Gerald A. Kraines

Gerald A. Kraines


Gerald A. Kraines, M.D. (Gerry) is chairman and chief executive officer of Levinson and Co., The Levinson Institute, and SONARIO®. He is also a faculty member of the Harvard Medical School. Since 1991, Dr. Kraines has dedicated the Institute to continue the mission of founder, Dr. Harry Levinson to develop and communicate in-depth knowledge about people and human systems in order to enhance the effectiveness of all business organizations. He has successfully integrated the seminal works of Dr. Levinson about the psychological aspects of leadership with those of Dr. Elliott Jaques on the subject of organizational leadership systems. Dr. Kraines is firmly committed to building effective organizations and healthy work environments based on a sound, in-depth understanding of human motivation and work systems. He has written extensively on diverse subjects including brain chemistry, mental health administration, stress in the workplace, the use of organization to improve mental health, and the role of hierarchy in creating highly adaptive and accountable work systems. His groundbreaking book, Accountability Leadership, published in August 2001 is the industry standard on the subject. As a result, Dr. Kraines is frequently featured and quoted on managerial issues focusing on bringing both scientific knowledge and common sense back to the workplace. He regularly lectures on leadership development; managing organizational change; on developing tough, but fair work cultures; on approaches to highly productive and accountable teams; and on those principles essential for achieving fully integrated, managerial leadership systems. Born in Chicago, Dr. Kraines received an undergraduate degree from Oberlin College in organic chemistry, a medical degree from Case Western Reserve, and a psychiatric fellowship and a postgraduate degree in community psychiatry from the Harvard Medical School. He has undertaken several public health projects in the United States, including two years in the U.S. Public Health Service and five years as medical director of a mental health center. Dr. Kraines was elected president of his hospital’s medical staff and to the executive committee of the New Hampshire Psychiatric Society. He served an appointment on the Governor’s Council for Alcohol and Drug Abuse Prevention in New Hampshire. In 1990, he founded New Hampshire’s first mental health HMO—an innovative joint venture between industry leaders and public and private mental health sectors. Prior to becoming president and CEO of Levinson & Co., Dr. Kraines practiced clinical psychiatry for over 15 years.

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Accountability Leadership

What comes to mind when you hear the word “accountability”? If it is something along the lines of “who gets the blame,” “being called…