Geoff Smart, Ph.D.
  • Chairman & Founder /
  • Denver /

Dr. Geoff Smart is the Chairman & Founder of ghSMART.

Founded in 1995, ghSMART helps Fortune 500 CEOs & boards, entrepreneurs, and heads of state to achieve their goals through hiring, developing, and leading talented teams with confidence.

ghSMART serves clients globally from its 12 offices in North America and Europe. The firm was named the #1 “best consulting firm to work for” in overall employee satisfaction, challenge, and client interaction, by Vault in 2022, 2021, and 2020.

ghSMART is the subject of two Harvard Business School Cases, titled “ghSMART & Co.: Pioneering in Professional Services.”

ghSMART’s Credo begins, “We exist to help leaders amplify their positive impact on the world.”

The firm is known for offering extraordinarily talented professionals an unparalleled professional development experience, and a work culture characterized by impact, freedom, generosity & gratitude, transparency, and meritocracy. ghSMART is ranked #1 on Glassdoor among top firms, with a 4.7/5.0 overall rating and 100% leadership approval.

ghSMART shares its knowledge about leadership with the world. The firm has published three bestselling books. Who:  The A Method for Hiring (Smart & Street) is a New York Times bestseller that is currently ranked #1 on Amazon.com on the topic of hiring talented teams. Power Score:  Your Formula for Leadership Success (Smart, Street, and Foster) is a Wall Street Journal bestseller, and appeared on an international newspaper’s list of “The 10 Best Business Books of 2015.” The CEO Next Door (Botelho & Powell) is a critically-acclaimed New York Times bestseller. In addition, Dr. Smart published Leadocracy: Hiring More Great Leaders (Like You) into Government, a New York Times bestseller which won the IPPY Award and the Axiom Book Award for #1 Best Business Book of the Year. In the 1990s, Dr. Smart co-created the Topgrading brand for talent management. He earned a B.A. in Economics with honors from Northwestern University, and a M.A. and Ph.D. in Psychology from Claremont Graduate University, where he was a student of management guru Peter F. Drucker.

ghSMART makes an impact in the broader community. Dr. Smart founded a not-for-profit leadership development organization which became the Colorado Governors Fellowship Program, and he currently serves on the Board of Trustees of CiviCo.  Dr. Smart has personally advised four sitting U.S. Governors, a U.S. Senator, White House Fellows, world leaders in education, defense, and public health, and the President of the World Bank. ghSMART colleagues donate hundreds of hours per year to advising leaders who make the world a better place.

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