Martin Leahy

Martin Leahy

Department Faculty
  • Professor
    PhD Organizational Leadership - Online

  • The Chicago School Online
Organizational Leadership
The Chicago School of Professional Psychology (Online)
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Martin is a leadership and organization development consultant, working primarily with Fortune 500 companies over the last 30 years, whose specialties include: executive coaching for individuals and senior executive teams, action research/learning, teambuilding, participatory strategic planning, retreat design and facilitation, and application of Gestalt psychotherapy theory to organizational concerns.

He has taught qualitative research methods to PhD students in organization and management and supervised doctoral dissertation researchers since 2003. Prior to TCSPP, he worked full-time in a research methods department to support an Organization & Management PhD program. 

Dialogue (Buber, Rogers, Freire) is his area of practice, research, and writing. He takes a dialogical (relational) approach to organization and leadership development, teaching, and research methods.


Ph.D., Human & Organizational Systems, Fielding Graduate University

M.A., Human Development, Fielding Graduate University

B.A., Philosophy, University of New Orleans

Graduate of the three year, postgraduate training program in Gestalt psychotherapy, Gestalt Therapy Institute of Philadelphia,

Areas Of Expertise


Dialogue (Buber Rogers Freire) is: a philosophy for a way of living; the intellectual tradition that grounds his work in research, teaching, and organizational consulting; and a set of practices for daily life.  Dialogue invites a commitment to: meeting (Buber) other persons (Rogers); to reflect critically on our real life concerns in order to realize our ontological vocation to name the world (Freire).  Dialogue is the central act of philosophy; when true to its origins in ancient Greece, philosophy is seen not as the building of an abstract conceptual system but as a concrete act that is sustained by spiritual practices, e.g., being present, listening, and self-mastery (Hadot).

In his research work, dialogue represents both the research paradigm for and the subject of the research. The paradigm’s  commitment include: an ontology that acknowledges the relational nature of reality; an epistemology that includes relational ways of knowing; a methodology that pays particular attention to conversational and relational practices; and an axiology that sees the end of research as advancing human flourishing and the social good.

Professional Memberships

  • Association for the Advancement of Gestalt Therapy
  • International Leadership Association


  • (2012, August-November) Selected to participate in Nonviolent Action Institute for Church Reform: Changing Power Relationships. American Catholic Council. Participatory research project to change organizational leadership model. Concluding Conference, Washington, DC. 
  • Leahy, M. (2010, June ). Gestalt coaching. Presentation at the National Colloquium, Capella University, Arlington, VA. 
  • Leahy, M.J., & Magerman, M. (2005). The reach and responsibility of O D consultants. Presentation at the New York Institute of Gestalt Therapy. 
  • Leahy, M.J., & Magerman, M. (2005). Action research: A methodology for change in organizations. Presentation at the Annual conference, National Association of Social Work, Pennsylvania chapter. 
  • Gilly, M.S., Leahy, M.J., and Wyatt, D.B. (2005, January). Forms of knowledge in a community of inquiry. Paper presented at the Splendor of Knowledge Symposium, Fielding Graduate Institute, Santa Barbara, CA. 
  • Leahy, M.J. (2004, September). Leadership and management when the stakes are high. Three talks on leadership, Annual Conference of The National Catholic Development Conference, Orlando, FL. 
  • Leahy, M.J. (2003, July). Community of inquiry: Conversations between persons about ideas. Day long experiential presentation of dissertation research findings, The Fielding Graduate Institute Summer Session, Washington, D.C. 
  • Cavanaugh, P. E. & Leahy, M.J. (2001). Being consultative. Federal Occupational Health National Conference, St. Augustine, FL. Keynote Presentation: Being Consultative 
  • Leahy, M. J. & Fisher-Yoshida, B. (2000). Society for Research in Adult Development, Annual Symposium, New York, NY. Presentation: Teambuilding in a Multicultural Pharmaceutical Company.


  • Magerman, M., & Leahy, M. (Eds.). (2009). The lone ranger is dying: Gestalt coaching as challenge and support. [Special issue on coaching]. International Gestalt Journal, 32(1). 
  • Leahy, M., & Magerman, M. (2009). Awareness, immediacy, and intimacy: The experience of coaching as heard in the voices of Gestalt coaches and their clients. The International Gestalt Journal, 32(1), 81-144. 
  • Leahy, M. & Gilly, S. (2009). Learning in the space between us. In J. L. Kincheloe & S. Steinberg (Series Eds.) & B. Fisher-Yoshida, K. Geller, K., & S. Schapiro (Vol. Eds.), Innovations in transformative learning: Space, culture, and the arts. Volume 341. Studies in the postmodern theory of education. New York: Peter Lang.

Community Involvement

Board, Gestalt Therapy Institute of Philadelphia

Board, Ametican Catholic Council

Recent pro bono clients include: The Leadership Council on Civil Rights; Educational Testing Company (ETS); Berkeley Law School's Chief Justice Earl Warren Institute for Race, Ethnicity, and Diversity; Education Law Center; National Center on Time & Learning; Committee for Hispanic Children and Families; Gestalt Therapy Institute of Philadelphia; and The American Catholic Council.