Heidi K. Gardner

Lecturer on Law



Heidi K. Gardner, Ph.D., is a Distinguished Fellow at Harvard Law School’s Center on the Legal Profession, a Lecturer on Law, and Faculty Chair of the HLS’s Accelerated Leadership Program and other executive education programs.  Previously she served on the Organizational Behavior faculty of Harvard Business School. 

Dr. Gardner’s research focuses on leadership and collaboration in professional service firms, and she is currently writing a book on the topic to be published by Harvard Business Press in 2016.  Her first book, “Leadership for Lawyers: Essential Leadership Strategies for Law Firm Success,” was published in 2015 by Globe Business & Law.

Her research was awarded the Academy of Management’s Prize for Outstanding Practical Implications for Management. She has published articles in peer-reviewed journals such as the Academy of Management Journal, Administrative Science Quarterly, and Journal of Organizational Behavior as well as numerous book chapters. She reaches practitioners through print and digital media such as Harvard Business Review, American Lawyer, the Financial Times, Law Practice Today, HBR Online, Managing Partner, and more.  Media coverage for her research includes The Economist, Boston Globe, National Law Journal, Financial Times, MSN.com, CNN Money, Fortune.com and CBSNews.com. 

Prof. Gardner has lived and worked on four continents, including positions with McKinsey & Co. and Procter & Gamble, and as a Fulbright Scholar. She holds a BA in Japanese Studies from the University of Pennsylvania (summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa), a Masters from the London School of Economics (with honors), and a Doctorate from London Business School.