Linda Ginzel

Clinical Professor of Managerial Psychology
Chicago Booth

Linda Ginzel

Linda Ginzel has been on the Chicago Booth faculty since 1992. She specializes in negotiation skills, managerial psychology, and executive development, although recently her interests have been focused on what she terms Leadership Capital: the courage, wisdom and capacity to decide when to manage and when to lead. Her recently released book, Choosing Leadership, speaks to this topic.

In 2000, President Bill Clinton awarded Ginzel a President's Service Award, the nation's highest honor for volunteer service directed at solving critical social problems. She is also the two-time recipient of the James S. Kemper Jr. Grant in Business Ethics.

In addition to her responsibilities at Booth, Ginzel is the cofounder of KID, 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, and is a charter member of the Association for Psychological Science and a member of the Academy of Management.

Ginzel received a BA with distinction and summa cum laude in psychology from the University of Colorado in 1984, and she studied experimental social psychology at Princeton University, where she earned an MA in 1986 and a PhD in 1989. While working on her PhD, she also worked as senior consultant in training and development for Mutual of New York's Group Pensions and Operations Center.

Ginzel previously taught at the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University and the Graduate School of Business at Stanford University. She received the 2011 Faculty Excellence Award, the Inaugural Global Hillel Einhorn Teaching Award in 2013, and was named an Impact Professor by the class of 2014.

Linda Ginzel will facilitate the “Booth in the Boardroom: When Do You Choose to Lead?” session.