Brigadier General Bernard Banks, Ph.D.
(USA, Retired, USMA 1987)

Leader development, organizational change, organizational culture

Bernard (Bernie) Banks is a noted expert on the subjects of leadership and organizational change.  Currently, he is the Associate Dean for Leadership Development and a Clinical Professor of Management at Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management. As an Associate Dean, Bernie possesses responsibility for leader development integration across the school’s global portfolio of programs.  

Bernie retired from the Army as a Brigadier General in 2016 after having successfully led West Point’s Department of Behavioral Sciences & Leadership from 2012-2016.  In addition to having studied leadership extensively, he has led multiple military units ranging in size from 10 to 500 people.  In 1995, Bernie was selected from over 40,000 officers to receive the Army's top award for entry-level managers (General Douglas MacArthur Leadership Award).  In 2006, the Apache Helicopter unit he was leading in South Korea was designated as the top Apache Helicopter unit globally in the U.S. Army’s annual best aviation unit competition.  

Scholarly Work/Publications/Awards
Bernie’s work has been published in a variety of outlets (e.g., Harvard Business Review, Military Psychology, New York Times). Furthermore, he has worked extensively with organizations across all sectors concerning their leader development efforts (e.g., Procter and Gamble, Mercedes Benz, General Electric, IBM, 7-Eleven, The US Forest Service, International Chiefs of Police).

PhD, Social-Organizational Psychology, Columbia University, New York, NY
MPhil, Social-Organizational Psychology, Columbia University, New York, NY
MBA, General Management, Northwestern University, Evanston, IL
MPA, Leadership, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA
BS, United States Military Academy, West Point, NY

The Chicago Club
Harvard Club of NYC
Community Solutions of NYC
USO of Illinois
West Point Society of Chicago