Tal Ben-Shahar Profile

Teaching to over 1400 Harvard University students, Tal Ben-Shahar’s course on “Positive Psychology” was the most popular in the University, while another course, “The Psychology of Leadership,” took third place on the same list.

Ben-Shahar has written several bestselling books on psychology, including Choose The Life You Want: 101 Wasted Create Your Own Wrote to Happiness, Being Happy: You Don’t Have to be Perfect to Lead a Richer, Happier Life and Happier: Learn the Secrets to Daily Joy and Lasting Fulfilment.

High-ranking executives, public audiences and at risk populations all around the world have benefited from his insights into leadership, ethics, happiness, self-esteem, resilience, goal setting and mindfulness.

Holder of a Ph.D. in Organizational Behavior and a BA in Philosophy and Psychology from Harvard, Tal Ben-Shahar has also been US Intercollegiate and Israeli National squash champion.

  • View Extended/Alternate Bio

    Tal Ben-Shahar is an author and lecturer who taught the most popular course at Harvard University on “Positive Psychology,” and the university′s third most popular course on “The Psychology of Leadership”—with a total of more than 1,400 students.

    Ben-Shahar consults and lectures around the world to executives in multi-national corporations, the general public and at-risk populations. Topics include leadership, ethics, happiness, self-esteem, resilience, goal setting and mindfulness. He is the author of the new book Choose the Life You Want: 101 Ways to Create Your Own Road to Happiness. He is also the author of Being Happy: You Don′t Have to Be Perfect to Lead a Richer, Happier Life and The New York Times best seller Happier: Learn the Secrets to Daily Joy and Lasting Fulfillment.

    An avid sportsman, Ben-Shahar won the U.S. Intercollegiate and Israeli National squash championships. He earned his Ph.D. in Organizational Behavior and B.A. in Philosophy and Psychology from Harvard.

Tal Ben-Shahar Speaking Videos

Bring Tal Ben-Shahar to Speak Live at Your Event


Check Speaker Availability

Tal Ben-Shahar's Speech Descriptions

Ben-Shahar’s programs discuss recent findings in positive psychological research. He discusses ways to apply positive psychology to your life, including strategies for success and for making it through difficult times. He introduces tools that can help make audiences happier. Ben-Shahar talks about effective positive leadership and how to tap into the potential of organizations and individuals alike.

Ben-Shahar is a specialist in Positive Psychology; he brings his research into the science of happiness and provides his audience with practical ideas and tools that will actually make them happier. He demonstrates that it is possible to simplify our lives and refocus on the positive in order to achieve optimal human functioning.

Using the Strengths-based Approach to Leadership and Organizational Development, Ben-Shahar shows readers how they can create a positive environment which will attract the most talented individuals and nurture their inherent potential. He also shows how Positive Psychology can be utilized to make effective leaders who can remain resilient during the most difficult of times.

Positive Psychology: The Science of Happiness

Positive Psychology, "the scientific study of optimal human functioning," provides practical tools for better living. This new subfield within psychology is unique in that it creates a bridge between the Ivory Tower and Main Street -- making rigorous academic ideas easily accessible. In this session, Ben-Shahar discusses current research related to the science of happiness and introduces ideas and tools that can actually make you happier. He covers topics including giving ourselves the permission to be human, simplifying our lives, recognizing the mind-body connection, and re-focusing on the positive.

Positive Leadership: Strategies for Success

Most organizational and individual potential is untapped. Talented individuals are attracted to and thrive in organizations that bring out the best in them. Ben-Shahar discusses how leaders can create a positive environment that nurtures their inherent potential, as well as the potential in those with whom they work. Ben-Shahar presents research and practices from the world of Appreciative Inquiry, and the Strengths-based Approach to Leadership and Organizational Development and illustrates how to blend them into an approach that underpins extraordinary rather than ordinary outcomes, and enables people to reach fulfillment, happiness, wellbeing, and success.

Positive Psychology for Difficult Times

The economic crises, the ongoing market pressures, the globalization of our village, make the task of the leader increasingly difficult. The effective leader is able to be tough and demanding while being respectful, to trust employees while taking responsibility for the outcome, to focus on strengths while learning to manage weaknesses, juggling the day-to-day challenges while keeping an eye on the vision. To be successful in this taxing environment, the leader must be resilient—to face the challenges and bounce back from setbacks.

Other topic titles can include:

  • Positive Leadership: Making a Difference
  • The Psychology of Success: The Power of Beliefs
  • Overcoming Perfectionism: The Permission to be Human
  • The Question of Happiness: On Finding Meaning, Pleasure and the Ultimate Currency

Have You Seen this Speaker? Leave a Star Rating.

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Related Speakers


Need help filling the seats at your next meeting / event?

Call us / email us / check availability and fee for your favorite speaker.

Get in touch
Call us: (760) 656-8770
Toll free in the US: (877) 717-5327