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Stewart Friedman

Stewart D. Friedman
Born Washington, D.C.
Occupation Professor at Wharton School of Business - University of Pennsylvania, Author, Public Speaker, Consultant, Blogger at Harvard Business Review, Work–Life Integration Expert, Leadership Development Expert

Stewart D. Friedman is a professor at the

Friedman has published numerous books and articles on work/life integration, leadership, and the dynamics of change.Transaction Publishers after being in print for 25 years.

Friedman has consulted a wide range of organizations,

Friedman holds a B.A. in Psychology from S.U.N.Y. Binghamton and an M.A. in Psychology and Ph.D. in Organizational Psychology from the University of Michigan.

Total Leadership

In Friedman's most recent book,

This approach, Friedman writes, is superior at integrating work and the rest of life, preferable to the pursuit of “balance,” which erroneously assumes the necessity of tradeoffs. With “four-way wins,” all parties benefit. From this perspective, individuals realize that their actions as leaders serve a larger purpose, making the world better. They feel part of something bigger than their own lives, and thereby find greater meaning in what they do. The approach has been used in non-profits as well as major for-profit corporations in the United States, Canada, Europe, Central America, and South America to increase organizational and individual productivity by decreasing stress, turnover, and absenteeism by capitalizing on one's personal life interests and priorities. Total Leadership is a primary intervention in a multi-year study funded by the National Institute of Health.

Friedman presents Total Leadership as a proven method to achieving four-way wins. It is based upon following these principles using stakeholder interviews for 360 degree feedback:[13]

1. Be Real: Act with authenticity by clarifying what’s important.

2. Be Whole: Act with integrity by respecting the whole person.

3. Be Innovative: Act with creativity by continually experimenting.

Honors and awards

  • Thinkers 50 in 2011 ("the definitive global ranking of management thinkers") [1]
  • Excellence in Teaching Award: Core Curriculum in 2011 ([2]
  • Winner of the CEO READ Best Business Book Award 2008 - Personal Development [3]
  • One of Working Mother's 25 most influential men in 2007 for "having made things better for working parents" [4]
  • William Whitney Teaching Award in 2007 [5]
  • MBA Core Curriculum Teaching Award in 1996 ([6]
  • Outstanding Teaching Award in 1993 ([7]
  • Outstanding Teaching Award in 1990 ([8]


  • Leadership Succession, published by Transaction Publishers in 2011 (ISBN 1412842360).
  • Total Leadership: Be a Better Leader, Have a Richer Life, published by Harvard Business School Press in 2008 (ISBN 1-42210-328-5).
  • Work and Family—Allies or Enemies?, published by the Oxford University Press in 2000 (ISBN 0-19511-275-X).
  • Integrating Work and Life: The Wharton Resource Guide, published in 1998 (ISBN 0-78794-022-4).
  • Friedman, S. D. and Lobel, S., 2003. The Happy Workaholic: a role model for employees. Academy of Management Executive, 17 (3): 87-98.[14]
  • Friedman, S. D., Christensen, P. and DeGroot, J., 1998. Work and life: the end of the zero-sum game. Harvard Business Review, Nov-Dec, 119-129. Reprinted as lead article in Harvard Business Review on work and life balance. Boston: Harvard Business School Press, 2000. Also reprinted in Leading through adversity (HBR OnPoint Collection), 2002.[15]
  • Robertson, T., 2005. Between work and life there’s balance. Boston Globe, June 19.[16]
  • Hammonds, K. H., 2000. "Grassroots Leadership - Ford Motor Co. Fast Company, April.[17]


External links

  • Official Wharton profile
  • Twitter account, @StewFriedman
  • blog profile
  • LinkedIn profile
  • Total Leadership website
  • book on Amazon
  • book on Goodreads
  • Total Leadership Facebook page
  • Total Leadership YouTube channel
  • Leading@google: Stew Friedman speaks at Google (video)
  • Total Leadership SlideShare profile
  • Wharton Work/Life Integration Project website
  • Thinkers 50 profile ("the definitive global ranking of management thinkers")
  • profile
  • profile
  • interview with Friedman (video)
  • interview with Friedman (podcast)
  • interview with Friedman
  • Tim Ferris interview with Friedman
  • Sloan Work and Family interview with Friedman

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