex organizations.

Among his publications are two books and two articles in the Harvard Business Review, one of which was a runner up for the McKinsey Prize for best article of the year.

He is currently exploring the linkage of knowledge creation to specific attributes of leadership that foster courage and enable people to develop more fully integrated selves (i.e., to experience self-transcendence – the enlargement of the self to include personal relationships at work ant the commitment to valued causes) and to enhance the meaning they derive from their work.

Ellsworth is the co-founder and co-director of the Institute for Advanced Studies in Leadership. Prior to joining the Drucker School, Ellsworth was on the faculty at the Harvard Business School. He also has extensive corporate experience, serving as corporate treasurer and as group-level general manager responsible for five operating divisions. He has consulted on strategic issues and has developed and taught in company-sponsored executive education programs for a wide range of major companies. At the Drucker School, he has been the lead in developing and delivering an executive education program on Peter Drucker’s management principles for the senior management of a leading financial services company.



Richard Ellsworth, Leading with Purpose. Stanford University Press, 2002

Richard Ellsworth, Leadership and the Quest for Integrity. Harvard Business School Press, 1989