Linda E. Ginzel has been on the Chicago Booth faculty since 1992. She specializes in negotiation skills, managerial psychology, leadership and executive development. The new edition of her best-selling book, Choosing Leadership, includes Leadership Modules that demonstrate how to use the book to teach and learn with a group while developing what she terms Leadership Capital: the courage, wisdom and capacity to decide when to manage and when to lead.
Ginzel has taught at the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University and the Graduate School of Business at Stanford University. She is a charter member of the Association for Psychological Science, as well as a member of the Academy of Management. She has won numerous teaching awards across all the programs at Booth. Ginzel received the 2011 Faculty Excellence Award, and the Inaugural Global Hillel J. Einhorn Excellence in Teaching Award in 2013. She was named an Impact Professor by the class of 2014, and received the Hillel J. Einhorn Excellence in Teaching Award in 2019 and 2021. By popular vote, Ginzel received the Phoenix Award from the class of 2020. In 2022, she was recognized as the faculty member who best demonstrates excellence in teaching at Booth with the Emory Williams Teaching Award for Excellence in Teaching.
Ginzel received her bachelor's degree with distinction and Summa Cum Laude in psychology from the University of Colorado in 1984. She studied experimental social psychology at Princeton University where she earned a Master's degree in 1986 and a PhD in 1989. During her PhD studies, she worked as senior consultant in training and development for Mutual of New York's Group Pensions and Operations Center.
In 2000 President Clinton awarded her a President's Service Award, the nation's highest honor for volunteer service directed at solving critical social problems. Ginzel is the co-founder of Kids In Danger, a nonprofit organization dedicated to protecting children by improving children's product safety. She also served as director of the Consumer's Union, the nonprofit publisher of Consumer Reports.