Professional Biography

Dr. Annie McKee is a Senior Fellow and Director of GSE's PennCLO Executive Doctoral Program and the Med Ed Master's Program. She teaches leadership and emotional intelligence in these programs as well as in Penn GSE's Mid-Career Doctoral Program in Educational Leadership.

Annie is a bestselling author whose work has been translated into over 25 languages. Her newest book, How to Be Happy at Work: The Power of Purpose, Hope, and Friendship (Harvard Business Review Press, September, 2017) shows how fulfillment at work is the first step on the road to success. This message is amplified in recent podcasts, Facebook live, and webinars, as well as in her Harvard Business Review article, “Happiness Traps: How We Sabotage Ourselves at Work.” Annie has authored and co-authored numerous other bestselling books, including Primal Leadership (with Daniel Goleman and Richard Boyatzis), Resonant Leadership, Becoming a Resonant Leader, and Management: A Focus on Leaders. Annie is also a regular contributor to and

Annie advises business and institutional leaders around the globe and provides guidance on leadership and management practices that enable individuals to soar and companies to live their mission and serve their customers, clients, and citizens. She supports executives one-on-one and works with senior teams to help these leaders reach their potential while ensuring the sustainable success of their organizations. She speaks widely around the world on topics including resonant leadership, happiness and engagement at work, emotional intelligence, and how to build a culture—or a microculture—that ensures full engagement, inclusion, and a fulfilling work experience for all employees. Annie has been honored as one of Business Week’s Top 100 leaders and hailed as “the high priestess of executive coaching.”

Annie McKee received her doctorate in Organizational Behavior from Case Western Reserve University and her baccalaureate degree, summa cum laude, from Chaminade University of Honolulu.  Prior to joining Penn as a senior fellow, Annie was the co-founder of the Teleos Leadership Institute, a consultancy that provides leadership development and advisory services around the world. During this time, Annie was an adjunct professor at Penn GSE and prior, she taught at the University of Pennsylvania Wharton School and the Aresty Institute of Executive Education; she also served in the office of Penn’s Executive Vice President. Annie contributes to her field and the community through pro bono work, including co-designing and conducting the Police Executive Leadership Institute with the Major Cities Chiefs Association and the Holocaust Memorial Museum. She also serves on the Consortium for the Advancement of Learning and Development (a think tank sponsored by McKinsey) and the Marshall Goldsmith Top 100 Coaches, a group dedicated to serving humanity through individual and collective efforts in businesses and the public sector. Annie is a former member of the Advisory Board of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Division of Science and Technology (2015-2017).


Ph.D. (Organizational Behavior) Case Western Reserve University, 1991

B.A., Chaminade University of Honolulu, 1987

Areas of Expertise


Emotional Intelligence

Organizational Development and Culture Change

Happiness and Engagement at Work

Selected Publications

McKee, A. (2017). Happiness traps: How we sabotage ourselves at work. Harvard Business Review.

McKee, A. (2017, in press). How to be happy at work. Leader to Leader.

McKee, A. (July, 2017). A 3-step process to break a cycle of frustration, stress, and fighting at work: It starts with self-awareness. Harvard Business Review.

McKee, A. (June, 2017). Stress: The happiness killer at work. Psychology Today.

McKee, A. (2014). Management: A focus on leaders. New Jersey: Pearson Prentice Hall.

McKee, A., Johnston, F., Mwelwa, E., & Rotondo, S. (2009). Resonant leadership for results: An emotional and social intelligence program for change in South Africa and Cambodia. In M. Hughes, H.L. Thompson, & J.B. Terrell, (Eds.) Handbook for Developing Emotional and Social Intelligence. San Francisco: Pfeffer, pp.59-71. 

McKee, A., Boyatzis, R.E., & Johnston, F. (2008). Becoming a resonant leader: Develop your emotional intelligence, renew your relationships and sustain your effectiveness. Boston: Harvard Business Review Press.

Boyatzis, R.E., & McKee, A. (2005). Resonant leadership: Renewing yourself through mindfulness, hope, and compassion. Boston: Harvard Business Review Press.

Goleman, D., Boyatzis, R.E., & McKee, A. Primal Leadership: Unleashing the Power of Emotional Intelligence. Boston: Harvard Business Review Press.