Ed Batista

Lecturer, Organizational Behavior

Ed Batista

Lecturer in Management

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I’m an executive coach and a lecturer at the Stanford Graduate School of Business. At Stanford I teach courses aimed at helping MBA students better manage themselves and further develop their leadership and interpersonal skills.

Today I teach The Art of Self-Coaching (OB527), a course that I designed and launched in 2015. The course aims to help professionals and aspiring leaders be more intentional in managing their continued growth and development. From 2017 through 2020 I taught three sections of the course each year, but in 2021 I had less time available for teaching and currently offer one section in Spring Quarter.

In 2016 and 2017 I also taught Interpersonal Dynamics (OB374), the school’s most popular elective (and known to most students as Touchy Feely.) When I accepted the GSB’s invitation to add a third section of Self-Coaching, I decided to resign from the Interpersonal Dynamics faculty, as my other commitments precluded me from teaching more than one class per Quarter.

From 2007 to 2016 I provided individual coaching and led teams in the Arbuckle Leadership Fellows Program and taught sections of Leadership Labs, both of which I helped to launch in 2007. During that time I also facilitated groups in Interpersonal Dynamics, a role that I continued to play during the course’s weekend retreats.

As an executive coach I work with senior leaders who are facing a challenge or would like to be more effective or fulfilled in their roles. Most of my clients are technology company CEOs, and I’ve worked with leaders in fields from accounting to investing to the law. Issues I often address with clients include managing relationships with key employees and others, improving executive team dynamics, transitioning from technical expert to leader, evolving company culture, and better self-care.

My work as a coach began after a 15-year career in management, during which I took two years off to attend the GSB and helped launch three new organizations. I write about coaching and professional development at edbatista.com. I’m a co-author of the HBR Guides to Coaching Employees and Delivering Effective Feedback, and I’m currently writing a book on self-coaching for HBR Press.

I’m married to Amy Wright, and we live on a farm north of San Francisco. In addition to my MBA from Stanford, I earned a BA in History, magna cum laude, from Brown University.

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