A leading authority on management and leadership development, Dr. Noel Tichy is a professor of organizational behavior and human resource management at the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan. He is also the director of the Global Business Partnership and heads up the Global Leadership in Healthcare Program working with CEOs and their senior teams from major medical centers in the U.S., along with teams in Europe and India.

The former head of General Electric Co.’s famed leadership development center, Crotonville, Noel led the transformation to action learning at GE and has worked with CEOs around the world to develop leadership development capacity. He was also manager of Management Education for GE, where he directed its worldwide development efforts.

Noel consults widely in both the private and public sectors. He is a senior partner in Action Learning Associates. His clients have included: Best Buy, GE, PepsiCo, Coca Cola, GM, Nokia, Nomura Securities, 3M, Daimler-Benz, and Royal Dutch Shell.

Currently, Noel conducts the Cycle of Leadership executive program at the University of Michigan. Most recently, he led the launch of the Global Corporate Citizenship Initiative in partnership with GE, Procter & Gamble, and 3M, designed to create a national model for partnership opportunities between business and society emphasizing free enterprise and democratic principles.

Noel has long been regarded as a staple of management literacy as noted by his rating as one of the “Top 10 Management Gurus” by BusinessWeek and Business 2.0. He is also the author of numerous books and articles, including Cycle of Leadership and The Leadership Engine. His most recent book, coauthored with Warren Bennis, is Judgment: How Winning Leaders Make Great Calls.

Noel has served on the editorial boards of the Academy of Management Review, Organizational Dynamics, Journal of Business Research, and Journal of Business Strategy and was the founding editor and chief of Human Resource Management, co-authored with Warren Bennis.

Prior to joining the Michigan faculty, he served for nine years on the Columbia University Business School faculty.