World's Top 30 Leadership Professionals for 2019


The Leadership Category would like to acknowledge Marshall Goldsmith as our First Corps d’Elite Member for his Outstanding and selfless contributions to best leadership practices and achievements

Guru #1

John C. Maxwell

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John C. Maxwell is an internationally recognized as the best leadership speaker, trainer and author who has written over 70 books and sold more than 19 million copies. He has been the consistent number one Leadership Guru on the Global Gurus sites for 6 years now. John Maxwell and his ideas are making a global impact through his Train the Trainer, licensed trainers, and internet based programs, The man was recognized as best-selling author in New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and Business Week and is also a Hall of Famer of Amazon.com. Although not all of the ideas of John Maxwell are really unique, his brilliant way of storytelling and orating as well as his uncanny ability makes complicated ideas easy to understand. He is a global top leadership guru because he thoroughly researches proven concepts and creates structures and narratives that support Leadership Development. As a speaker, he is structured, deliberate and inspirational reason why John Maxwell is well known internationally.

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Guru #2

Anthony Robbins

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The removal of Tony Robbins from this category last year was because of our decision to place him in the #1 spot for the Personal Development Gurus but his followers keep on voting for him in the leadership category. Although his focus is not officially leadership, his strategies and methods support and develop leadership across the board making us change our initial decision and provide him his well-deserved title as one of the best leadership speakers in the world. He has taken Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP) to new heights and created a number of models used by leadership and sales trainers across the world today, Tony Robins is truly a pioneer in the area of Training and leadership development, and a large number of leaders of industry have at least attended a Tony Robins seminar. He is well known international speaker famous for being the most dynamic, energetic and inspirational of all the leadership gurus.

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Guru #3

Adrian Gostick

Bestselling Leadership Author | Organizational Culture Expert 

How do today’s best leaders accelerate business results? By engaging their employees to execute on strategy, vision, and values. In his challenging, information-packed talks, #1 bestselling leadership author Adrian Gostick provides real solutions on managing change, driving innovation, and leading a multi-generational workforce. Gostick is a global workplace expert and thought leader in the fields of corporate culture, leadership, and engagement. He is founder of the training and consulting company The Culture Works and author of the #1 New York Times, USA Today and Wall Street Journal bestsellers All In and The Carrot Principle. His books have been translated into 30 languages and have sold 1.5 million copies around the world. As a leadership expert, he has been called “fascinating,” by Fortune magazine and “creative and refreshing” by the New York Times. Gostick has appeared on NBC’s Today Show and CNN, and is often quoted in The Economist, Newsweek, and Wall Street Journal. If you Google the 30 Top Leadership Gurus, he is on the list along side Jack Welch and Jim Collins. His consulting clients include Danaher, Bank of America, Rolls Royce, JELD-WEN and California Pizza Kitchen.

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Guru #4

Simon Sinek

Simon Sinek is an unshakable optimist. He believes in a bright future and our ability to build it together. Described as “a visionary thinker with a rare intellect,” Sinek teaches leaders and organizations how to inspire people. With a bold goal to help build a world in which the vast majority of people go home everyday feeling fulfilled by their work, Sinek is leading a movement to inspire people to do the things that inspire them. Sinek is the author of three best selling books: – The global best seller, “Start With Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action”, The New York Times and Wall Street Journal best seller, “Leaders Eat Last: Why Some Teams Pull Together and Others Don’t”. And his latest book, just launched September 2016, is the New York Times best seller, “Together is Better: A Little Book of Inspiration”. Simon has four more books pending, including “Find Your Why: A Practical Guide to Discovering Purpose for You and Your Team”, coming out late 2017. A trained ethnographer, Sinek is fascinated by the leaders and companies that make the greatest impact in their organizations and in the world, those with the capacity to inspire, he has discovered some remarkable patterns about how they think, act and communicate and the environments in which people operate at their natural best. He has devoted his life to sharing his thinking in order to help other leaders and organizations inspire action.

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Guru #5

Mark Sanborn

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Mark Sanborn is an international bestselling author and noted for helping leaders at every level turn the ordinary into the extraordinary. Mark is the author of eight books, including his latest book, The Potential Principle. As a leadership guru, he has been on this list for a few years and keeps getting votes but Mark Sanborn is more than just a guy people voted for. His unique ideas and leadership talks have supported the development of greater leaders and even better people. The Fred Factor: How Passion In Your Work and Life Can Turn the Ordinary Into the Extraordinary sold more than 2 million copies internationally has added to his impact on the leadership sphere. Mark Sanborn is an inspirational speaker with a powerful and steady voice that commands respect. Historically he has spoken primarily in North America but has been doing more work in the Middle East.

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Guru #6

Robin Sharma

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Robin Sharma is consistently voted in the top 10 of the best leadership speakers and trainers. He is superlatively effective in creating lessons from stories. His NY Times bestselling book The Monk who Sold his Ferrari set a new standard in combining personal development with leadership and taking readers on a mythical journey. While ideas of Robin Sharma are not new, he surely is the best at using bite sized leadership strategies to effect better leadership in his audiences. His mantra is that everyone, regardless of title, must be a leader in the new economy. They should take up challenges of personal excellence and do what is required. As a speaker, he is dynamic and structured. Robin Sharma is well known in North America, India, and Europe.

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Guru #7

Liz Wiseman

Liz Wiseman is a researcher and executive advisor who teaches leadership to executives around the world. She is the author of New York Times bestseller Multipliers: How the Best Leaders Make Everyone Smarter, The Multiplier Effect: Tapping the Genius Inside Our Schools, and Wall Street Journal bestseller Rookie Smarts: Why Learning Beats Knowing in the New Game of Work.

She is the CEO of the Wiseman Group, a leadership research and development firm headquartered in Silicon Valley, California. Some of her recent clients include: Apple, AT&T, Disney, Facebook, Google, Microsoft, Nike, Salesforce, Tesla, and Twitter. Liz has been listed on the Thinkers50 ranking and named one of the top 10 leadership thinkers in the world.

She has conducted significant research in the field of leadership and collective intelligence and writes for Harvard Business Review, Fortune, and a variety of other business and leadership journals. A former executive at Oracle Corporation, she worked over the course of 17 years as the Vice President of Oracle University and as the global leader for Human Resource Development.

She is a frequent guest lecturer at BYU and Stanford University. Liz holds a Bachelors degree in Business Management and a Masters of Organizational Behavior from Brigham Young University.

 

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Guru #8

Arthur Carmazzi

Arthur Carmazzi has made his biggest impact with his Directive Communication Psychology, a group dynamics discipline used in rapid organizational culture change and leadership development. His research and contributions to the leadership development community got full marks for uniqueness including his Environmental (Culture Based) Leadership model, his Colored Brain Communication model and various psychology based leadership development tools. The models and tools of Arthur combined into the Directive Communication system that has literally transformed thousands of companies through his licensed trainers, culture change consultants and personal involvement. Arthur has written seven books, two of which are international bestsellers and are available in most Asian Languages. The foundational philosophy of Arthur Carmazzi is that there is no one leadership model that fits everyone and by understanding how we affect and are affected by others in multiple environments, we can make small modifications to create our own personal leadership identity model to have a bigger more sustainable impact. As a speaker he is dynamic, energetic and inspirational.
Arthur Carmazzi has been published and cited in multiple scientific and neuroscience publications, the Huffington Post, Forbes, Fast Company, The Leaders, and more. He explains his leadership ideas through infographics which can be downloaded free at www.carmazzi.net
 Arthur Carmazzi is well known in Asia and the Middle East.

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Guru #9

John Baldoni

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John Baldoni is an internationally recognized leadership educator, executive coach and speaks throughout North America and Europe. John is the author of 14 books, including GRACE: A Leader’s Guide to a Better Us, MOXIE: The Secret to Bold and Gutsy Leadership, Lead with Purpose, Lead Your Boss, and The Leader’s Pocket Guide. John’s books have been translated into 10 languages.

In 2018 Inc.com named John a Top 100 speaker. Also in 2018, Trust Across America honored John with its Lifetime Achievement Award for Trust. And in 2019 Global Gurus named him a Top 30 global leadership expert, a list John been on since 2007.In 2014 Inc.com listed John as a Top 50 leadership expert.

John has authored more than 700 leadership columns for a variety of online publications including Forbes,Harvard Business Reviewand Bloomberg Businessweek. John also produces and appears in a video coaching series for SmartBrief, a news channel with over 4 million opt-in subscribers. John’s leadership resource website is www.johnbaldoni.com

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Guru #10

John Mattone

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John Mattone is the world’s top authority on Intelligent Leadership and the creator of the Intelligent Leadership Executive Coaching Process and Certification (ICF accredited). John Mattone is globally respected as a uniquely distinguished authority who can ignite and strengthen a leaders inner-self and talents, which enables them to realize four “game-changing” outcomes that they can leverage in their business and life: altruism, affiliation, achievement, and abundance (The 4 A’s). The 4 A’s are the seeds to achieving sustained greatness and creating a lasting legacy.

John Mattone is a powerfully engaging, internationally-acclaimed keynote speaker and top-ranked executive coach. John is the former executive coach to the late Steve Jobs and the former legendary CEO of PepsiCo, Roger Enrico. John Mattone is now one of the most in-demand C-level coaches in the world.

Whether John is keynoting an event, conducting a retreat, or coaching an executive, he has earned a global reputation for possessing a special ability that unlocks and unleashes greatness in leaders at all levels. Since 2015, the research organization, Globalgurus.org, has ranked John Mattone as one of the world’s top leadership authorities and speakers. In 2015, John Mattone’s Intelligent Leadership was named as one of the three Top Advanced Leadership Development Programs that Change Lives.

Recently, John was honored by his executive coaching peers (The Association of Corporate Executive Coaches), with the prestigious 2015 International Executive Coach Thought Leader of Distinction Award, in recognition of his thought leadership and his work as a global executive coach. John is one of nine executive coaches in the world who have been awarded the coveted Master Corporate Executive Coach (MCEC) certification from the Association of Corporate Executive Coaches.

John is the author of eight books, including Talent Leadership, Intelligent Leadership and Cultural Transformations (all Best-Sellers).

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Guru #11

Chester Elton

#1 Bestselling Business Author, Organizational Culture, Employee Engagement and Leadership Expert

One of today’s most influential voices in workplace trends, Chester Elton has spent two decades helping clients engage their employees to execute on strategy, vision, and values. In his provocative, inspiring and always entertaining talks, #1 bestselling leadership author Chester Elton provides real solutions to leaders looking to manage change, drive innovation, and lead a multi-generational workforce. Elton’s work is supported by research with more than 850,000 working adults, revealing the proven secrets behind high-performance cultures and teams. He has been called the “apostle of appreciation” by Canada’sGlobe and Mail, “creative and refreshing‚” by the New York Times, and a “must read for modern managers” by CNN   Elton is co-author of the New York Timesand #1 USA Today and Wall Street Journal bestselling leadership books, All In, The Carrot Principle and The Best Team Wins.His books have been translated in more than 30 languages and have sold more than 1.5 million copies worldwide. Eltonis often quoted in publications such as the Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Fast Company and theNew York Times.He has appeared on NBC’s Today, CNN, ABC, MSNBC, National Public Radio and CBS’s 60 Minutes. In 2017 Global Gurus research organization ranked him as #15 in the world’s top leadership experts and #10 in the world’s top organizational culture experts. Eltonis the co-founder of The Culture Works, a global training company and is a board member of Camp Corral, a non-profit for the children of wounded and fallen military heroes.He serves as aleadership consultant to firms such as American Express, AT&T, Avis Budget Group andProcter & Gamble. He is most proud, however, to be the father of four exceptional children-more exceptional now they’ve grown up and left home.

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Guru #12

Ken Blanchard

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Ken Blanchard has always been the top leadership speaker, trainer, guru with a heart as seen in his works throughout his career which encourages in bringing out the best in people. And as an internationally renowned leadership author, speaker and consultant, he has made a huge impact to the world of leadership and as well as the lives of those people who have never even read his books. In our opinion, Ken Blanchard is one of the few people who simplify unique concepts in leadership and makes it easy to apply. Aside from having bestselling books which includes The One Minute Manager, coauthored with Spencer Johnson with sales of more than 18 million copies in more than 25 languages, Ken co-created the Situational Leadership® II model and is out to make a difference in the lives of other people. Everything about his leadership books, training and speaking reflects one commonality, he believes in the natural goodness of people and that bringing that goodness out creates greater relationships and emotions which in turn create better organizations. As a speaker, he is warm and steady. Ken Blanchard is well known internationally and is also listed as a Top Management Expert on www.managementgurus.net

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Guru #13

Dr. Lance Secretan

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Dr. Lance Secretan is a pioneering philosopher and corporate advisor whose bestselling books, inspirational talks, and life-changing retreats have touched the hearts and minds of hundreds of thousands of people worldwide. He is the author of 21 books about leadership, inspiration, corporate culture and entrepreneurship as well as an award-winning memoir, A Love Story. His latest book is The Bellwether Effect. Lance is a riveting speaker and is acknowledged globally as one of our most insightful and original leadership teachers. He is the former CEO of a Fortune 100 company, university professor, award-winning columnist, poet, author and outdoor athlete. He coaches and advises leaders globally (he is ranked among both The Top 30 Most Influential Executive Coaches and The Top 30 Most Influential Leadership Experts globally), and guides leadership teams who wish to transform their culture into the most inspirational in their industries.

Individuals, entire organizations, cities and states have experienced remarkable transformations through his unique mentoring, coaching, wisdom and approach. He has helped 6 companies to be named to Fortune’s Best Companies to Work For in America list, and 8 others are also his clients, and 30 Secretan Center clients are on Fortune’s Most Admired Companies list. Speakers in America ranks him among the Top Five Leadership speakers and his firm, The Secretan Center, Inc., is ranked #1 in the world as an international Leadership Consulting firm by Leadership Excellence.

Dr. Secretan is the recipient of many other awards, including the International Caring Award, whose previous winners include, Pope Francis, the Dalai Lama, President Jimmy Carter and Dr. Desmond Tutu. He is a forum Chair at MacKay CEO Forums, current Chair of the Pay it Forward Foundation, and former Chair of the Advisory Board of the Special Olympics World Winter Games. He is an expert skier, kayaker and mountain biker, and he divides his time between Ontario, Canada and the Colorado Rockies.

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Guru #14

James Collins

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James Collins is a business consultant, author, and speaker on leadership and company sustainability and growth. His bestsellers include Built to Last which is coauthored by Jerry Porass, Good to Great and the most recent is Great by Choice. Built to Last was a fixture on the Business Week best-seller list for more than six years, and has been translated into 25 languages. Jim Collins talent and guru factor come from his ability to research and put that research data into an easy to understand format… his contributions to leaders around the world has been help them sustain superior success. His uniqueness is not from the content he creates but in his approach to gathering valuable information. He is a fact based speaker and uses that to inspire audiences to taking the required steps to creating and sustaining great organizations. Jim Collins is mostly known in North America but his books are internationally known and revered.

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Guru #15

Jason Jennings

With eight bestselling booksin 34 languages to his credit, Jason Jennings is one of the most successful and prolific business authors in the world.

Research and Books

Jennings traveled the globe in search of the world’s fastest companies for his 2001 landmark debut book, It’s Not The Big That Eat The Small – It’s The Fast That Eat The Slow,and, within days of its release, it hit the Wall Street Journal, USA Today and New York Times Bestsellers Lists, and USA TODAY named it one of the top 25 books of the year.

Next, he and his research teams identified the world’s ten most productive companies for the bestseller, Less Is More. That was followed by, Think BIG – Act Small, which profiled the only ten companies in the US to have organically grown both revenues and profits by double-digits every year for ten consecutive years.   His next book, Hit the Ground Running – A Manualfor Leaders, reveals the tactics and strategies of the ten new CEO’s who created the greatest amount of value during their first five years on the job. His New York Time’s bestseller, The Reinventors – How Extraordinary Companies Pursue Radical Continuous Change, reveals the secrets of those leaders and organizations that have successfully reinvented and transformed themselves. His latest book for his publisher Penguin Random House is, The High-Speed Company – Creating Urgency and Growth in a Nanosecond Culture.

Along the way, Jason joined forces with well-known cardiologist Dr. John Kennedy and coauthored the health, mind and body bestseller, The 15 Minute Heart Cure –The Natural Way to Release Stress and Heal Your Heart in Fifteen minutes a Day.

His booksare consistently described by critics as, “extraordinarily well researched, insightful, crisply written, accessible, intriguing and a vital resource for everyone in business.”

Speaking and Teaching

USA TODAY has called Jason one of the three most in-demand business speakers in the world and, since the release of his first book, he’s delivered more than1,200 motivating and inspirational keynote speeches and seminars in more than 100 countries, and has consistently and positively influenced, impacted and changed lives, careers and companies.

In the speaking and teaching world, Jennings is well-known for the exhaustive research that goes into customizing every speech or workshop – small or large – that he delivers. Before taking the stage, he’s pouredover every bit of information available about the company, will have spent time interviewing the CEO or business owner and conductedanother dozen telephone interviews with other leaders within the firm.

His Career

Jason grew up in Michigan, where at age thirteen, he landed his first job as a radio disc-jockey and eventually atelevision reporter while attending high school and college. At age 21 he became the youngest radio station group-owner in the nation. Later, he founded Jennings-McGlothlin & Company, a consulting firm that became the world’s largest media consultancy whose legendary programming and sales strategies are credited with revolutionizing many parts of the broadcasting industry.As a consultant, Jennings traveled the world working with and teaching the leadership teams of companies in New Zealand, Australia, China, Singapore, Hong Kong, Europe, the US and Canada while flying more than 10 million miles.

In May of 2017, in front of an audience of more than 10,000 people, Jason delivered the commencement address at his alma mater, Northern Michigan University, and was awarded an Honorary Doctorate in Business degree.

Jason’s a fitness fanatic, is always studying a new language (English, French, German and Spanish) an avid adventure traveler with the stamps of more than 100 countries in his passport and he’s as comfortable working in Australasia, Europe, Asia, the Middle East and South and Central America as he is in the U.S. He plays his Viola whenever there’s a spare moment and, when not traveling, you’ll find he and his family enjoying life in the quaint San Francisco bayside village of Tiburon, California.

In 2017, Fritz Erickson, the president of NMU, was introducing Jason at a reception the night before his commencement address, and said, “I’ve told you about Jason’s accomplishments, but I want to add one more thing,” concluding, “I’ve spoken to many people about Jason and the one word that’s always used to describe him is that he’s a nice man.”

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Guru #16

Tom Peters

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Tom Peters is certainly one of the best leadership thought leaders and speakers in the world and has been for longer than may of our new Top Leadership speakers/trainers on this list. He became world famous when he wrote his best-known book In Search of Excellence with Robert Waterman. The book was written, at a time when the competitiveness of America was being threatened by Japan and demonstrated that there were still many excellent American companies. On the Management arena, they call him the Red Bull of management thinkers. Tom encourages leaders to strive more for excellence despite the trying and tough times. He is also the chairman of the Tom Peters Company. While his popularity as dwindled and Tom Peters mostly focuses on management these days, he still has an impact on leadership development through his foundational ideas and is still a sought after Leadership Speaker. As a speaker is structured and steady and while his book is internationally recognized, Tom Peters is mostly known in North America.

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Guru #17

David Nour

David Nour – CEO, The Nour Group, Inc.
Relationship Economics® Expert, Senior Leadership / Board Advisor, International Speaker and Best-Selling AuthorDavid Nour brings a disciplined approach to the often-fuzzy subject of the value of strategic business relationships. He originated the practice of Relationship Economics®, the concept of the quantifiable value of business relationships. Through his best-selling books, compelling speeches and valuable consulting, Nour demonstrates how relationships are the greatest off-balance-sheet asset any organization possesses, large or small, public or private. Nour’s new 2017 book, CO-CREATE (St. Martin’s Press), illustrates how companies can use strategic relationships to create value through innovation.He delivers over 50 keynotes a year explaining the economic value of strategic relationships and the disciplined process of investing in them. He has worked with leading global companies such as Disney, Cisco Systems, Deloitte Consulting, Hilton Worldwide, HP, IBM and more.His insights on driving growth through unique return on strategic relationships have been featured in top outlets like The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Fast Company, Mashable, CNBC, Knowledge@Wharton, and Associations Now, as well as Entrepreneur and Success magazines. He also writes a regular column for The Huffington Post and Medium.David is the author of ten books, including the best-selling Relationship Economics (Wiley) as well as ConnectAbility (McGraw-Hill), The Entrepreneur’s Guide to Raising Capital (Praeger) and Return on Impact (Jossey-Bass).

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Guru #18

Sally Helgesen

Sally Helgesen is a best-selling author, speaker and leadership coach, cited in Forbes as the world’s premier expert on women’s leadership. For the last thirty years, her mission has been to help women leaders around the world recognize, articulate and act on their greatest strengths. She also works with senior teams seeking to build more inclusive cultures.

Sally’s most recent book, How Women Rise, co-authored with coaching legend Marshall Goldsmith, became the top-selling title in its field within a week of publication. It explores the specific habits most likely to get in women’s way as they seek advancement. And it offers powerful practices to help women realize their full potential.

Sally’s previous books include The Female Advantage: Women’s Ways of Leadership, hailed as a classic and continuously in print since 1990, and The Female Vision: Women’s Real Power at Work, which explores how women’s strategic insights can strengthen their careers and their organizations. The Web of Inclusion: A New Architecture for Building Great Organizations, published in 1995, was cited in The Wall Street Journal as one of the best books on leadership of all time and credited with bringing the language of inclusion into business.

In addition to delivering workshops and keynotes in corporations, partnership firms, universities and associations around the world, Sally has consulted with the UN on building more inclusive country offices in Africa and Asia and led seminars at the Harvard Graduate School of Education and Smith College. She is a contributing editor for Strategy + Business magazine and a member of the MG 100 Coaching Network and the New York and International Women’s Forums. She lives in Chatham, NY.

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Guru #19

Fawn Germer

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Fawn Germer is the personification of the heroine we see in movies. She has gone against the odds, she has been rejected and put down and yet, she has triumphs over her environment. She is an advocate woman in leadership and has compiled the wisdom, insight and leadership strategies from more than 200 famous women leaders for her new book Pearls. Her philosophy through her six books is one of adaptability and an ever-changing skills set. Fawn Germer is a bestselling author and four-time, Pulitzer Prize nominated journalist who has written for The Washington Post, U.S. News and World Report, and The Miami Herald. Fawn Germer deals with what it takes to be a great leader today and is an Oprah Winfrey must read author. As a speaker she is dynamic, energetic and inspirational. She is well known in North America but has had substantial international exposure.

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Guru #20

Mike Myatt

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Mike Myatt is a leadership advisor to Fortune 500 CEOs and their Boards of Directors. Widely regarded as America’s Top CEO Coach, he is a globally recognized authority of leadership, the bestselling author of *Hacking Leadership* (Wiley) and *Leadership Matters* (OP), a *Forbes* leadership columnist, and is the Founder and Chairman at N2Growth. Mike frequently lectures and keynotes and his theories and practices havebeen taught at many of the nation’s top business schools. He was received numerous awards including being recognized by Thinkers50 as one of the top 10 leadership thinkers globally, by *Inc.* Magazine as one of the top 50 leadership experts in the world, and his book *Hacking Leadership* was named one of the best business books of 2014 by Amazon.

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Guru #21

Neen James

Neen James, is an attention expert and leadership expert who delivers high-energy opening keynotes that show leaders how to profit by paying attention. She’s an Australian obsessed with helping leaders profit by paying attention so they can create more significant moments in life that matter. Audiences love her practical strategies they can apply at work and home. Neen’s fun, Aussie-ness makes her a sought after keynote speaker that meeting planners love – they often describe her as the energizer bunny for their events. With a strong background in learning and development and managing large teams at various corporations, Neen is the perfect fit for organizations wanting a presenter to provide implementable strategies to save time, increase focus and help their people get more done. Clients including Comcast, Cisco, Virgin, Pfizer, FBI and BMW describe Neen as authentic, energetic and passionate. Neen regularly provides one-on-one consulting and mentoring on topics productivity, thought leadership and women in leadership. Neen often appears in the media sharing leadership expertise and is a published author of eight books, including Folding Time, Secrets of Super-Productivity, Strategic Networking and Network or Perish. She earned her MBA from Southern Cross University, Certified Speaking Professional designation from National Speakers Association, received numerous awards in her industry, is a partner in the international education company Thought Leaders Global, and in her spare time serves on several Boards.

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Guru #22

Patrick Lencioni

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Patrick Lencioni is the founder of The Table Group and the author of 10 books which have sold over 4 million copies and been translated into more than 25 languages. The Wall Street Journal called him one of the most sought after business speakers in America; he has addressed millions of people at conferences and events around the world over the past 15 years. Pat has written for or been featured in numerous publications including Harvard Business Review, Inc., Fortune, Fast Company, USA Today, The Wall Street Journal and BusinessWeek. As CEO, Pat spends his time writing books and articles related to leadership and organizational health, speaking to audiences interested in those topics and consulting to CEOs and their teams. Prior to founding The Table Group, Pat worked at Bain & Company, Oracle Corporation and Sybase. Pat lives in the Bay Area with his wife and four boys.

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Guru #23

Dr. Shailesh Thaker

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Dr. Shailesh Thaker is a world-renowned management thinker and trainer on organizational behavior and development. He is the CLO of Knowledge Plus Inc., a highly reputed training firm based in Ahmedabad, India, helping organizations to achieve international benchmarks in management practices. As a management guru, Dr. Thaker is always in demand as a keynote speaker, business coach, HR trainer and training guru for management and training conferences. He has helped millions to achieve their personal and professional goals.Not less than 62 countries have benefited through more than 1567 workshops. He has spent 22 years in this field and conducted nearly 14,500 hours of training sessions across the globe. He has trained nearly 500 trainers to design, develop and conduct training. He has a doctorate in Cognitive Thinking (India) and International Training Fellow (USA). He is included in the list of 100 best management thinkers and gurus of the world. As a leadership guru and management thinker, he has introduced ideas in the management world. Recently, he has been listed as “platinum” author on www.evancarmichael.com, a leading Canada-based portal on management; the only person from South-East Asia to be honored with this title. He has also been appointed as the president of www.redberrionlineuniversity.com, a U.S.-based corporate management university.

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Guru #24

Cy Wakeman

Cy Wakeman is a dynamic national keynote speaker and New York Times bestselling author who has spent over 20 years cultivating a revolutionary approach to leadership and work. Her Reality-Based Philosophy helps leaders and their teams ditch the drama, turn excuses into results, and find opportunities in every challenge they face. Cy’s professional journey began when she was promoted to her first management position in the late 1980’s. Rather than forcing ineffective, traditional management practices into her workplace, she began developing and teaching her employees a reality-based mindset. What she found was inspiring. Her employees were not only motivated to succeed, but they were also driven to deliver results, adapt to change, and emanate happiness on the job. Inspired to help others transform their company and their work, Cy began consulting, training and speaking—empowering employees and executives alike to take control of and invest in their work. Cy Wakeman has written two books, Reality-Based Leadership: Ditch the Drama, Restore Sanity to the Workplace, & Turn Excuses into Results (Jossey-Bass; 2010) and The Reality-Based Rules of the Workplace: Know What Boosts Your Value, Kills Your Chances, & Will Make You Happier (Jossey-Bass; 2013). As a keynote speaker, Cy is a highly sought-after conference headliner and holds a Certified Speaking Professional (CSP) designation from the National Speaker’s Association, placing her within the top 3% of speakers worldwide. Her programs are consistently ranked by participants as the single most impactful training they have ever received.

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Guru #25

Gordon Tredgold

Gordon Tredgold is a former corporate warrior who now writes, speaks, and coaches on leadership, achieving results and driving success. Gordon preaches simplicity in everything and has developed the FAST Approach and his mission is to help people exceed their potential and achieve amazing results.

Gordon has been recognized by Inc Magazine as one of the Top 100 Leadership Expert and Management Expert, he was selected by Evan Carmichael as the #1 Leadership Expert to Follow on Twitter. Gordon has #4 Most Socially Shared Leadership Blog and he has written for Addicted2Success, Business Insider. And the Good Men Project and is the Author of 3 books, including his new release FAST 4 Principles Every Business Needs To Achieve Success and Drive Results.
Gordon is also a Visiting Professor at Staffordshire University.

* Selected by Inc. Magazine as one of their Top 100 Great Leadership Speakers
* #1 Leadership Expert to Follow on Twitter
* Selected by Inc. Magazine as one of their Top 100 Leadership and Management Experts in 2014
* Selected by Evan Carmichael as #1 Leadership Expert to follow on Twitter for last 10 months
* Over 400k followers on social media (over 270k Facebook, 150k Twitter)
* #2 Top 15 Must Read Leadership Blogs
* #4 Top 50 Most Socially Shared Leadership Blog

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Guru #26

Sylvia Lafair

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Sylvia Lafair PhD is President of Creative Energy Options, (CEOinc) a global consulting firm known for its unique understanding of relationship issues at work that, if not addressed, cost in creativity, communication, and productivity.The flagship program, Total Leaderships Connections™, has been named as a top ten leadership program for 8 years in a row, including 2018, by HR.com.Thousands who have graduated say it has changed the way they approach leading their organizations, and equally important,makes a major difference in how they communicate at home.

Years of study about how what we learned in our original organization, the family shows up in our present organization at work, led to her award-winning book “Don’t Bring It To Work” where she outlines the 13 most common behavior patterns at work as well as home. We all, she shows in her research, learned about fairness, favoritism, betrayal, backbiting, conflict, and communication as kids and there is a natural tendency to return to old habits, as adults, when stress hits the hot button.

Not satisfied with simply naming patterns such as the avoider, super-achiever, drama queen or king, persecutor, victim, and rescuer, she devised the OUT Technique™ to help individuals and teams breakthrough outdated ways of responding by Observing, Understanding, and Transforming ineffective patterns for long-term change.

Her global work shows that behavior patterns are universal, and every culture can relate to these  ingrained ways of responding. Using her roadmap, conflict lessens, trust increases,and collaboration soars.The Leadership Breakthrough Quiz™ available at www.ceoptions.com, gives a quick perspective forenhanced knowledge of personal behavior.She developed Total Leadership CoachingProgram ™, to certify business coaches in her methods and expand the pattern breakthrough techniques worldwide.

Her other award-winning books address two vital areas for today’s leaders, women’s empowerment in “GUTSY: How Women Leaders Make Change” and cultural differences in “UNIQUE: How Story SparksDiversity, Inclusion, and Engagement.”

Sylvia has been featured in The Wall Street Journal, Forbes, USA Today,Today show, and is a columnist for INC.com, and The National Business Journal. As a gifted speaker, she weaves her knowledge of what makes business successful with real life stories that leave audiences with information to take back to their office and immediately put into practice, personally and professionally.

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Guru #27

James Kouzes

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James Kouzes is both a top leadership speaker and trainer and an experienced executive. The Wall Street Journal proclaims him as one of the twelve best executive educators in the U.S. He is also the Dean’s Executive Fellow of Leadership in the Leavey School of Business at Santa Clara University. Jim has coauthored with Barry Posner more than a dozen books on leadership, including the award-winning and bestselling, THE LEADERSHIP CHALLENGE, with over 2.5 million copies sold. As a leadership guru, he has been researching, writing about, and facilitating leadership development for four decades and has won numerous awards. In addition to the Top 30 Leadership Rank, some of his other honors include ASTD’s Distinguished Contribution to Workplace Learning, the Thought Leader Award from the Instructional Systems Association, HR Magazine’s Top 20 Most Influential International Thinkers, and the Lifetime Achievement Award in Trustworthy Business Behavior from Trust Across America. Jim Kouzes applies his vast business experience to support his research and writing as a leadership thought leader, and he leaves his audiences with nuggets of wisdom, evidence-based practices, real-life examples, and immediate applications. His and Barry’s valid and reliable 360-assessment LEADERSHIP PRACTICES INVENTORY (LPI) helps individuals to discover and develop their own leadership strengths and areas of development. His mission is to liberate the leader in everyone so that they can make extraordinary things happen and to support youth leadership development through educating educators. He is mostly known in North America.

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Guru #28

Dr. Ram Charan

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Dr. Ram Charan is more of a management guru than leadership, but much of his work has affected the leadership sphere. Aside from being known for providing relevant advices that takes into account the real-world complexities of business. Ram Charan has written 15 books which have collectively sold more than 2 million copies. He was identified by Fortune as the leading expert in corporate governance and has through in-house executive education programs. His ideas are practical and proven, so while the materials of Ram Charan is not that unique, it is brilliantly laid out and structured. His philosophy deals with the idea that people development and the expenditures that go with it, will provide a more effective work force and therefore improve the organizational bottom line. As a speaker, he is structured and steady. He is well known in India and the North America.

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Guru #29

Angela V. Paccione

From Australia to Egypt to China and across the US, Angie inspires leaders at Fortune 200 organizations by unleashing the potential in each of them, providing tools to help them accelerate their business results and create even stronger work teams, families and communities.

Since joining Verus Global in 2007, Angie has served top leadership teams and organizations who are motivated to improve their capability and the culture of their workplace. Her energetic approach and library of compelling stories has helped her to build a worldwide network of amazing individuals committed to building people, partnerships and performance in every interaction. Her inspiring facilitation style and desire to serve others has led to her popularity as a keynote and motivational speaker.

In addition to her transformational sessions, Angie supports our facilitators in accelerating their ability to serve client-partners even more.

More about Angie:
Growing up biracial in New York City, Angie gained an early interest in diversity and earned her Ph.D. in Education and Human Resources Studies on that subject. Her dissertation, Multicultural perspective transformation: Developing a commitment to diversity, examined the experiences of individuals who developed personal commitments to diversity-related issues.

She was raised to believe you could accomplish anything you set your mind to. Her lengthy list of varied accomplishments proves she lives this philosophy. A college basketball player at Stanford University and professional basketball player in the 1980s, Angie became a high school coach, teacher and administrator before earning her Ph.D. and joining the faculty of Colorado State University. During her 9 years in higher education, she served as a teacher educator in the “Project Promise” program, a nationally recognized program of excellence in teacher preparation for mid-career professionals.

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Guru #30

Radislav Gandapas

Radislav Gandapas is one of Russia’s foremost trainers of leadership, motivation and public speaking. His pedigree is proven, having twice been voted as the best business trainer in Russia in 2005 and 2007, working with companies such as Microsoft, Wrigley’s, PepsiCo, Heineken, Phillip Morris, PWC, Pfeizer, Sony, DHL, Amway, Ernst and Young, BP and many other household brands. He’s also shared a stage with some of the heavyweights of the industry, such as Brian Tracy, Allan Pease, Robin Sharma and Marshall Goldsmith.

His experience of the benefits of training came at an early age, when his father, a decorated military fighter pilot gave him intensive training in dealing with high pressure situations with a view to Radislav following him into the Air Force. Ultimately, Radislav’s interests lay elsewhere – but the lessons learned in these formative years have stayed with him through his own successful business career and have proved beneficial to the thousands of people who have attended his training seminars in Russia and abroad.

After a youth filled with a fascinating variety of work: lifeguard, archaeological technician, high school teacher, he was appointed as the deputy director of the House of Scientists in his native Odessa. This experience helping to run one of the Soviet Union’s most important social clubs for leading academics and scientists, convinced him further of the importance of education and training, and in 2001 he left for Moscow to become a business trainer.

From there, success has followed success. Stints as a TV presenter and radio show host have added to Radislav’s repertoire alongside his growing emergence as Russia’s leading trainer. He has now published ten books about leadership and public speaking which have been translated into four languages, and has produced 14 DVD courses and 4 online courses that expand on his ideas. As well as training others to do business, he is also a successful businessman in his own right and has set up flourishing companies in IT development and medical supplies. However, his first love is still using his extraordinary life experience and knowledge of leadership to help others get the very best out of themselves.

President of CIS Speakers Association www.cisspeakers.com

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