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Roselinde Torres: Leadership

Torres_Roselinde_thumb_lgRoselinde Torres is a senior partner and managing director in BCG's New York office. She joined BCG in 2006 and is a senior leader in the firm’s People & Organization practice area and the global leader for the leadership topic.

Roselinde is a member of BCG’s Americas management team and she has given a TED talk on the "What it Takes to Be a Great Leader" as part of a series of talks curated by TED and BCG.

Roselinde has been a BCG Fellow since 2009. Her research topic is leadership.

In the twenty-first century, we will see fewer heroic leaders who single-handedly rally the troops to charge the hill and will instead see great leadership teams in which the most senior member acts as a steward, demonstrating empathy and appreciation for others’ point of view and contribution and holding all members of the leadership team accountable for shared leadership. Clients in the private, public, and social sectors will need to foster innovative sources of leadership experiences in order to operate in a more fragmented and fast-paced world.

The fellowship on the topic of leadership is exploring the following questions:

  • How do organizations best surmount strategic and economic challenges to choose, develop, and retain more adaptive leaders?

  • What are the timeless elements of leadership and what are the leadership differentiators for a twenty-first-century world?

  • What innovative methods can help prepare the next generation of leaders—both individually and as teams?

  • How do we enable leaders to unlearn past models and habits of success?

  • How do we create measurable links between leadership appointments and their impact on value creation and sustained competitive advantage?

Roselinde has been a long-term advisor to CEOs, senior executives, and boards on issues of executive leadership, team effectiveness, organization design, culture change, and large-scale change implementation. She has consulted across a wide range of industries, including consumer products, financial services, health care, industrial goods, retail, and technology.

Roselinde is a frequent speaker at national business forums on organizational transformation and leadership and has authored publications on twenty-first-century leadership, organizing for growth, executive team effectiveness, M&A cultural integration, and CEO succession. She has been featured in the major business press, including BusinessWeek, the Economist, the Corporate Board, Chief Executive, Fast Company, and Institutional Investor. She serves on the selection committee for U.S.News & World Report’s America’s Best Leaders and is a trustee of the Wildlife Conservation Society.

Prior to working at BCG, Roselinde was a senior partner at Mercer Delta Consulting, where she also held a number of U.S. and global leadership roles. She also led internal consulting teams at Johnson & Johnson and Connecticut Mutual Life. At Johnson & Johnson, she was a member of the senior leadership team of Ethicon Endo-Surgery.

Roselinde holds an MS degree in human resource development from the American University/NTL Institute for Applied Behavioral Science. She has a BA with honors in English and Spanish from Middlebury College. 

TEDRoselinde Torres on what it takes to be a great leader. view

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