Upcoming Leadership Gurus

If you know of Highly Skilled speakers, trainers, consultants and thought leaders in the Leadership field, please nominate them

MAYA HU-CHAN

Maya Hu-Chan is an international management consultant, certified executive coach, author, public speaker and leadership development educator, specializing in global leadership, executive coaching and cross-cultural business skills. She has been Rated Top 100 Thought Leaders by Leadership Excellence Magazine. Harvard Business School has chosen her book Global Leadership: The Next Generation to be one of their Working Knowledge recommended books. This book was translated into multiple languages across Asia and Europe. As a leadership guru she has been on our radar for some time and her consistency and impact have grown to win her an award from Global Guru. Maya Hu-Chan is well known in South East Asia.

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PROFESSOR MS RAO

Professor M.S.Rao, Ph.D. is the father of “Soft Leadership” and founder of MSR Leadership Consultants, India. He is a C-Suite advisor and a sought-after keynote speaker globally. He advocates gender equality globally (#HeForShe). He has made the biggest impact on the world with his Soft Leadership which can be applied for companies and countries to achieve excellence. He is an International Leadership Guru and an internationally acclaimed leadership educator, author, executive coach, speaker, and consultant. He has 38 years of experience, and the author of over 45 books including the award-winning ‘21 Success Sutras for CEOs.’ His bestselling book ‘21 Success Sutras for Leaders’ was ranked as the Top 10 Leadership Books of the Year ― 2013 by San Diego University. His book ‘Success Tools for CEO Coaches’ is the award winner for 2014 by Small Business Trends, USA. He is passionate about serving and making a difference in the lives of others. He shares his leadership wisdom freely with the world on his four blogs. His vision is to build one million students as global leaders by 2030. His vision program was ranked as one of the Top 10 Finalists in the ‘Not For Profit’ category of Leadership Excellence 500 Awards, LEAD 2015. He coined a new leadership learning tool―Soft Leadership Grid; a leadership training tool―11E Leadership Grid; and an innovative teaching tool―Meka’s Method. He serves as an Advisor and Judge for several prestigious international organizations including Global Leadership Awards, Malaysia and Middle East Business Leaders Summits & Awards, Dubai. He serves on the editorial boards of prestigious international journals and published more than 250 research papers. He is a dynamic, energetic and inspirational leadership speaker.

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GERRY CZARNECKI

Gerry Czarnecki is the author of “Take Two and Call Me In the Morning”, including several other books and is a highly sought after speaker. He has been leading organizations since his days as an Army 2nd Lieutenant. From managing clerks to leading a Board of Directors, from public and private sector to for profit and not for profit, his leadership background spans a vast range of levels and types. He currently serves as the Chairman and CEO of the Deltennium Group, which helps organizations achieve peak performance through effective leadership. Previously, he served on the team responsible for the turnaround of the IBM Corporation.

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RYAN ESTIS

Ryan Estis understands the challenges business leaders and top performers face, because he’s been in their shoes. He spent 15 years helping companies connect with employees and customers as an ad agency executive. His work spans a wide range of industries and clients. Five years ago, he decided to put that experience into practice as a speaker and consultant. He travels all over the world, getting an inside look at what the world’s best companies do differently. Ryan shares that insight with leaders and top performers, helping them initiate change, improve performance and deliver growth. Ryan has been recognized as one of the best keynote speakers ever heard by Meetings & Conventions magazine. His presentations include original research and customized insight for each audience. He inspires audiences with case studies that always include powerful, relevant stories that resonate long after the event ends. Attendees leave every event with a specific plan for applying their new ideas once they get back to work.

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NIDO QUBEIN

Nido Qubein is a Leadership Expert, And President of High Point University. Dr. Nido Qubein came to the United States as a teenager with little knowledge of English, no contacts and only $50 in his pocket. His life has been an amazing success story. As an educator, he is president of High Point University, an undergraduate and graduate institution with 4,500 students from over 51 countries. He has authored two dozen books and audio programs distributed worldwide. His foundation provides scholarships to 48 deserving young people each year. To date the Qubein Foundation has granted more than 700 scholarships, worth over six million dollars. As a business leader, he is chairman of Great Harvest Bread Company with 220 stores in 43 states.

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Alexander Manu

Alexander Manu is a strategic innovation practitioner, international lecturer and author. He provides strategic counsel and future based advisory to executive teams in Fortune 500 companies in industries as diverse as consumer packaged goods, media, advertising, mobile communications and manufacturing. Alexander lectures around the world on innovation, imagination, change agents and strategic foresight. He is a Senior Partner at InnoSpa International Partners, teaches “Innovation, Foresight and Business Design” at the Rotman School of Management, is a Professor at the OCAD University in Toronto and a visiting lecturer at the Wallace McCain Institute for Entrepreneurship. He is Author of “Disruptive Business: Desire, Innovation and the Re-Design of Business”, 2010., “Everything 2.0: Redesign your Business Through Foresight and Brand Innovation”, 2008, “The Imagination Challenge : Strategic Foresight and Innovation for the Global Economy” , 2006, “ToolToys: Tools with an Element of Play”, 1995, and “The Big Idea of Design”, 1999 , as well as of numerous articles published in national and international periodicals.

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Vishen Lakhiani

Vishen Lakhiani is the Founder and CEO of Mindvalley, Vishen leads a dedicated team of over 100+ brilliant minds focused on building disruptive systems to bring innovation to education under their goal of “pushing humanity forward”. Vishen invests in and builds education companies. The company’s goal is to help spread enlightened ideas to 1 billion people by 2050; ideas that you won’t get from traditional education systems. In Asia, Vishen’s goal is to culture hack the behavior of young entrepreneurs to turn his home city of Kuala Lumpur into one of the top 20 cities in the world to launch a startup. Through Project Renaissance, he funds and provides free entrepreneurial education to tens of thousands of young people looking to make a difference.

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Bill George


Bill George
is professor of management practice at Harvard Business School, where he has taught leadership since 2004. He is the author of four best-selling books: 7 Lessons for Leading in Crisis, True North, Finding Your True North, and Authentic Leadership. With co-author Doug Baker he recently published True North Groups. Mr. George is the former chairman and chief executive officer of Medtronic. He joined Medtronic in 1989 as president and chief operating officer, was chief executive officer from 1991-2001, and board chair from 1996-2002. Earlier in his career, he was a senior executive with Honeywell and Litton Industries and served in the U.S. Department of Defense. Mr. George currently serves as director of ExxonMobil, Goldman Sachs, and the Mayo Clinic and also served on the board of Novartis and Target Corporation. He is currently a trustee of the World Economic Forum USA and Guthrie Theater and a former Trustee of Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. He has served as board chair for Allina Health System, Abbott-Northwestern Hospital, United Way of the Greater Twin Cities, and Advamed.

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JOHN MACKEY

John Mackey, co-founder and co-CEO of Whole Foods Market, has led the natural and organic grocer as it has grown from a single store in Austin, Texas, founded in 1978, to an $11 billion Fortune 300 company, and a top U.S. supermarket with more than 340 stores and 70,000 Team Members worldwide. While devoting his career to helping shoppers satisfy their lifestyle needs with high quality natural and organic foods, Mackey has also focused on building a more conscious way of doing business. For 15 consecutive years, FORTUNE magazine has included Whole Foods Market on its “100 Best Companies to Work For” list.

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Brendon Burchard

1 New York Times Bestselling Author
#1 Personal Development Show on YouTube
Top 10 Self-Help Podcast in the World
Top 100 Most Followed Public Figures on Facebook
After surviving a car accident at the age of 19, Brendon Burchard received what he calls “life’s golden ticket,” a second chance. Inspired by his discovery that at the end of our lives we will ask, “Did I live? Did I love? Did I matter?” he turned his life around and quickly became a multimillionaire and legendary force in the motivational genre. Since then, he has dedicated his life to helping others find their charge and share their voice with the world.
Brendon’s efforts have inspired hundreds of millions of people around the glob

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DAVE LOGAN

Dave Logan is co-founder and senior partner of CultureSync, a management consulting firm specializing in cultural change, strategy, and negotiation. CultureSync’s clients include Intel, Colliers International, American Express, Prudential, and Health Net. Dave is also a professor at the Marshall School of Business at USC. From 2001-2004, he served as Associate Dean of Executive Education. During that time, he launched the largest training program in commercial real estate (with CB Richard Ellis), and new programs with dozens of organizations, from Northrop Grumman to numerous small cap financial institutions. Currently, he teaches leadership and negotiation in the USC Executive MBA (ranked fifth in the world), and is on faculty at the Center for Medical Excellence in Portland and the International Center for Leadership In Finance (ICLIF) in Kuala Lumpur, endowed by the former prime minister of Malaysia.

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ERIC RIES

Eric Ries is an entrepreneur and author of the New York Times bestseller. The Lean Startup: How Today’s Entrepreneurs Use Continuous Innovation to Create Radically Successful Business, published by Crown Business. He serves on the advisory board of a number of technology startups, and has consulted to new and established companies as well as venture capital firms. In 2010, he was named entrepreneur-in-residence at Harvard Business School and is currently an IDEO Fellow. Previously he co-founded and served as CTO of IMVU, his third startup. In 2007, BusinessWeek named him one of the Best Young Entrepreneurs of Tech. In 2009, he was honored with a TechFellow award in the category of Engineering Leadership.The Lean Startup methodology has been written about in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Harvard Business Review,Inc. (where he appeared on the cover), Wired, Fast Company, and countless blogs. He lives in San Francisco.

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