Dr. Shalom Saar

Dr. Shalom Saar

Professor of Management

Shanghai Advanced Institute of Finance

Introduction of Dr. Shalom Saar

Dr. Shalom Saada Saar believes that everyone has the capacity to lead, and he has dedicated his career to helping leaders identify and cultivate their unique leadership talents. Believing deeply that you can't lead others until you know how to lead yourself, Dr. Saar developed the highly acclaimed program, Know Thyself, that has ignited a passion for leadership in people around the globe.


Whether working one-on-one with a lead CEO, or challenging his students in seminars at MIT, Shalom brings his unique experiences and perspectives to everything he does. CEOs rely on his counsel because Shalom understands the challenges business leaders face. He also knows that leadership is the only sustainable competitive advantage -- he challenges CEOs and their senior teams to think and act differently in order to create fundamental change that will create exceptional value for the firm’s clients.


Throughout his career as head of a naval academy, academic administrator, VP for executive development and consultant to governmental agencies and corporations, Shalom has dedicated himself to provide coaching and counseling to individuals and teams around the world. At MIT, and previously at Harvard, he challenges emerging leaders to in fundamentally different ways solve the complex challenges they face. His courses focus on Change Management, Leadership Development and Executive Coaching.


Shalom has brought his unique perspective on leadership to audiences around the globe. Participants consistently remark that they are inspired by his insights and common sense approach to leading oneself and leading others. He has captured the essence of his teaching in his recently published book by Wiley, Leading with Conviction: Mastering the Nine Critical Pillars of Integrated Leadership.


Shalom taught at Harvard University, MIT, University of Vienna, Loyola University and China Europe International Business School (CEIBS) in Shanghai.


Dr. Saar received his bachelor in economics and psychology from Swarthmore College and master and doctoral degrees in organizational behavior and administration from Harvard University.


Leadership as a Competitive Advantage


In an ever changing world, the importance of leadership remains a critical success factor. The purpose of this speech is to explore the role of leadership and culture in driving performance and mobilizing people. We will use some real life examples from my own research in china and the west. It will offer a practical framework on how organizations can develop leaders from the ranks.