Our Vision: Millions leading, billions benefiting

We believe that organizational leadership, in order to be durably effective, must be inclusive, rather than exclusive. So, we work to expand the definition of what leadership is, who does it, where, when and how. The “why” of leadership is the most important: to have a positive and lasting impact on people and organizations. Therefore, our intent is to equip people – in large, coordinated numbers – with a process that enables them to transform their organizations, to do it themselves, and to teach others to do it.

From Dr. John Kotter to Kotter International

The most significant point in the history of our firm is when we shifted from research to implementation. As a result, while most firms claim strength in one or the other, we have demonstrated that we are the best at both.


January 1, 1972
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More than 40 years ago, Harvard Business School Professor John Kotter began researching real companies and leaders to study why 70% of businesses fail to execute their strategies, and only 5% meet or exceed them.


January 1, 1996

Development of the award-winning 8-Step Process for Leading Change. This landmark process will be used as a consistent, holistic approach in countless successful change efforts.


January 1, 2010

Dr. Kotter retired from HBS in 2002 to concentrate on the application of his work. Over time, he gathered several experts together who then formed Kotter International in 2010.


January 1, 2012

After five years of observing his firm apply the 8-Step Process in a wide range of organizations, Dr. Kotter published his findings in the McKinsey Award-winning Harvard Business Review article “Accelerate!”


January 1, 2014

We developed “Accelerate!” into a book-length study: Accelerate (XLR8) (Harvard Business Review Publishing, April 2014) Strategy+Business and Inc. recognized Accelerate as one of the Best Business Books of 2014 We launched the Kotter International Center for Leaders


April 28, 2015
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We continue to leverage and build on our experience with more than 100 organizations to help new clients transform themselves through our proprietary process and the leadership skills necessary to drive it.