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About Gautam Mukunda

My work connects ideas from political science, management, economics, and many other fields.

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My Story

I often quip that my life’s goal is to have the world’s most confusing resume, and I’m most of the way there. My work connects ideas from political science, management, economics, and many other fields.

Everything I do — from my research and writing to my podcast — is meant to give you:

  1. The insights to see the right thing to do. 
  2. The skills to act on those insights successfully. 
  3. The courage to act when the going gets tough.

I’ve been a professor at Harvard Business School and the Yale School of Management, written two books on leadership and presidents, and published widely on innovation, security issues, and synthetic biology. My work has been profiled in The New York Times, The Economist, the New Yorker, and the Atlantic Monthly.

Probably the most rewarding part of my career, though, is advising organizations of all kinds, from startups and investment firms to Fortune 500 companies, to sports teams on all types of leadership and strategy problems.

On a personal level, I serve on nonprofit boards that provide college scholarships and mentorship, as well as boards in the arts and culture world. I also became a Jeopardy! champion a few years back.

But my true passion has always been studying how leaders and innovators change our world.

I welcome you to connect further and discuss that world and how we might make it better. I’m always excited to take on new challenges and work with dedicated colleagues along the way.

Reach out on my contact page if you’d ever like to talk!

Want to read more about how I’m helping craft indispensable leaders? Check out my newsletter!

Each issue of the Indispensable Newsletter features a deep dive on a current social or political leadership topic and how it impacts the world.

It’s also a great place to keep up with what I’m up to and interested in!

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Gautam Mukunda

Bridging history, theory, and practice to advance insights on leadership, innovation, and strategy that equip you to excel in complex environments.


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