Energy and engagement are hallmarks of Mike Roberto’s teaching style. Roberto has been known to jump, throw chalk, and spark debates as well as use video, case studies, and small group discussion to foster dialogue among students. “I have a lot of enthusiasm and hope it’s contagious in the classroom,” he said. “I want to bring the classroom to life.” He has won a raft of teaching awards at Harvard University, his alma mater and former employer, and is the seven-time winner of Bryant’s Outstanding MBA Teaching Award.
Roberto is an expert in decision-making, leadership, and large-scale organizational failure. He has written more than 30 case studies – used in virtually every U.S. business school – that are published through Harvard. Six are bestsellers, including a case study and interactive simulation of the Columbia space shuttle disaster. He also has sold more than 50,000 audio and video lectures on decision-making and leadership, and published two books, including the business bestseller Why Great Leaders Don’t Take Yes for An Answer .
A long-time consultant, Roberto brings leadership training to companies that include Target, Apple, Disney, Coca-Cola, Federal Express, and Mars. His sessions, which range from one day to one week, are aimed at both rising and established corporate leaders.
“A good leader in business or the classroom listens to a wide range of people, gathers their ideas, pulls them together, sets the direction, then gets buy-in,” he said. “That’s the heart of it. But easier said than done.”