Anthony Mayo

Thomas S. Murphy Senior Lecturer of Business Administration

Tony Mayo is the Thomas S. Murphy Senior Lecturer of Business Administration in the Organizational Behavior Unit of Harvard Business School (HBS) and the Director of the HBS Leadership Initiative.  He currently teaches FIELD, Field Immersion Experiences for Leadership Development, a new required experiential, field-based course in the first year of the MBA Program.  Previously, he co-created and taught the course, “Great Business Leaders:  The Importance of Contextual Intelligence.”  In addition, Tony teaches extensively in leadership-based executive education programs.  He recently co-authored the textbook Management, which features a new approach for teaching the core principles of management course to undergraduate students based on the integration and dynamic interaction of strategic management, organizational design, and individual leadership.  His previous co-authored works include In Their Time:  The Greatest Business Leaders of the 20th Century, which has been translated into 5 languages, Paths to Power: How Insiders and Outsiders Shaped American Business Leadership, and Entrepreneurs, Managers and Leaders:  What the Airline Industry Can Teach Us About Leadership.  These books were derived from the development of the Great American Business Leaders database that Dean Nitin Nohria and Tony created (see

As Director of the Leadership Initiative, Tony oversees several comprehensive research projects on emerging, global, and legacy leadership and manages a number of executive education programs on leadership development.  He was a co-creator of the High Potentials Leadership DevelopmentLeadership for Senior ExecutivesLeading with Impact, Maximizing Your Leadership Potential, and Leadership Best Practices programs and has been a principal contributor to a number of custom leadership development initiatives.  He launched the executive coaching component for the Program for Leadership Development and currently provides strategic support for a variety of executive coaching programs.

Prior to his current role, Tony  pursued a career in database marketing where he held senior general management positions at advertising agency - Hill Holliday, database management firm - Epsilon, and full-service direct marketing company - DIMAC Marketing Corporation.  Most recently, Tony served as the General Manager of Hill Holliday's Customer Relationship Management Practice. 

At Epsilon, he served as Acting Chief Executive Officer where he had full responsibility for the delivery and management of strategic and database marketing services for Fortune 1000 companies and national not-for-profit organizations.  He also held senior management positions in Epsilon's sales and account management departments.  At DIMAC Marketing Corporation, Tony served as Vice President of Strategic Development and Acting Chief Financial Officer.  In this capacity, Tony led the development of an integrated strategic plan for DIMAC's disparate business units and coordinated the ultimate sale of the company.  Prior to his work in the database marketing industry, Tony served as the Director of MBA Program Administration at Harvard Business School. 

Tony completed his MBA from Harvard Business School and received his Bachelor's Degree, summa cum laude, from Boston College.

  1. Management

    Today's managers are confronted with more dynamic challenges and opportunities than every before—through the need to harness technological advances, lead a dispersed and diverse workforce, anticipate and react to constant competitive and geopolitical change on a global scale, and operate in a socially responsible and accountable manner. In response to the changing business landscape, this textbook proposes a shift from traditional Principles of Management textbooks in that it takes a more holistic and integrated approach. It demonstrates the interconnectivity between strategic positioning, organizational design, and individual leadership. Take a closer look, you could be part of advocating a paradigm shift for tomorrow's managers.
  2. In Their Time

    Great business leaders possess more than celebrated traits like charisma and an appetite for risk. They have "contextual intelligence"—a profound ability to understand the Zeitgeist of their times and harness it to create successful organizations. Based on a comprehensive Harvard Business School Leadership Initiative study, Anthony J. Mayo and Nitin Nohria present a fascinating collection of stories of the 20th century's greatest leaders, from unsung heroes to legends like Sam Walton and Bill Gates. The book identifies three distinct paths these individuals followed to greatness: entrepreneurial innovation, savvy management, and transformational leadership. Through engaging stories of leaders in each category, the authors show how, by "reading" the context they operated in and embracing the opportunities their times presented, these individuals created, grew, or revitalized outstanding American enterprises. A canon of leadership success from the last century, In Their Time reveals insights for contemporary leaders hoping to build lasting legacies.
  3. Entrepreneurs, Managers, and Leaders

    Entrepreneurs, Managers and Leaders examines the role that business leaders play in shaping industries and how evolving industries shape leaders.  This co-evolutionary process of leadership and industry development is told through the dynamic story of the growth of the American airline industry.  Entrepreneurs, who explored a variety of airline concepts in search of a viable business model, define the industry's early history.  As the industry evolved, a new breed of managers emerged who built a dominant business model that enabled their companies to grow dramatically.  Later, after the industry matured, leaders took center-stage as agents of change to develop new business models in an effort to rebuild and revitalize the industry. The lessons to be drawn from the experience of the airlines and their executives will be of interest to business leaders in industries across a wide spectrum. Despite the indelible mark that many individuals have made on their industry, writers on industry evolution-concerning the airlines or any other industry-have rarely factored in leadership as a way of explaining or understanding that evolution. Entrepreneurs, Managers and Leaders seeks to paint a fuller picture of the interdependent relationship between the actions of leaders, the context of their times, and the evolution of an industry.