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The Taboos of Leadership, by Anthony F. Smith
“Having worked with Tony for nearly 20 years, I can tell you that his research, teaching, and insights into leadership have had a remarkable impact on me and our leadership at McKinsey & Company. It has been a pleasure working with him, and you will find it a pleasure reading this very rare and insightful book on this very important subject.”
—J. McLean Stewart, Senior Director (ret), McKinsey & Company

“I have had the privilege of listening and learning from a number of ‘leadership experts’ in my career, and I think Tony Smith is one of the best. This is why I have brought him into every organization that I have led. His provocative insights, counsel, and unvarnished feedback that I have valued over the years are reflected here in The Taboos of Leadership! A must read for anyone who is truly interested in the field of leadership.
Chuck Griffith, Executive Director, Arcapita Inc. and former CEO of Ingersoll Dresser

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Anthony (Tony) Smith, Co-Founder and a Managing Director of Leadership Research Institute (, is truly a life-long student of the leadership field.

As a youngster, Smith recalls wanting to make his father’s workplace, a major oil concern, a better environment for employees. “When my dad had a rough day at work,” he says, “I remember thinking, if I can just sit down with his boss and remind him of the impact that he has on others, he will be more effective as a manager to my dad and the entire crew!” He didn’t know it then, but Tony found his calling.

Today, Tony Smith is an active coach and consultant with nearly 20 years’ experience in executive development, leadership training and design, organizational change and assessment, and teambuilding.

Smith holds a B.A. and M.A. in the Behavioral Sciences and earned his Doctorate at the School of Leadership and Education Science at the University of San Diego. He was later appointed as a Post-Doctoral Fellow of social anthropology at the University of California, where he studied leadership and cultural change. Smith has also served on the teaching and research faculties of other universities including the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth and the prestigious EAP Graduate School (European School of Management) at Oxford.

Smith’s research on leadership has appeared in several publications, including the best-selling books The Leader of the Future and The Organization of the Future (published by the Drucker Foundation); European Journal of Management; and the Journal of Leadership Studies.

He has served global clients in a wide range of fields, including McKinsey & Company, American Express, The National Football League, Siemens AG, the Coca-Cola Company, Deutsche Bank, International Paper, The Walt Disney Company, ESPN, Spencer Stuart, and Goldman, Sachs, and Company. He also serves on corporate boards including the V Foundation for Cancer Research (honoring basketball coaching great Jim Valvano).

Headquartered in Rancho Santa Fe, California, Leadership Research Institute is recognized as one of the leading management consulting firms specializing in Leadership Development and Assessment. Working with world-class organizations, LRI experts aid their clients in developing the leadership skills and measurement systems necessary to help employees perform to their full potential and live according to their organization’s mission and values.

Smith resides in Rancho Santa Fe, California.

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