Anthony F. Smith, Ed.D.

Anthony F. Smith, Ed.D. is a Co-Founder and Managing Director of the Leadership Research Institute (LRI) who specializes in leadership and organizational development by partnering with senior executives in Fortune 500 companies.

He is a best-selling author, organizational consultant, executive coach, keynote speaker, and an internationally recognized professor in the field of executive leadership and organizational culture.

Anthony is known for his contrarian research and writing in the field of executive leadership. He has over 25 years of consulting with many of the world’s most admired and successful companies. As a successful entrepreneur, he also realizes that much of what has been written about leadership is research void and often times sugar coated for purposes of selling books or training programs, which unfortunately, has resulted in a lack of understanding and under appreciation of what it takes to lead.


Anthony’s areas of expertise include:

  • Executive Assessment and Development
  • Leadership Training, Design and Delivery
  • Organizational Culture Assessment and Development
  • Executive Team Assessment and Development


His services include:

  • Executive Coaching
  • Keynote Speaking
  • Executive Team Development and Coaching
  • Leadership Development: Consulting and programs
  • 360-Degree Executive Assessments: Interview-Based and Survey-Based Feedback.
  • Organizational Change and Culture Development


Anthony’s clients include large international companies, such as American Express, McKinsey & Co., Goldman Sachs, Spencer Stuart, TPG, ESPN, and The NFL. He also serves executives and boards of non-profit organizations, such as The American Red Cross, The Nature Conservancy, Women’s World Banking, and the Carnegie Institute of Science.

Anthony’s research, writings, and reviews on leadership have appeared in several publications, including the European Journal of Management, the Journal of Leadership Studies, the Harvard Business Review, Businessweek, Investors Business Daily, The Economist, and the best-selling books, The Leader of the Future and The Organization of the Future, both published by the Drucker Foundation.  He is also author of the critically acclaimed book entitled The Taboos of Leadership: The Ten Secrets No One Will Tell You About Leaders and What They Really Think, (Jossey Bass, March 2007), and ESPN: The Story and Lessons Behind the Most Fanatical Brand in Sports, (Wiley and Sons, August 2009), and the soon to be released, Leadership Luck: The Role That Randomness, Chance, Serendipity, and Probability Plays in the World of Leadership (January 2015).

Anthony has served on the teaching and research faculties of several universities, including Dartmouth’s Tuck School of Business, the University of California, USD, and the European School of Management at Oxford.  He holds a B.A. and M.A. in the Behavioral Sciences and earned his Doctorate from the School of Leadership and Educational Sciences at the University of San Diego. Following his Doctorate, he was appointed as a Post-Doctoral Fellow of Social Anthropology at the University of California, where he studied Leadership and Organizational Culture.

Anthony was the recipient of the Arthur E. Hughes Lifetime Career Achievement Award and was cited by Wired magazine as an acclaimed visionary in the field of leadership studies. Tony serves on several boards for profit and non-profit organizations including The V Foundation for Cancer Research.

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