Dr. Tomas Chamorro-Premuzic

Dr. Tomas Chamorro-Premuzic

Psychologist | Author | Entrepreneur

An international authority in psychological profiling, talent management, leadership development, and people analytics, Dr. Tomas Chamorro-Premuzic uses science and technology to help organizations predict human performance. Currently the Chief Talent Scientist at Manpower Group, co-founder of Deeper Signals and Metaprofiling, and a professor of business psychology at University College London and Columbia University, Chamorro-Premuzic has made more than 100 media appearances, and has shared his ideas on TED, CNN, and the BBC.

For the past 20 years, Chamorro-Premuzic has consulted with a range of clients in financial services, advertising, media, consumer goods, fashion, government, and intergovernmental organizations, including JP Morgan, Google, BBC, P&G, Valentino, British Army, United Nations, World Bank, and many more. His commercial work focuses on the creation of science-based tools that improve organizations’ ability to predict performance, and people’s ability to understand themselves.

Chamorro-Premuzic has published nine books and more than 140 scientific papers, making him one of the most prolific social scientists of his generation. His work has received awards by the American Psychological Association, the International Society for the Study of Individual Differences, and the Society for Industrial-Organizational Psychology, where he is also a Fellow. Chamorro-Premuzic is also regularly featured in the media, including the BBC, CNN, Sky, Harvard Business Review, the Guardian, Fast Company, Forbes, and the Huffington Post. He is also currently the keynote speaker for the Institute of Economic Affairs

Chamorro-Premuzic previously held academic positions at New York University and the London School of Economics, and lectured at Harvard Business School, Stanford Business School, London Business School, Johns Hopkins, IMD, and INSEAD. He was also previously the CEO at Hogan Assessment Systems.


Why Do So Many Incompetent Men Become Leaders? (And How to Fix It)

Look around your office. Turn on the TV. Incompetent leadership is everywhere, and there’s no denying that most of these leaders are men.

In this timely and provocative talk, Dr. Tomas Chamorro-Premuzic asks two powerful questions: Why is it so easy for incompetent men to become leaders? And why is it so hard for competent people — especially competent women — to advance?

Marshaling decades of rigorous research, Chamorro-Premuzic points out that although men make up a majority of leaders, they underperform when compared with female leaders. In fact, most organizations equate leadership potential with a handful of destructive personality traits, like overconfidence and narcissism. In other words, these traits may help someone get selected for a leadership role, but they backfire once the person has the job.

When competent women — and men who don’t fit the stereotype — are unfairly overlooked, we all suffer the consequences. The result is a deeply flawed system that rewards arrogance rather than humility, and loudness rather than wisdom.

There is a better way. With clarity and verve, Chamorro-Premuzic shows us what it really takes to lead and how new systems and processes can help us put the right people in charge.

The Talent Delusion: Why Data, Not Intuition, Is the Key to Unlocking Human Potential

All organizations have problems, and they nearly always concern people: how to manage them; whom to hire, fire, or promote; and how to motivate, develop, and retain high potential employees.

Psychology, the main science for understanding people, should be a pivotal tool for solving these problems — yet most companies play it by ear, and billions of dollars are wasted on futile interventions to attract and retain the right people for key roles.

Bridging the gap between the psychological science of talent and common real-world talent practices, this presentation aims to educate HR practitioners and leaders on how to measure, predict, and manage talent. It will provide attendees with data-driven solutions to the common problems around employee selection, development, and engagement; how to define and evaluate talent; how to detect and inhibit toxic employee behaviours; and how to identify and harness leadership potential.

The Surprising Truth About Confidence

If you’re like most people, you probably think that being highly confident will make you more likable, more employable, and more successful. But you’d be wrong.

In this paradigm-shifting talk, world-renowned personality expert Dr. Tomas Chamorro-Premuzic reveals that, beyond making you feel good, high confidence has no genuine benefits, and it may even be self-destructive. Low confidence, however, helps us make realistic risk assessments, protects us from disastrous situations, and encourages us to become more competent — which is the real key to achievement. Intelligent and thought-provoking, Chamorro-Premuzic will show you how to make your insecurities work for you in every facet of life.