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 http://www.hbs.edu/leadership/database/index.html).

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. Winner of the 2006–2007 Robert F. Greenhill Award for Outstanding Service to the HBS Community.