Michael Shiner, Ed.D.

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Assistant Professor College of Leadership and Ethics
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Shiner’s scholarship focuses on ways in which leaders undermine themselves and what they can do to stop doing so. This includes teaching and research in the areas of fast and slow cognition, collective cognition, productive dialogue, and mental complexity. A substantial part, if not all, of Shiner's work is done in collaboration with others and he values these collaborations deeply. He worked for many years at Harvard with his mentors David Perkins, Howard Gardner and Robert Kegan who taught him that our best thinking often occurs in conversation.

Areas of Expertise

  • Leadership

Professional Highlights


Researcher, Cognition and Leadership, Brown University, Cognitive, Linguistic & Psychological Sciences (CLPS)


Director, Community of Mind

Leadership Effectiveness Consultant

Leadership Researcher and Instructor, Harvard Graduate School of Education


Ed.D., Harvard Graduate School of Education

M.Ed., Harvard Graduate School of Education

M.B.A., Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto

B.A., Faculty of Music, University of Toronto, Performance, Percussion

Research Contributions

7 Leadership Blind Spots: Adult Development, Emotional Intelligence, and Leadership Effectiveness Among Biotech R&D Leaders
Harvard University
Shiner, M.

Two lenses on leadership effectiveness : an exploration of the mutually-informing potential of Kegan’s adult development and Mayer and Salovey’s ability model of emotional intelligence
Harvard University, Graduate School of Education
Shiner, M.

News, Media, & Events


Women, Peace, and Security Conference Series: 6th Conference

May. 31, 2018
8:00 a.m.
Brown University, 54 College Street, Providence, RI 02912

The Newport Report: Big Waves From the Naval War College

May. 23, 2018
Article Publication

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