Paul Hersey was internationally recognized as a leading authority on training and development in leadership and management. The Situational Leadership® Model he developed has been used to train more than 14 million managers in thousands of companies across the globe and has been deployed in 70 percent of Fortune 500 companies.
After developing The Situational Leadership® Model in the late 1960s, Hersey spent more than 40 years travelling the globe to teach his model to leaders from all over the world. His love of teaching was unmatched, as was evidenced by his insistence to follow through on a client commitment in mid-November despite his failing health.
At the time of his death, Hersey was a distinguished professor of leadership studies at Nova Southeastern University. He formerly served on the faculties of Northern Illinois University, California State College at Chico, The University of Arkansas and Ohio University. Additionally, Hersey served as chairman of the Department of Management, Dean of the School of Business and president of California American University – Graduate School of Applied Behavioral Science.
Hersey authored or coauthored numerous papers, articles and books, including the best-selling management text Management of Organizational Behavior: Utilizing Human Resources, along with Organizational Change through Effective Leadership and Selling: a Behavioral Science Approach, The Situational Leader, Situational Selling, Situational Service: Customer Care for the Practitioner and Situational Parenting. He introduced his most recent book, Leadership Blueprint: Why We Better Lead and Lead Better, at the American Society for Training and Development International Conference and Exposition for learning and performance professionals in May 2012.