Richard Marcus Ph.D.

Business Psychologist & Executive Coach

As executives move up the ladder, new challenges are faced in business, and in life, and everyone needs a little guidance from time to time. Richard Marcus Ph.D. creates personalized executive coaching programs for individuals and companies looking to help their senior leaders and rising stars take stock and maximize strengths and address any competency areas needing development.

“My goal is to see people thrive and grow – and help someone become a better version of their work-related self,” Richard Marcus, Ph.D.


Richard is an Executive Coach for the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School MBA Program and several of its advanced certificate programs, a role he has proudly served for 8 years. He holds a Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from the University of Pennsylvania and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Case Western Reserve University.

During in-person or virtual executive coaching sessions, Richard acts as a trusted advisor and sounding board, sharing his 30+ years of experience as a business psychologist and previously as a clinical psychologist to help:

increase self-awareness,

identify potential blind spots,

deepen emotional intelligence,

hone interpersonal and management skills,

create actionable plans to take steps toward goals,

develop effective and sustainable new habits,

and cultivate resilience in times of stress.

Richard Marcus Ph.D.

Coaching industries of focus:

  • Closely held family businesses
  • Fortune 1000 companies
  • Healthcare systems
  • Medium to large non-profits
  • Private equity-owned businesses

Often executives find themselves at a crucial juncture in their career and Richard helps his coaching clients navigate those career changes, by creating an individually tailored program laying out clear objectives and action steps.


A course direction change of just a couple of degrees can make a big difference long term.

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How It Works:

  1. Through Richard’s research-based academic approach, he helps his coaching clients analyze where they stand and how they can better deal with those personal issues that underlie any real change and growth that they might need to pursue.
  2. Richard translates those required behavior changes into business competencies that are the bedrock of professional development in today’s business world.
  3. Once clear objectives are identified, Richard supports his coaching clients as they create individual development plans with supporting action steps.
  4. Richard uses his psychology background to help his coaching clients increase self-awareness, deal with conflict more effectively, and improve their communication skills, all of which are necessary for leaders and managers as they grow and evolve.

Why it Works:

Richard’s executive coaching is successful because it follows a natural maturational view of development. It imitates how people learn, i.e., It focuses on a process over time rather than on one-time learning events. It also allows his coaching clients to pursue highly personal, individually tailored programs with clear objectives and action steps that lead to greater job effectiveness.

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Executive Coaching Clients

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