• About
We are the leadership advisors to the leaders of the world, helping leaders solve their most challenging problems with confidence. This means helping our clients hire and develop talented teams that run at full power.

Our mission has always been to use our expertise in human behavior to help CEOs, boards, and investors build valuable companies. We work with those who share our belief that leadership is the ultimate lever for positive change and value creation.

When Geoff Smart founded ghSMART in 1995, he set out to create the premier firm in the emerging field of leadership assessment. While leadership assessment remains core to our work, we have evolved into a full-service leadership advisory firm. We are honored to serve our clients across a broad range of their most critical leadership challenges.

ghSMART is 100% employee-owned. Our freedom and objectivity are not restricted by any corporation, outside investor, or public market shareholder. As a matter of principle, we do not provide executive search services to ensure we remain free of conflict of interest with our clients.

Our independence goes hand-in-hand with our entrepreneurial culture, which values proactivity and ability over bureaucracy and tenure. And all of our decisions and actions are guided by our firm Credo and Values.

Our Mission and Values
Our credo and values define who we are, why we exist and what drives our behavior.
We hire top quartile performers from the very best strategy firms, psychology consulting practices, and high-performing corporations. Each of us brings a unique set of experiences and perspectives.
2021 Vault Rankings
Best Boutique Consulting Firm, plus #1 in Satisfaction, Level of Challenge, and Interaction with Clients.
Forbes Ranked on 2020 List of America’s Best Management Consulting Firms
"In a competitive world for talent, ghSMART is an invaluable resource to help us investigate positive attributes and concerns before we conclude our hiring processes."
Steve Tananbaum
Founding Partner and Chief Investment Officer of GoldenTree Asset Management
"The right coach is the person you are dying to see again after they walk out the door. My ghSMART consultant is that person for me."
Madeline Bell
President and CEO of Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
"First Busey Corporation sought an independent resource to assess and assist the company as we scale for continued growth. The team of organizational experts at ghSMART helped strengthen First Busey Corporation’s efforts in the areas of leadership scalability, accountability scorecards, executive coaching, as well as long-term succession planning strategies."
First Busey Corporation
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