Sydney Finkelstein

Steven Roth Professor of Management, Associate Dean for Executive Education, Faculty Director, Tuck Center for Leadership


Sydney Finkelstein’s approach to leadership and strategy focuses on the strengths and weaknesses of executive talent. His widely read research analyzes how capable leaders make bad decisions and, ultimately, fail. He teaches the core course Analysis for General Managers. More


Global Media Coverage
of Professor Finkelstein's
Best & Worst CEOs of 2014  //

Best and worst CEOs of 2014

The annual list has appeared in major media outlets around the world. See the coverage

Syd Weighs In Podcasts  //

Professor Finkelstein shares his views on why leaders do what they do. Listen to the podcasts

Listed as One of the Top 50
Management Thinkers in the World  //

Read Syd's listing in Thinkers50

Why Smart Executives Fail  //

Why Smart Executives Fail explores corporate mistakes—what they are, why they occur, and what managers, leaders, and investors can do about them. Learn moreRead a review

Think Again  //

Sydney Finkelstein and co-authors Jo Whitehead and Andrew Campbell turn their attention to such major strategic decisions as the war in Iraq, Hurricane Katrina, and numerous business cases to explain why decision-makers sometimes think they're right when they are really wrong. Learn moreRead a review

Breakout Strategy  //

Breakout Strategy offers a clear, actionable, set of ideas that give managers all the tools they need to move toward the sweet spots that exist in every industry. Learn moreRead a review






  • Ph.D., Columbia University, 1988
  • MSc, London School of Economics, 1981
  • BComm, Concordia University, 1980