Over the past 25 years, Brad has built a following of managers and popularized the concept of thoroughly supporting the people you manage.

The principles he teaches are built on trust, transparency, and sound behavioral science.

He’s popularized this approach and built a training site at bradhildreth.com to provide new skills and abilities to employees, managers, and executives, so they can reach their highest potential.

"Support the people you manage"
- Brad Hildreth 
At age 22 Brad was fresh off his Electrical Engineering degree from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) and working during the day. He enrolled at Johns Hopkins University to get an MBA at night, a popular road to career advancement. One of his early electives was Group Development, a class that looked behind the scenes at team members’ needs and motivations. Made up of a variety men and women at different points in their careers, the class represented a good cross section of the workforce.

One fateful evening, the class was divided into tables of eight students each to work on a task. After a while, the teacher came to his table and stopped the action, asking each team member what they were doing. Brad learned that two of the people on the team were sabotaging the effort because they didn’t like the way it was set up! 

It was an amazing revelation and made a huge impression on Brad.

He was so impressed with the class that he changed his major and pursued a Masters in Applied Behavioral Science. That new world rang true to him, a world of organizational design, reward systems, linguistics, and process. Here was a world he loved, a world that held immense interest. As Robert Frost would say, it was a road less travelled, and it made all the difference.

Group Dynamics

Applied Behavioral Science
Brad has worked a series of progressively more challenging jobs throughout his career, from individual contributor to program manager, to manager, to industry analyst, and to C-suite executive. His methods of managing people have led to tremendous success, both for the people he served as manager and for the organization. 

Brad earned a BS in Electrical Engineering from Rensselaer and an MS in Applied Behavioral Science from Johns Hopkins University, the latter while working full time. He was a Johns Hopkins Fellow in Organizational and Community Systems and he's completed leadership and executive training at Harvard.

He’s quick to share that he’s been very fortunate to have some great mentors along the way, both before his career started and during his work life.

Brad’s passion remains helping people to succeed, no matter where they are in their careers.
One of Brad's long-time desires is to help managers seamlessly lead the people they support. His Facebook group For Managers Only is a free community for managers and prospective managers to exchange ideas and provide mutual support. It is one of the fastest growing groups on Facebook, at the time of this writing doubling in size every quarter. 

Brad is a management instructor. His 8-week training course Managing With A Purpose is for managers looking to succeed as a leader, whether it's attracting & retaining talent, reducing conflict, or being highly effective without burning out. The program combines both online training and video conferencing to make learning easy and effective, while keeping enrollment costs down.
Brad and his wife Maria are highly involved with autism charities, donating both time and effort. Autism affects 1 in 59 children, and hits close to home. They donate Saturday sunset cruises aboard their sailboat for fundraising events. Brad got his U.S. Coast Guard Captain's License to support these efforts. Together they have completed over 50 cruises to date. 
Brad is a family man, married to the love of his life, Maria Hildreth. They have four children and live in the suburbs. 
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