David is the Director of Harthill Consulting, which he co-founded in 1985. Since that time he has been working to develop ever more wise and capable leadership within organisations. He is highly regarded for his work, with others, in developing and applying the Leadership Development Framework to leadership and organisational transformations. Inquiry lies at the heart of his work – he believes that as contexts and people change, what is useful can only be understood and improved through explorations that move fluidly between the personal, the relational and the systemic. Leadership may come from within, but its impact should be systemic.
Before founding Harthill, he worked at Bristol Business School. With Harthill, he has worked on depth change with international organisations such as Shell, Hewlett Packard, Volvo, Fujitsu, Eli Lilly, Microsoft, Danone and BT.
David has published several books and along with Bill Torbert wrote the award winning Seven Transformations of Leadership article for Harvard Business Review. This article is included in HBR’s ‘10 Must Reads‘ on leadership. David holds a degree in Politics and History (Kent University) and an M.A. in Management Learning (Lancaster University).