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James Hunter

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Degree Certifications:

B.A. (University of Toronto), MPhil. (University of Oxford), Graduate Diploma in Management (Leadership) (McGill University)

Academic Unit

Career and Professional Development


James Beatty Hunter is a consultant in leadership development, working with individuals and corporations to advance their leadership learning needs and goals.

He began his career in media and communications, working in the 1990s in New York and Toronto in the television and film industries as a production advisor, creative analyst, story editor and writer. After a brief period living abroad teaching, in 2001 he shifted over to workgroup supervision, project management and business development in the telecommunications industry. Seeing the need for greater awareness of leadership issues within middle-management, and understanding already the overarching influence of narrative within corporate culture and individuals’ own stories, he began specializing in leadership studies and leadership development shortly thereafter, with emphases on building self-awareness, self-leadership, creativity, and effective and supportive communication. He is a co-founder and partner in TRT Universal, a management consultancy firm specializing in leadership development for individuals and organizations. He is also an associate of Robert Saggers & Associates. He has worked in leadership development and management consultancy in the real estate, telecommunications, civil aviation, and education industries. He is certified to administer the Myers-Briggs Type Inventory (Step I & II) and is currently working towards his certification in co-active coaching with The Coaches Institute of San Rafael, California. He teaches the graduate level course “Leadership Theory and Practice” for the School of Continuing Studies.

His ongoing research interests include the development of leadership capabilities within and for transitional periods, and how narrative can help with the effective development of personal and corporate identity and its place in fostering leadership. He is also fascinated in how both cognitive and behavioral approaches to understanding psychology together lead to dynamic leadership development.

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