Tara Swart

Senior Lecturer


Tara Swart Tara Swart is an executive leadership coach, medical doctor, neuroscientist and frequent keynote speaker. She is passionate about disseminating simple, pragmatic neuroscience-based messages that change the way people work and sustainably translate to tangible improvement in their business and their lives.

Swart has authored or co-authored over 20 articles in journals of neuroscience and coaching. She speaks globally on the brain in business at international conferences, corporations and at top business schools including Oxford, Stanford and MIT.

She holds a BsC in Biomedical Science and PhD in Neuropharmacology from Kings College London, and a BM BcH in Medicine from Oxford University.

Faculty Media

  • The 5 Bad Brain Habits You Need to Change

    While certain practices seem productive in theory, they’re more likely to hamper your brain function rather than boost it. Here are 5 of those common habits, and what you can do instead to boost...

  • How to Spot a Successful Team

    Dr. Tara Swart explains in this Forbes article how to use the Organizational Plasticity Index to rate and reboot your work relationships.

  • Why Business Is Like the Brain

    This article is the first in what will be a series of posts by Dr. Tara Swart for Forbes about Organizational Plasticity and Epi-Cultures. Plasticity in organizational terms, and based on cognitive...

  • [Innovation@Work Blog] Overcoming Discord Means Getting Beyond Survival Instincts

    Tara Swart has a theory about how some of our basic survival instincts have resulted in this widespread political rancor—and how to get beyond it.

  • [Innovation@Work Blog] How to Beat the Winter Blues: Tips from Neuroscience

    Tara Swart, neuroscientist, leadership coach, medical doctor and executive advisor, says that seasonal affective disorder is thought to be caused by the way our bodies respond to daylight.

  • [Innovation@Work Blog] The Leadership Skill You're Neglecting? Sleep.

    Research into how the brain works, and under what conditions the brain works best, points to these "I don't need sleep" habits as being counterproductive.

  • [Innovation@Work Blog] Books by MIT Sloan Executive Education Faculty

    MIT Sloan's world-renowned faculty are experts in a vast number of subjects. Catch up on their latest research and breakthrough concepts in these books, authored or edited by the faculty themselves.

  • [Innovation@Work Blog] Stress: It's a Mind-Body Connection That Affects Us All

    No matter what we do in life, we all deal with some level of stress. As an executive leadership coach, medical doctor, neuroscientist, frequent keynote speaker and MIT Sloan Senior lecturer, Tara...

  • [Innovation@Work Blog] How Exercise and Diet Impact Your Brain Health

    Most executives would agree that they could benefit from a sharper, more agile mind, but how realistic is that goal? MIT Sloan's Tara Swart advises.

  • This Is What Your Overactive Brain Needs To Get A Good Night’s Sleep

    Hint: Don’t Netflix and chill.


Contact Information

Email: Swart@mit.edu
Website: http://www.taraswart.com/
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Are Leaders Born or Made?
Dr. Tara Swart is at the forefront of the application of neuroscience in business. In this podcast, she discusses the importance of neuroscience in business today, how it can benefit companies, and its application in developing the current and next generation of leaders.