Dennis Taylor

Dennis Taylor

Director, Head of Assessment (Americas)

Denny has nearly 30 years of experience working in start-ups, consulting and corporate roles in US-based and multi-national companies. His client work has crossed multiple sectors including financial services, life sciences, energy, tech, CPG, hospitality and Private Equity. From his roots in corporate HR and learning & development, his consulting career has emphasized leadership development using data-based insights to achieve both individual and organizational change.

Denny’s advisory work focuses on senior executives and the C-suite in programs relating to CEO and CXO succession, selection and assessment, helping newly promoted executives to transition and accelerate their learning curves, and top team dynamics. He serves on the North America Leadership Team and Heads the Assessment practice for the region. He has been coaching for over 15 years.

Leaders often get stuck in familiar patterns or are reluctant to adapt their past ‘recipes of success’. Denny reconnects people with what drives them and sets them apart. He gets leaders to re-envision their journey to bring renewed perspective, confidence and energy. He does this by creating a climate of trust and candor through deep listening and asking provocative questions.

He published a series of articles on Forefront Magazine’s finance blog relating to leadership excellence and essentials as a CFO. Within YSC, he runs a monthly peer-learning community on assessing leaders.

Managing a business, leading people, and serving on the Board of volunteer organizations have served to enhance his leadership skills and understanding of the unique challenges of today’s executives.

Denny earned his MA in Organizational Psychology  from Columbia University. He holds: a certification in professional coaching from the College of Executive Coaching and is an International Coach Federation (ICF) accredited coach. He is formally trained in a variety of psychometric and personality instruments including Hogan Assessments and the Global Mindset Inventory assessment which measures and predicts global leadership.

Denny lives in Connecticut with his wife, two teenage sons and a Vizsla named Tucker. He is continually humbled by the experience of raising teenagers. He enjoys cooking, hiking and reading.

Client Testimonials

“I have been analyzed and coached over my 30-year career until I felt blue in the face, and for me, my partnership with Dennis was by far one of the most constructive and powerful that I have experienced for my leadership.” Senior Executive, Pharmaceutical Industry

“Thank you for many deep and intense insights and much to work with, Dennis. Your style was very real and straightforward; and brought me an amazing jolt of energy.” Senior Executive, Pharmaceutical Industry

“My work with Dennis has changed how I see myself and has made a huge difference and impact in my broader leadership outside of the function. I valued his authenticity, professionalism and wry sense of humor.” Senior Executive, Corporate Functions, Energy Sector