Merete Wedell-Wedellsborg

Adjunct Professor in Leadership

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Merete Wedell-Wedellsborg is Adjunct Professor in Leadership. She is an authorized clinical psychologist who specializes in organizational psychology. Her professional and research interests include sustainable high performance, crisis management, ethical leadership, and creating strong bonds and shared identity in top teams.

As an executive advisor, she has more than 20 years’ experience developing executive teams, top leaders, and talents. She runs her own business psychology practice with industry-leading clients in Europe and the US in the financial, pharmaceutical, consumer products, and defense sectors, as well as family offices.

Wedell-Wedellsborg holds a PhD in business economics from Copenhagen Business School and an MA in Psychology from the University of Copenhagen. Her PhD dissertation, The Global Soldier, was written in cooperation with the Royal Danish Defence College and Copenhagen Business School. During her doctoral studies, she was a visiting scholar at SCANCOR, Stanford University.

She laid the foundation for her career at the Royal Danish Defence College testing fighter pilots, developing assessment frameworks for officers, teaching and training battle psychology with cadets, debriefing military units returning from international missions, and being deployed as a crisis psychologist to emergency and disaster situations.

Merete is the author of the book Battle Mind: How to Navigate in Chaos and Perform Under Pressure as well as a number of articles on the psychology of leadership, ethics and coping with COVID-19. She is a regular contributor to Harvard Business Review, a columnist on leadership at a major Danish newspaper and is frequently used as an expert in the business press and as a public speaker.

Insight for Executives
When crisis management becomes conflict management
“I don’t get it,” said a senior executive. “Things are looking brighter and our business is rocketing back. We should be fired up that our normal lives are just around the corner. But in many place...
Published 11 April 2022
How to help your team get out of a lull
Leaders today are facing a challenge. While they need their employees to get up to speed, feel the competitive hunger to win again, and to rekindle collaboration, they’re facing an odd kind of iner...
Published 12 October 2021
How to lead when your team is exhausted — and you are, too
As we head into the second wave of Covid-19, you and your team may be feeling foggy, cranky, and fatigued. The adrenaline of the first wave is over and, while good news about a vaccine is on the ho...
Published 15 December 2020
Leading into the post-Covid recovery
Every crisis has three phases: the emergency, a regression, and, finally, a recovery. And while the latter phase may seem like smooth sailing in comparison to maneuvering your business through Covi...
Published 11 August 2020
If you feel like you’re regressing, you’re not alone
For some leaders, the Covid-19 pandemic was initially freeing: no longer tied down by budget constraints and market expectations, they were driven by a desire to act — fast and often. Priorities be...
Published 22 May 2020
Top teams in the time of crisis: containment and compassion
Top teams in the time of crisis: containment and compassion
Understand what phase of the crisis your team is in and and how to apply containment and compassion.
Published 11 May 2020
Psychology skills for leaders navigating through the waves of the corona crisis
Psychology skills for leaders navigating through the waves of the corona crisis
COVID-19 is forcing world leaders to practice crisis management in its purest form. Initially, crisis responses tend to be constructive and characterized by decisiveness, effectiveness and maturit...
Published 31 March 2020
The psychology behind unethical behavior
Leaders are often faced with ethical conundrums. So how can they determine when they’re inching toward dangerous territory? There are three main psychological dynamics that lead to crossing moral l...
Published 12 April 2019
How women at the top can renew their mental energy
Managing your mental energy is challenging for anyone — but it can be particularly tricky for women in leadership positions. In this piece, the author offers three simple tactics to help these fema...
Published 16 April 2018
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