Harry Hutson, Senior Consultant

Harry Hutson is a Senior Consultant for the Authentic Leadership Institute, a leadership consulting firm committed to creating leaders and organizations with a deeper purpose and the courage to transform their business impact.  Harry’s leadership purpose is to help people get out of their own way.

Previously, Harry led the leadership development, organizational effectiveness, and learning functions at Devon Energy in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.  His responsibilities included design and delivery of Devon’s comprehensive suite of executive academies that combine assessment, coaching, and action learning, as well as leader-led instruction.  While there, Devon was rated among The 100 Best Places to Work and most admired companies in the oil and gas industry.

Prior to this work, Harry was an independent coach and organizational consultant located in Lexington, Massachusetts, with multinational, startup and nonprofit clients.  And before 2000, Harry was a Human Resources and Organizational Development Executive at Global Knowledge, Avery Dennison, and Cummins.  His client work with the Institute has included Devon Energy, Unilever, and Heineken.

Harry’s latest book, Navigating an Organizational Crisis: When Leadership Matters Most (with Martha Johnson), was published by Praeger in 2016.  Currently, his writing appears in publications such as Harvard Business Review, HR Practice & Strategy, the Organizational Development Network’s Organizational Practitioner, and The CEO Magazine.

His previous books, Putting Hope to Work: Five Principles to Activate Your Organization's Most Powerful Resource, with Barbara Perry, and Leadership in Nonprofit Organizations, with Barry Dym, have achieved notice—the latter was nominated for the Terry McAdam Book Award by the Alliance for Nonprofit Management, and Harvard Business Review placed "hope" on the list of breakthrough ideas for 2007.  

For years, Harry has served on the Board of Directors of the New England Center for Children, a pioneering school for the treatment of autism with locations in Massachusetts and Abu Dhabi, and Urban Ministries of Durham (NC), a community shelter whose purpose is to end homelessness.

Harry's academic degrees were earned at Hamilton College, Harvard, Stanford, and Indiana University.  A member of the NTL Institute, he has taught at the Kenan-Flagler Business School, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, and in Harvard Business School’s Advanced Management Program.  Harry has offices in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, and Essex, New York.