William R. Torbert

Professor Emeritus of Leadership, Boston College

William received his BA and PhD from Yale and then taught at Southern Methodist University, Harvard, and Boston College, where he is now Professor Emeritus of leadership.  

An award-winning teacher, international consultant, board member, and author of a dozen books, Bill currently serves as Principal of Action Inquiry Associates.  His publications include the national Alpha Sigma Nu award winning Managing the Corporate Dream (Dow Jones-Irwin, 1987), the Terry Award Finalist book The Power of Balance: Transforming Self, Society, and Scientific Inquiry (Sage, 1991), and Action Inquiry: The Secret of Timely and Transforming Leadership (Berrett-Koehler, 2004), as well as Seven Transformations of Leadership, selected in 2012 as one of the top ten Harvard Business Review leadership articles of all time. 

In 2013, he received the Center for Creative Leadership’s Walter F. Ulmer Lifetime Award for Applied Leadership Research, and in 2014, the Chris Argyris Career Achievement Award for his work on Collaborative Developmental Action Inquiry, an inclusive paradigm for both social science and social action and in 2015, he has published, with Hilary Bradbury, Eros/Power: Love in the Spirit of Inquiry (Integral).

William R. Torbert