World's Top 30 Leadership Professionals for 2024

Guru #1

Sally Helgesen

Sally Helgesen, cited in Forbes as the world’s premier expert on women’s leadership, is an internationally best-selling author, speaker and leadership coach. She has been inducted into the Thinkers 50 Hall of Fame, which honors those whose ideas have shaped the field of leadership worldwide. She is ranked Number One in leadership by Global Gurus, and recognized with a Lifetime Achievement Award by the Institute for Management Studies.

Sally’s latest book, Rising Together: How We Can Bridge Divides and Create a More Inclusive Workplace, offers practical ways to build more effective relationships with people we may perceive as different from ourselves.

Rising Together builds on Sally’s remarkable success with How Women Rise, co-authored with legendary executive coach Marshall Goldsmith, which examines the behaviors most likely to get in the way of successful women as they move forward in their careers. Rights have been sold in 24 languages.

Other books include The Female Advantage: Women’s Ways of Leadership, hailed as the classic in its field 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.  The Web of Inclusion: A New Architecture for Building Great Organizations, cited in The Wall Street Journal as one of the best books on leadership of all time, is credited with bringing the language of inclusion into business.

For 35 years, Sally has delivered seminars, keynotes and master classes for companies, partnership firms and associations around the world, working in 37 countries. She is a contributing editor for Strategy + Business magazine and a member of the 100 Coaches Network and the New York and International Women’s Forums. She lives in Chatham, NY.

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Guru #2

Cy Wakeman

Cy Wakeman is a drama researcher, New York Times best-selling author, and 2023 World’s #1 Leadership Guru who is recognized for her Reality Based approach to leadership. Backed by over 25 years of unparalleled
experience partnering with top brands spanning all industries, Cy’s philosophy offers a modern approach to leadership in which employees and managers alike can deliver better results with less drama, higher engagement without entitlement, and more happiness in even the most challenging workplace realities.
Deemed “the secret weapon to restoring sanity to the workplace and the worldplace,” Cy empowers leaders to love their teams up while calling them up to greatness. Her client list includes Google, Meta, Viacom, NBC
Universal, Keurig Dr. Pepper, NASA, Pfizer, CVS, Johns Hopkins, Stanford Health Care, Bank of America, among others.

As a highly sought-after conference headliner, Cy holds a Certified Speaking Professional (CSP) designation from the National Speaker’s Association, placing her within the top 3% of speakers worldwide.

Cy’s social platform audience has surpassed 250,000 followers. Her Reality-Based Leadership newsletter that
often goes viral within organizations reaches over 25,000 raving fans who discuss and apply her modern
leadership techniques each and every week.

She has published four best-selling books, the latest of which is Life’s Messy, Live Happy: Things Don’t Have
to Be Perfect for You to Be Content (2022). Cy also hosts the No Ego podcast that offers her latest insights
into how to address the toughest leadership challenges of today.

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Guru #3

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 #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

Cindy Solomon

For more than two decades, widely admired leadership thought-leader, author, and renowned keynote speaker Cindy Solomon has helped Fortune 5000 companies around the world cultivate courageous leaders and customer-focused cultures.

A self-confessed “recovering corporate executive,” Cindy’s mission is to radically update the way we think about and practice leadership to create high-performance teams focused on consumer experience and results.

With her signature razor-sharp wit, Cindy goes beyond battlefield analogies and sports metaphors to deliver real-life business stories and actionable advice on next-generation leadership, experience, and service excellence in today’s consumer-driven economy.

One of the world’s most requested keynote speakers and leading voices in customer service, Cindy is known for her hilarious, provocative, and action-focused delivery that jumpstarts any audience to courageous initiative. Working across industry, geography, and functional areas, Cindy’s message of courage enables every attendee to create the success they want in both their professional and personal lives. Cindy’s clients include a who’s who of corporate America and national/international associations. Recent clients include: Oracle, KeyBank, Cisco, the American Bankers Association, Google, Salesforce, Raytheon, Wells Fargo, UPS, PWC, The Ritz-Carlton, Pfizer, American Medical Association, Association of Nurse Practitioners …and hundreds more.

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Guru #6

Aldo Cívico

Top executive coach John Mattone called Aldo, “one of the best executive coaches I’ve worked with globally,” and Senator George Mitchell, former chairman of Walt Disney, considers Aldo “one of the most innovative thought leaders in leadership development and conflict management.”

In 2022, Global Gurus included Aldo in the Top 30 global experts and trainers on leadership. With thirty years of experience, Aldo has worked globally, training and mentoring in personal and corporate leadership Fortune 500 executives, members of Family Offices, government leaders, athletes, and celebrities.

Aldo is known for helping his clients to achieve high performance by making shifts in the deep structure of their minds, facilitating the overcoming of limiting beliefs, releasing emotional traumas, and expanding their self-concept in alignment with an inspiring purpose and a powerful vision. He has been working with business leaders in New York, Mexico City, London, El Cairo, Dubai, and Hong Kong. The philanthropist and producer Abigail Disney has called Aldo “the leaders’ whisperer”.

In 2000, after serving as a senior advisor to Palermo’s anti-mafia mayor, Leoluca Orlando, Aldo moved to New York, where he joined the Center for International Conflict Resolution at Columbia University. In 2007, he was appointed as the director of the Center and has been lecturing at Columbia University advanced courses in negotiation and conflict resolution. In addition, he lectured at major universities, including Harvard University, New York University, Princeton University, Oxford University, the London School of Economics, and more recently, the Florida International University.

Aldo is the author of four books and is a syndicated columnist for major newspapers in Latin America. Media publish his writings on leadership in Spain, Mexico, and Colombia, as well as in the three most-read Hispanic newspapers in the United States, including El Diario (New York), La Opinion (Los Angeles), and El Nuevo Heraldo (Miami). Finally, Aldo authors a blog on Psychology Today where more than 1 million people have read his articles.

Aldo received his Ph.D. from Columbia University in social-cultural anthropology in 2008. He is an associate fellow of the Advanced Consortium on Cooperation, Complexity, and Conflict at Columbia University. In addition, Aldo holds a Master’s degree in political science from the University of Bologna in Italy. He is a master practitioner in Neuro-Linguistic Programming and Ericksonian Hypnosis, an Amen Clinics certified coach in brain health, an Intelligent Leadership certified Master Executive Coach and Trainer, a certified trainer in Mindfulness, and a certified practitioner and trainer in Havening, an innovative and revolutionary psycosensory therapy which eliminates the emotional stress caused by past traumas and enhances resilience.

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Guru #7

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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Guru #8

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 #9

John Mattone

John Mattone is the world’s top executive coach and the founder of four exceptional coaching and leadership development companies, John Mattone Global (JMG), Intelligent Leadership Executive Coaching (ILEC), Intelligent Leadership Online Academy (ILOA), and IL Coaching International (ILCI). The holding company, John Mattone Partners, Inc. (JMP), owns an industry leading 14 registered IP trademarks awarded by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).

For the fourth time in the past five years–2019, 2020, 2021, and 2023 the research organization, Globalgurus.org, recently awarded John Mattone with the prestigious world’s #1 coaching authority ranking followed by Tony Robbins at #2. In 2017 and 2018, John was recognized as one of the top three coaching authorities in the world alongside Tony Robbins and Marshall Goldsmith. He was also a finalist for the 2017 Thinkers50 Leadership Award recognizing the world’s top leadership authority and thinker.

John Mattone is the pioneer of Intelligent Leadership (IL), a transformative, results-oriented leadership growth philosophy and process that ignites, cultivates, and polishes an individual’s heart, mind, and soul in support of creating an exceptional leadership and cultural capability in an organization. The IL “Movement” began in 2010. Since then, John Mattone’s IL coaching philosophy, process, and tools have transformed the lives of nearly one million people and impacted the success of thousands of organizations from every corner of the globe-53 countries to date.

Since 2017, John Mattone has personally coached and mentored over 450 global executive coaches and 45 of the world’s top CEO’s and government leaders. John Mattone is the former executive coach to the late Steve Jobs and the former legendary CEO of PepsiCo, Roger Enrico.

John is the author of ten books, including five best-sellers: Talent Leadership (2012), Intelligent Leadership (2013), Cultural Transformations (2016), The Intelligent Leader (2019), and The Executive Coach’s Handbook (2022).

John has a Bachelor of Science in Management & Organizational Behavior as well as a Master of Science and Ph.D. in Industrial/Organizational Psychology. He serves on the Dean’s Advisory Board (College of Sciences) at the University of Central Florida (UCF) and is a Distinguished Senior Fellow at the Hult International School of Business.

In 2017, John created an annual scholarship, the John Mattone Endowed Graduate Scholarship Fund for Executive Coaching and Leadership at the University of Central Florida (UCF).

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Guru #10

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 #11

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 #12

Rick Goodman

Dr. Rick Goodman is one of the most sought-after leadership and engagement experts today. His keynote presentations and workshops have produced transformational results leading to highly engaged employees, increased productivity and HIGHER PROFITS.

Dr. Rick has delivered over 1,000 presentations in all 50 states and in 23 countries. He is a “Certified Speaking Professional” (CSP), which is the speaker profession’s international measure of speaking experience and skill. Fewer than one percent of all professional speakers worldwide hold this designation.

In addition to his 30-year speaking career, Dr. Rick is the author of three books: His first book titled “Living A Championship Life – A Game Plan For Success” combined his success philosophy with stories compiled during his tenure as one of the team physicians for the Super Bowl Champion St. Louis Rams.

His quest to solve our world’s newest challenge, communicating with our children in the age of social media and cell phones led to the book “Jamie’s Journey – Travels with My Dad” written by his then 16-year-old daughter. Dr. Rick’s latest book “The Solutions Oriented Leader – Your Comprehensive Guide to Achieve World-Class Results” was #1 on Amazon Kindle when it was released.

Dr. Rick is also a successful entrepreneur who walks his talk and shares his winning philosophies with his audiences. He has built several extremely successful multimillion-dollar businesses and uses those experiences to provide solutions for his clients and audiences throughout the world.

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Guru #13

Arthur Carmazzi

Arthur Carmazzi’s biggest contribution in 2023 is the applications of AI, metaverse, and work gamification technologies in supporting personalized leadership development and  soft skill transformation of individuals in line with their companies organizational culture.

He has developed the Wisdom City AI Powered Metaverse that changes the standards in Hiring for Cultural fit, and exponentially increases Leadership Skill Training Implementation through the cloned AI Avatars of Trainers, Coaches and Consultants that Mentor users to solve real world people related issues. Through trial-and-error scenario base quests in an environment that has no consequences for failure users to personalize their success.

His Squadli Work Gamification app has supported leaders and organizations to Live their Values, improve KPI achievement, and improve engagement through practical behavior gamification and fun performance measurement.

Arthur’s AI systems guide the experience of leaders by identifying root cause issues preventing their greater leadership success. The AI then creates trial and error scenarios to support the leader to help people succeed in their personal and career development journey.

Arthur’s accredited Certified Organizational Culture Consultant program where consultants can Guarantee visible results in 80 days, had exploded through culture leadership development in Saudi Arabia in conjunction with the Saudi 2030 vision. Certified Consultants are working with Government and private sector organizations and achieving legendary results.

Applying the OCEAN organizational culture benchmarking, audit, and progress measurement tool, helps Culture Consultant identify gaps and track success.

Increases of individualized leadership development has supported successful Culture Change projects across Asia and the Middle East have helped Certified Consultants make bigger and very visible impacts on companies and their employees.

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Guru #14

Gordon Tredgold

Gordon Tredgold is passionate about inspiring people to take action.

From the early stages of his career Gordon has seen the benefits that inspiration brings, how it can transform companies, teams and individuals to achieve amazing results. He strongly believes that if we can create more inspiring leaders, we can help make ourselves a better world.

Described as “sharp and insightful with a thought-provoking style” Tredgold teaches leaders and organizations simple, practical and pragmatic strategies that help them to engage, empower and excite their teams in a way that inspires them to challenge the limits of what they thought was achievable.

Tredgold is the author of three books: Chartered Management Institute finalist, “FAST – 4 Principles Every Business Needs To Drive Success and Achieve Results”, “Leadership it’s a Marathon Not a Sprint”, and “Practitioners Guide to Leadership” and he has written over 1400 articles contributing to Inc, Forbes, Entrepreneur, Business Insider, Fortune and many other publications.

As former corporate warrior, with over 30 years of experience, Tredgold is a sought-after turnaround expert who has successfully delivered $100m programs, led and developed global teams of over 1000 people, and transformed operational performance with improvements of 50-500% and cost reductions of $240m. This has given him the practical hands-on experience of what is needed to create inspired teams and build high-performance cultures.

Gordon has devoted himself to humanizing leadershipsimplifying the concepts and making them accessible to everyone to help them become a better leader, an inspiring leader that can engage, empower and excite people to take action as his greatest reward is seeing the people around him achieving their highest and best results.

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Guru #15

Peter F Gallagher

Peter is a Change Management Global Thought Leader, Guru, Expert, International Corporate Conference Speaker, 12X Author and Leadership Alignment Coach.Peter consults, speaks, and writes on the Leadership of Change®. For the last 30 years he has worked in over 30 countries for some of the world’s most successful organisations. Peter’s PURPOSE is to improve the Leadership of Change® and he helps leaders to successfully lead and deliver their organisation’s change, improvement, or transformation.

At the start of an organisation change journey, Peter asks all leaders:
“Do you have a change vision? Are you aligned on your strategic objectives? Are you a high performing team? Does your team have change leadership skills to lead the change or improvement that your organisation is facing?” He then works with the leadership team to develop a solution.

Peter has an MBA (Distinction) from the Robert Gordon University. He is an American Society of Quality (ASQ) Certified Manager of Quality, and one of the ‘First 500’ globally Certified Change Management Professionals™ (CCMP™) with the Association of Change Management Professionals (ACMP). He also holds three certifications from the Project Management Institute (PMI).

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Guru #16

Kevin Eikenberry

Kevin Eikenberry is a recognized world expert on leadership development and learning and is the Chief Potential Officer of The Kevin Eikenberry Group (http://KevinEikenberry.com). He has spent nearly 30 years helping organizations across North America, and leaders from around the world, on leadership, learning, teams and teamwork, communication and more. Twice he has been named by Inc.com as one of the top 100 Leadership and Management Experts in the World and has been included in many other similar lists. He is the author, co-author or a contributing author to nearly 20 books, including Remarkable Leadership and bestseller From Bud to Boss – Secrets of the Successful Transition to Remarkable Leadership (with Guy Harris), The Long-Distance Leader: Rules for Remarkable Remote Leadership (with Wayne Turmel). His next book (January 2021) is The Long-Distance Teammate: Stay Engaged and Connected While Working Anywhere. His blog is consistently ranked among the world’s best, most read and most shared on leadership.

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Guru #17

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 #18

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 #19

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 #20

Mike Sarraille

Mike is an established keynote speaker who works with small businesses and Fortune 500 companies on the principles of leadership, teamwork, entrepreneurship, and living a life of balance and purpose. He’s the founder and CEO of Talent War Group, a successful management consulting and executive search firm, and ATTA, a lifestyle and apparel brand focused on community and born out of his Everyday Warrior concept. Whether speaking at a conference, leading his team, or helping others achieve success, Mike taps into the lessons and skills he developed in the military.

During his 20-year career, he served as a Recon Marine, Scout-Sniper, and retired a U.S. Navy SEAL Officer. Much of his career was in the Special Operations community, including the elite Joint Special Operations Command. Along with careers in the military and business, Mike co-authored the best-selling book, The Talent War: How Special Operations and Great Organizations Win on Talent, and enjoys a partnership with Men’s Journal as columnist and host of The Everyday Warrior series and podcast.

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Guru #21

Robb Holman

Robb Holman is a highly respected and sought-after global keynote speaker, who has also authored four transformational leadership books: “Lead the Way,” “All In,” “Move the Needle,” and his highly anticipated upcoming book, “Lessons from Abdul.” This book has already garnered praise from global leaders, who are calling it one of his most thought-provoking and inspirational works yet.

He is the CEO of Holman International, a global leadership consultancy. In recognition of his expertise, Robb was named one of the world’s top 30 leadership speakers and thought leaders by Global Gurus in both 2022 and 2023. He was also recently inducted into the Power List of the Top 200 Biggest Voices in Leadership in 2023. His innovative Inside Out Leadership philosophy has gained significant recognition and has been featured in publications like Inc, Forbes, and Fast Company.

Robb’s highly acclaimed podcast features interviews with the top transformational leaders in the world. His Inside Out Leadership Academy offers students the opportunity to learn and engage with these life-changing leadership principles directly.

Robb’s keynote speaking engagements have allowed him to reach into the hearts of leaders around the world. His passionate talks lead the way from burnout and emptiness to fulfillment and success, exploring how an individual’s innate purpose is worth so much more than the money they earn or the business results they achieve. Robb’s dynamic teaching style, authentic engagement, and thought-provoking content has made him a sought-after global keynote speaker.

At the age of 21, Robb was hit with bad news as doctors found a potentially cancerous mass in his midsection. But after weeks of uncertainty, an ultrasound specialist confirmed that the mass had somehow disappeared. This miracle radically altered his perspective, prompting him to question his purpose in a way he never had before.

More than 25 years later, Robb is still following his purpose, helping leaders around the world derive more meaning from their lives. His Inside Out Leadership philosophy guides leaders in reflecting on what matters most so they can achieve amazing results.

FUN FACT: Robb used to play professional basketball

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Guru #22

Hortense le Gentil

HORTENSE LE GENTIL is a world-renowned executive leadership coach, speaker, and author of THE UNLOCKED LEADER: Dare to Free Your Own Voice, Lead with Empathy, and Shine Your Light in the World (Wiley, Sept. 26, 2023), (Wiley, 2023) and ALIGNED: Connecting Your True Self with the Leader You’re Meant to Be (2019).  She guides CEOs and senior executives on their journey from hero leaders to human leaders.  Guided by 30 years in business, working across industries—including media consulting and advertising—and as an entrepreneur, Hortense was a 2021 nominee for the Thinkers 50 Coaching and Mentoring Awards and has been ranked #5 on the Global Gurus list by World Management Global Gurus. She is a certified Marshall Goldsmith Stakeholder Centered coach and a member of MG100 Coaches. Hortense is a contributor to Harvard Business Review and ThriveGlobal.com, and has been featured in Forbes, Fast Company, Inc., and Business Insider.  She is based in New York.

*– Proceeds from The Unlocked Leader will be donated to the JED Foundation, dedicated to young adult mental health, giving them the skills and support they need to thrive.

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Guru #23

Oleg Konovalov

Dr. Oleg Konovalov is a thought leader, author, business educator, consultant, and coach with over 25 years of experience operating businesses and consulting Fortune 500 companies both in the UK and internationally.

Oleg is on the Thinkers50 Radar, has been recognized as #1 Global Thought Leader on Culture by Thinkers 360, is #1 Global Leading Coach (Marshall Goldsmith Thinkers50) and has been named as one of the Top 10 most inspiring global thought leaders by The Excelligent.

Having been named as ‘the da Vinci of Visionary Leadership’ by many leading authorities of our time, Oleg Konovalov is helping companies to create and execute their vision, diagnose and treat organizational diseases, maintain a strong productive corporate culture and achieve superior business performance.

He is the author of The Vision Code (2021), LEADEROLOGY (2019), Corporate Superpower (2018), Organisational Anatomy (2016), and Hidden Russia (2014).

His research identifies entrepreneurs’ and managers’ strategic needs in the areas of corporate culture, leadership, and he uses corporate diagnostics, in order to enable them to drive their companies to success.

Oleg received his doctoral degree from the Durham University Business School. He is a visiting lecturer at a number of business schools, a Forbes contributor, and a high in demand speaker at major conferences around the world.

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Guru #24

Peter Bregman

Recognized as the #1 executive coach in the world by Leading Global Coaches, Peter Bregman coaches CEOs and senior leaders in many of the world’s premier organizations. Having started his career teaching leadership on wilderness and mountaineering expeditions, Peter is CEO of Bregman Partners, an executive coaching company that helps successful people become exceptional leaders and stellar human beings.

Peter is ranked as a Top 30 thought leader by Thinkers 50 Radar and selected as one of the Top 8 thought leaders in leadership. He is ranked by Global Guru’s as one of the top 30 best Coaches in the world and one of the top 30 best leadership speakers/trainers in the world.  He is the award-winning, best selling author and contributor of 18 books, including most recently, Leading with Emotional Courage: How to Have Hard Conversations, Create Accountability, and Inspire Action on Your Most Important Work. His book, 18 Minutes: Find Your Focus, Master Distraction, and Get the Right Things Done, was a Wall Street Journal bestseller, winner of the Gold medal from the Axiom Business Book awards, named the best business book of the year by NPR, and selected by Publishers Weekly and the New York Post as a top ten business book. He is also the author of Four Seconds: All the Time You Need to Replace Counter-Productive Habits with Ones That Really Work, a New York Post “Top Pick for Your Career” in 2015, and Point B: A Short Guide to Leading a Big Change.

Peter is the host of the Bregman Leadership Podcast, with over 1.5M downloads, which offers insightful conversations with industry thought leaders on how to become more powerful, courageous leaders. He is also a regular contributor to the Harvard Business Review, and his articles and commentary appear frequently in Bloomberg BusinessWeek, Fast Company, Psychology Today, Forbes, The Financial Times, PBS, ABC, CNN, NPR, and FOX Business News.

Peter created and leads the Bregman Leadership Intensive, ranked by Global Gurus as the #1 Leadership Development Program in the world, a four-day program that transforms the way people lead by increasing their confidence in themselves, their ability to connect with others, their commitment to what’s most important, and their emotional courage.

Peter designed the Bregman Partners proven, proprietary Big Arrow process to align people to work together to accomplish an organization’s most important work, leveraging the Big Arrow Measurement tool to quantify the leadership and organizational gaps that block successful execution.

Peter has implemented his proprietary solutions with CEOs and senior leaders in many of the world’s premier organizations, including Allianz, Brunswick Group, Twilio, Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley, Pearson, Citi, FEI, Clear Channel, and many others.

Peter earned his B.A. from Princeton University and his M.B.A. from Columbia University. He can be reached at pbregman@bregmanpartners.com.

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Guru #25

Pierre Quinn

Pierre Quinn is a speaker, leadership coach, consultant who focuses on helping others to assess their strengths, understand organizational culture, and foster the relationships that lead to personal and professional transformation. As a gifted communicator and engaging storyteller the most frequently asked question is, “When can Pierre come back?”

For nearly a decade Pierre taught college students the fundamental principles of communication, interpersonal relationships, team building, and leadership. His classroom experience granted him opportunities to train and inspire leaders across the country.

Pierre is the author of Leading While Green: How Emerging Leaders Can Ripen Into Effective Leaders and Leading While Scared: How To Find The Courage To Keep Going. He is the CEO of The Cardell Group, LLC, a consulting firm which focuses on growing leaders and empowering teams of all sizes. Pierre holds graduate degrees in communication and theology from Andrews University and a certificate in Executive Leadership from Howard University.

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Guru #26

Sylvia Lafair

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

Mark Sanborn

Mark Sanborn - Best Leadership Speaker Trainer

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 nine books, including his latest book, The Intention Imperative: Three Essential Changes that Will Make You a Successful Leader Today. 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 in every U.S. State and 16 countries. He is the Leadership Expert in Residence at High Point University, the premier life skills university.

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Guru #28

Dr. Taryn Marie Stejskal

Dr. Taryn Marie Stejskal (pronounced Stay-skull) is the Founder and Chief Resilience Officer (CRO) of Resilience Leadership Institute (RLI), she is recognized #1 international expert on resilience, mental health, and wellbeing in both leadershipand life, whose mission is to positively impact the lives of 1 billion people, by enhancing hope, healing, and health as well as enhanced consciousness through the practices of resilience. Her work has been featured by Fox and NBC News, Bloomberg Business, Thrive Global, and Forbes. LA Progressive magazine calls her “the go-to person” and “a secret weapon” for people who want to find and maintain their edge as well as rise above the competition.

By conducting two decades of original research on resilience, Dr. Taryn Marie developed the empirically based framework, The Five Practices of Highly Resilient People and believes that resilience is the key to individual, teams, and organizational growth and acceleration across the globe. Prior to founding RLI, she served as the Head of Executive Leadership Development & Talent Strategy at Nike, as well as Head of Global Leadership Development at Cigna. Dr. Taryn Marie earned her bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan and master’s and doctoral degrees from the University of Maryland and completed pre- and postdoctoral fellowships in neuropsychology at Virginia Commonwealth University Medical Center. She is a Marshall Goldsmith Top 100 Coach Globally (MG100) and received the Continental Who’s Who award for her executive leadership coaching. She is honored to serve as a sought-after trusted advisor for executives, public figures, and individuals from all industries who are looking for an edge by way of understanding and harnessing their inherent resilience. She is married to the love to her life, and together, they have a family of five children, two biological and three bonus children, which is always teaching her about resilience! Her book entitled The Five Practices of Highly Resilient People: Why Some Flourish When Others Fold is set to release in April of 2023, and her online course, Flourish is available now!

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Guru #29

Matt Mayberry

Matt Mayberry is an internationally acclaimed keynote speaker and leading global expert in leadership development, culture change, and organizational performance.

His insights on leadership and business performance have been featured in Forbes, Fox News, Business Insider, Fortune, NBC, ESPN, and several other major media outlets.

His clients include a diverse list of who’s who in business with organizations like JP MorganChase, Allstate Insurance, Phillips 66Ambit Energy, Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits, Optum, Mack Trucks, Fifth Third Bank, Federal Bureau of Investigation, and WESCO.

Prior to becoming an indemand keynote speaker, author and management consultant, Matt was a linebacker for the Chicago Bears. Matt took the lessons he learned on the field and in the locker room straight to the boardroom. His playing days give him a unique perspective and platform to apply those lessons directly to business with a laser focus centered around leadership, culture, peak performance, and teamwork. These invaluable lessons as an athlete have been instrumental in helping him build stronger leadership teams and execute highimpact cultural transformations enhancing the performance of organizations in every sector for over a decade.

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Guru #30

Lisa Orrell

Lisa Orrell, CPC, is known globally as “The Chief of Change”, and she’s passionate about empowering, educating, and inspiring all members of today’s workforce to be exceptional Leaders…often through the unique lens of Personal Branding and a focus on Mental Health.

But her charter isn’t just about helping them make positive changes within themselves! It’s also about making a positive impact on your workplace culture…because when you have more effective Leaders, you have happier employees.

And, regardless of whether your attendees are seasoned Executives, Middle Managers, and/or entry-level, everyone will benefit from Lisa’s unique insights and content. Plus, she focuses on EDU-tainment, so your audience will learn a lot AND have fun!

As a result, Lisa has been booked for Keynotes and Training Programs by countless well-known organizations, such as: Pfizer, Salesforce, Wyndham Worldwide Resorts, eBay, Wells Fargo, Johnson & Johnson, Pepsi, PayPal, USC, Blue Cross/BlueShield, Paul Mitchell, State University of New York, SHRM, and the National Diversity Council.

Lisa was even hired by the Government of Brunei to be the Keynote Speaker (IN Brunei) at their first-ever Women in Leadership Conference!

In addition to being a Speaker, Trainer, and Award-winning Author, Lisa is also a Certified Leadership & Success Coach who works with individuals and employee groups. She received her certification through an intensive one-year training program accredited by the International Coach Federation.

Her four popular business books on Amazon include: “Your Employee Brand is in Your Hands”Millennials into LeadershipMillennials Incorporated”; and Boomers into Business. Each of Lisa’s books are filled with useful tactics, tips, and strategies, so they are often ordered in bulk by organizations for their Learning & Development Programs.

And, based on her expertise and notoriety, Lisa has been interviewed by, or written articles for, many media outlets and research firms, including (partial list): ABC, NPR, NBC, MSNBC, CBS, The NY Times, Wall Street Journal, USA Today, U.S. News & World Report, Human Resource ExecutiveDiversity BusinessEssence, HR.com, Monster.com, Recruiter.com, CollegeRecruiter.com, and CareerBuilder.com

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