Dr. Brian Little
Award-Winning Psychology Professor
Described as “a cross between Robin Williams and Einstein,” Dr. Brian Little employs equal doses of humour and intelligence to explain how our personal communication styles influence our experiences with colleagues and clients. A personality psychologist and an expert in personality differences, group dynamics, and project management, Dr. Little was elected a “Favourite Professor” by the graduating classes of Harvard for three consecutive years.
Dr. Little received his Ph.D. degree in Psychology from the University of California, Berkeley, and was a Commonwealth Scholar at Oxford. He currently teaches at Cambridge University in the Department of Psychology and in the Cambridge Judge Business School. In 2015, he was a senior fellow at the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania.
A pioneer in the study of personality and well-being, Dr. Little mentored some of today’s leading business authors and speakers, including Adam Grant, Shawn Achor, Tal Ben-Shahar and Susan Cain. According to Achor, “he is one of the great lecturers of our time. I quote him and his research in both my books because his research is so foundational.”
Dr. Little’s award-winning research explores how personality shapes lives and the implications this has for flourishing in our corporations, associations, schools, families and relationships. His book, Me, Myself, and Us: The Science of Personality and the Art of Well-Being, provides a novel way of understanding the layers of our personality, why we often act out of character, and why doing so is important to professional success and personal well-being. Cain praises Me, Myself, and Us as “monumentally important”; Grant as “a masterpiece”; and Dan Pink as “truly gripping.”
Drawing on this research, Dr. Little’s keynote presentations are a blend of whimsical hilarity and passionate force. He explains the practical applications of recent research in personality science to communication, emotion, motivation, decision making, creativity, health and prosperity. His presentations frequently inspire standing ovations.