George A. Kohlrieser is an American-born clinical and organizational psychologist, author, speaker and consultant. He is Professor of Leadership and Organizational Behavior at the International Institute for Management Development (IMD) business school based in Lausanne Switzerland and the author of the award-winning book Hostage at the Table: How Leaders Can Overcome Conflict, Influence Others and Raise Performance (2006) and co-author of Care to Dare: Unleashing Astonishing Performance through Secure Base Leadership (2012).He is also known for his use of the hostage metaphor in business and leadership development.
Kohlrieser was born on 26 November 1944 in Wapakoneta, Ohio. He entered a Catholic seminary at the age of 13 where he remained for eight years. He received a BA degree in Psychology and Philosophy from the University of Dayton, Dayton, Ohio and a doctorate from Ohio State University in 1988, where he wrote his dissertation on the cardiovascular recovery of law enforcement officers following high-stress situations. From 1968 to 1992 he was Director of the Shiloah Center for Human Growth in Dayton, Ohio, specializing in individual, group and family therapy. In the same period he worked as a hostage negotiator and police psychologist for the Dayton Police Department and the Montgomery Sheriffâs Department. He also directed the police stress management and fitness for duty programs for the Dayton Police Department. From 1979 to 1989 he presented a call-in talk radio show âMatters of the Mindâ on WAVI, WING and WHIO radio stations in Ohio.
- 1944-11-26) November 26, 1944 (age 69), Wapakoneta, Ohio, United States
- Psychologist, Author, Speaker, Consultant
- Alma mater
- University of Dayton, Ohio State University