I know, there are actually 22 names on this list, but coming up with the Top 20 Leadership & Influence Experts wasn’t easy. There are so many great leaders to choose from and I couldn’t quite narrow it down to just 20. Looking into the lives of those who have successfully made their way in the world of business can greatly serve the business novice who is setting goals as well as the veteran pausing to get energized for their next campaign. These stories of success have been collected to inspire and illuminate those who have made their way in many aspects of contemporary business life. These individuals are well regarded as the best and brightest in contemporary business.
This list was comprised from feedback from Dose of Leadership Podcast listeners and the sources listed below.
John C. Maxwell
This prodigious author and charismatic speaker tops most of the lists written this year. His thorough research and well-structured programs make the most complex concepts understandable to participants in programs. He sees leadership as influence and presents his coaching in over 70 books, countless conferences here and abroad, and online training programs. He currently heads the John Maxwell Team.
This internationally recognized author is a steady and structured speaker. His company asks questions about what is keeping excellence at bay and how. His audit program begins with the definition of excellence in the particular situation and lines up strategies that will reach it. Anyone who strives to create value alone or with others can add Peters’ novels to their toolbox.
Leadership without titles, to replace the obsolete models holding contemporary business back, is important to this consultant’s work. His Sharma Leadership International, Inc. works with companies of every size and field to help them bring out the leadership potential throughout their organization. This consultancy is available across the globe, and free online resources are available to help one find personal growth. His own story of moving from work as an attorney to writing and consulting business has a fairytale quality.
This author was recently recognized by BusinessWeek and the Financial Times for his writings on leadership. His latest book, Still Surprised, is an autobiography. His style of presentation expresses the insights he is teaching through the stories of his life’s adventures. Video clips are available of a conversation with him when he received his lifetime of leadership award in 2010. His collected works provide an analysis of many obstacles leaders continue to face today.
This consultant has an international reputation for making leadership in business easier to grasp. His book, The One Minute Manager, is translated into over 25 different languages and has sold nearly 20 million copies. His trainer model is used in a variety of industries to foster the inborn leadership skills of those committed to improve quality across the board and drive up effectiveness in the workplace. He is the principal of The Ken Blanchard Companies.
As a bestselling author, an award-winning speaker and, according to the Wall Street Journal, one of the twelve best executive educators in the United States, Jim Kouzes has been thinking about leadership ever since he was one of only a dozen Eagle Scouts to be selected to serve in John F. Kennedy’s honor guard when Kennedy was inaugurated President of the United States. Kennedy’s inaugural call to action —“Ask not what your country can do for you; ask what you can do for your country.” — inspired Jim to realize that he wanted a career that offered two things: the chance to teach and the opportunity to serve.
Topping the 2013 list of the best leadership blogs, this author is president of Human Business Works, which teaches how to make leadership skills more effective. His blog and books have earned him countless speaking opportunities on topics about the too-busy world of business and how to succeed in it. He is an esteemed networker who has built affiliations with dozens of groups and programs across the country. His career in telecommunications helped him become established in this field.
This author and world recognized business consultant clearly shows the role of determination and discipline in achieving ones goals. His works allow no room for blame on the leadership calendar. His solutions to fast-moving times are hopeful as well as driven by data. His organization has materials available online to encourage a systematic approach to contemporary challenges.
This popular blogger has also written several books along the theme of the 4-hour workweek. His accomplishments in lifestyle design bring strong support and grounding, leading to immense value in the workplace. His online resources provide access to helpful insight that cannot be found elsewhere.
Change is at the core of his many books, which are centered on the post-industrial revolution that leaders experience today. His marketing blog is exceedingly popular, and his book which describes how the economy will look after the industrial age crumbles is gaining massive success. An entrepreneur behind many businesses, he has reached most notable success with Squidoo.com, where individuals have access to the tools to express their passions and connect with others who share the same goals.
Awards continue to come in for this influential thinker. His most recent recognition was from Thinkers50, who collect and share the best management ideas in the world. His books have been featured on multiple must-read lists of INC Magazine. His program shows aspiring leaders how to move beyond strategies that are causing stagnation and build new ones to find modern success. His international presentations bring the latest businesses leadership ideas across the globe.
Hyatt has interviewed countless authors and business leaders and is renowned for sharing their strategies to help others improve product marketing at the design stage and to work well with others in order to best accomplish organizational goals. He aspires to assist businesses in finding new opportunities around them for growth and increased efficacy. His team works with conference planners to maximize the synergies of the groups.
This trainer hopes to influence others through his blog, books, and conferences. Kawasaki is often esteemed for the way he balances content with style. Considering his background with Apple, it is not surprising that his client list includes some of the largest corporations in the nation. His AllTop.com site compiles the most popular contemporary topics to leaders, which can be tailored to the reader’s tastes.
This CEO of N2Growth is a leadership advisor to some of the largest global businesses. His books, columns, and blogs are quoted across the board and have been recognized with numerous certificates and awards. His company has a broad spectrum of services and provides a networking hub that meets clients’ unique needs.
Daniel H. Pink
Daniel Pink’s latest book, ‘To Sell is Human’, explores relationships that connect individuals in our world. This look at marketing and sales mixes social sciences with burgeoning research. Taking the methods described here is expected to increase leaders’ options with proven strategies for selling to those we live and work with. His popular blog keeps these ideas updated.
This developer of Neuro Linguistic Programming brings a holistic approach to personal development and leadership training. His process grants leaders the energy to achieve their dreams. The psychological basis of his works respects the human processes that lead to overcoming obstacles and achieving business goals. Some 40 million people across the globe have participated in his program are using his system to change their lives.
Committed to making other peoples’ lives richer, this presenter gives daily encouragement to his followers in small doses on his blog. His readers can arrange the frequency of which these insights are delivered to them. Aspiring business leaders can watch to apply these insights in the workplace. His efforts with the Lead Change Group support a leadership revolution. Their members support each other in sharing expertise and resources to make this happen.
This award winning author has just published The Happiness Project, which chronicles her experiences and incorporates the wisdom she has gained into contemporary business advice. Her labors have given leadership a new face to those seeking to contribute to the lives of those closest at hand. The new field of positive psychology, which Rubin stresses, has much to offer to those crafting their careers as business leaders.
This co-founder of Brazen Careerist wants to help the next generation of business professionals manage their careers with maximum efficiency. She has authored an award winning book as well as numerous magazine and newspaper columns. While she has a busy schedule focusing primarily on her blogs, she is still available for individual coaching.
Tying down this management consultant is challenging because she is so eclectic. Her vast education is at the service of not-for-profits and community groups to maintain integrity in times of controversial social changes. She is the co-founder and past president of the Berkana Institute, which has established partnerships throughout the globe to strengthen communities within their own traditions. She works with organizations that are focused on the latest areas of epigenetics and neuroscience.
This graphic designer has worked hard to provide leadership training that is maximally accessible and comprehensive. Her company works with global brands to help participants think in new ways and participate actively in presentations. Duarte was recently in the spotlight when she gave a TED presentation, which received high ratings and can be found on the TED website.
This journalist was nominated four times for a Pulitzer Prize. She interviewed over 200 women in leadership to prepare the book Pearls. She has worked hard to provide pathways for women who are moving into leadership positions in business and government. Her work has helped leaders build sustainable enterprises and find effective counters for disruptions that can occur in the workplace and in personal life. Germer writes that putting negativity aside can bring great clarity to aspiring leaders and can open up opportunities around every corner.