Thomas J. DeLong

Philip J. Stomberg Professor of Management Practice

Thomas J. DeLong is the Philip J. Stomberg Professor of Management Practice in the Organizational Behavior area at the Harvard Business School. Before joining the Harvard Faculty, DeLong was Chief Development Officer and Managing Director of Morgan Stanley Group, Inc., where he was responsible for the firm’s human capital and focused on issues of organizational strategy and organizational change.

At Harvard, Professor DeLong teaches MBA and executive courses focused on leadership, organizational behavior, managing human capital, and career management. DeLong has served as course head for the required course on Leadership and Organizational Behavior.  He has designed MBA courses focusing on managing human capital in high performance organizations and strategic issues in professional service firms. He currently teaches an elective course on leadership.

DeLong teaches globally in a myriad of executive programs as well as executive courses on campus. He consults with leading organizations on the process of making individual and organizational change.  His new book, Flying Without a Net: Turn Fear of Change into Fuel for Success (Harvard Business School Press, 2011), centers on the challenges of helping talented professionals who are resistant to change.

DeLong co-authored two books focused on leading professional service firms, When Professionals Have to Lead: A New Model for High Performance (Harvard Business School Press, 2007) and Professional Services: Cases and Texts (McGraw-Hill/Irwin 2003). DeLong has coauthored two Harvard Business Review articles, “Let's Hear It for B Players” and “Why Mentoring Matters in a Hypercompetitive World”.  His Harvard Business Review articles focus on why high achieving professionals often unwittingly sabotage their effort to excel.

Professor DeLong received his undergraduate and master’s degrees from Brigham Young University and his Ph.D. from Purdue University in Industrial Supervision.  He received a post-doctoral fellowship from Massachusetts Institute of Technology.


Thomas J DeLong | E-mail: tdelong@hbs.edu

  1. Overview

    Keywords: LEAD; Authentic Leadership Development; Managing Human Capital;

  2. LEAD

    This is a first year, required course.

    Keywords: LEAD; leadership;