As founding director of the Wharton Leadership Program in 1991, Stewart Friedman initiated the university’s required MBA and undergraduate leadership courses. He also started and directs the Wharton Work/Life Integration Project; its mission is to develop leaders and enable change through action learning and applied research. Stewart Friedman also became the Management Department’s first Practice Professor in recognition of his work on the application of theory and research to the real challenges facing organizations.
Stewart Friedman has published numerous books and articles on work/life integration, leadership, and the dynamics of change, including the widely-cited Harvard Business Review articles,Work and Life: The End of the Zero-Sum Game and Be a Better Leader, Have a Richer Life, and The Happy Workaholic: A Role Model for Employees. His book, Work and Family – Allies or Enemies? was recognized by the Wall Street Journal as one of the field’s best. With Integrating Work and Life: The Wharton Resource Guide, Stew edited the first collection of learning tools for building leadership skills for integrating work and life. His most recent book is the award-winning bestseller, Total Leadership: Be a Better Leader, Have a Richer Life. The program it describes is used by companies and individuals worldwide and has been utilized as the central intervention in a multi-year study, funded by the National Institutes of Health, on improving the careers and lives of women in academic medicine.
In 2001 Stewart Friedman concluded a two-year assignment as a senior executive at Ford Motor Company, where he was director of the Leadership Development Center (LDC), running a 50-person, $25 Million operation. In partnership with the CEO, he launched a corporate-wide portfolio of initiatives designed to transform Ford’s culture, in which over 2500 managers per year participated. He brought his concept of “total leadership” to Ford Motor, which created measurable change in both increased business results and enriched lives. While Stew was at Ford, the LDC received major media attention (including profilesin Fast Company, Training and Development, and CIO). Near the end of his tenure at Ford, an independent research organization (ICEDR) identified the LDC as having achieved “global benchmark” status for leadership development programs.
Stewart Friedman has consulted with a wide range of organizations and executives, including Jack Welch and Vice President Al Gore; he serves on numerous advisory boards and conducts workshops globally on leadership and the whole person, creating change, and strategic human resource issues.
He was awarded with Thinkers 50 2011 and 2013; HR Magazine’s Most Influential Thinkers 2014; Work Life Legacy Award 2013; as well as several book awards.
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Stewart Friedman worked for five years in health care before earning his PhD (1984) from the University of Michigan.
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The recipient of numerous teaching awards, Stew appears regularly in business media (The New York Times cited the “rock star adoration” he inspires in his students), and was chosen by Working Mother as one of “America’s 25 Most Influential Men” in having made things better for working parents.
Stewart Friedman was named to the prestigious Thinkers50 list of top global businessthought-leaders in 2011.