Meet the team

Mike Mister


Picture of Mike Mister at Moller Institute

Mike is the co-author of the best-selling business book “How to Lead Smart People” published by Profile Books.   Mike works in supporting the development of leadership and change management capability in organisations full of “Smart People”. His key areas of expertise and interest are at the intersection of strategy, commercial success and the organisation’s people agenda. He has over 30 years’ experience of working in knowledge rich organisation, and for most of that time has consulted around the world with partners and leadership teams.

Mike has many years’ experience in the design and presentation of executive education programmes, and has worked extensively with many of the leading faculty working in the professional services field. The key thrust of his programmes is always the use of executive development as an enabler to support leaders in driving change and improving commercial performance. As well as working with the world’s top professional services faculty, Mike has taught business strategy, leadership, and a variety of personal development topics around the world including China, India, South Africa, Argentina, Australia, USA and across Europe.

Mike began his career in retail banking before moving to roles in the defence industry. Starting work as a consultant he specialised in the design and delivery of tailored development programmes for a wide variety of ‘Blue-Chip’ organisations, working primarily on assisting executives to improve business performance.

In his last major corporate role Mike was Global Director for Executive Development at EY Global (formerly Ernst & Young Global). Although London based he travelled extensively for over 15 years facilitating the development of partners around the world as the organisation went through a rapid process of globalisation. As part of this role Mike was responsible for relationships with major business schools and faculty; and working with key suppliers and consulting firms, primarily in the areas of leadership, client service and business development.

In 2019 Mike was invited to join the Conference Board as a Senior Fellow in their Human Capital Practice where he will be contributing to ongoing research and publications on the development of people and leadership in organisations. He has co-authored the best-selling book  “How to Lead Smart People” with Arun Singh – and the Harvard Business School case study “Ellen Harvey” with Professors Ashish Nanda and Das Narayandas. In addition he regularly publishes articles and case studies with other collaborators.

Mike has an MBA, an honours degree in Psychology and is a Chartered Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development in the UK. He is a graduate member of the British Psychological Society, Associate of the London Institute of Banking and Finance in the UK and a Senior Fellow with the Conference Board’s Human Capital practice.


How to Lead Smart People  –  Profile Books (co-authored with Arun Singh)
The Manager’s Handbook  –  Warner Books (editorial team)
Talent Management Toolkit for Law Firms  –  ARK Group(chapter contribution)
“Ellen Harvey”  –  Harvard Business School Case #N9-514–010
“The New Partner”  –  Møller Institute Case #14-500-003
“Project Pat – what is the point of me?”  –  Møller Institute Case #14-500-001
Leading Humans and Machines  –  International Leadership Association. Annual Conference 2018 (with Baltesz, Harrell, Seelman, Lazarus)