Tim O'Brien

Founding Partner | Leadership Development Coach

Tim teaches courses in adaptive leadership and adult development at the Harvard Kennedy School. He completed his doctoral studies in human development and leadership education at Harvard’s Graduate School of Education. Tim was also a leadership consultant for INSEAD’s Management Acceleration Program before joining Harvard full-time.

Tim’s research explores adult development, leadership theory, and experiential learning. His teaching, training and consultancy practice is built on the fundamentals of his research that all people and organizations can learn and develop with the right balance of support and challenge.

Tim directed sail training programs on traditionally rigged schooners for four years in the Atlantic and Caribbean and has a 100-ton captain’s license.