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John Baldoni

John Baldoni

    • Internationally Recognized Leadership Educator and Coach
    • Top 100 Leadership Speaker (Inc.com)
    • Lifetime Achievement Award for Trust (Trust Across America)
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John Baldoni Speaker Biography

John Baldoni is an internationally recognized leadership consultant, coach, and author of more than dozen books that have been translated into 10 languages.

John has taught what it means to inspire at the top of a mountain in the Canadian Rockies. At sea level in Orlando, Florida, John spoke to nearly one thousand USAF/JAG commissioned and non-commissioned officers on leadership and communication. And his book, Lead Your Boss, was hailed by Harvard Business Review as a “guide that provides useful advice… [and] is encouraging and inspirational.”

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 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 began his business career in a fifteenth floor office with a view of a private golf course. Around the corner was a commanding view of the Pacific Ocean. In between was a recording studio where John produced and edited corporate radio spots. But John gave that all up to start his own business in the spare bedroom of a beachfront rental more than three decades ago.

In time, John established a career as a highly sought after communications consultant and leadership coach, where he had the privilege of working with senior leaders in virtually every industry from pharmaceutical to real estate, packaged goods to automobiles, and finance to health care.

John’s newest book is MOXIE: The Secret of Bold and Gusty Leadership, which explores the grit and determination leaders need to exert to overcome challenges. Blending real-life stories with research and interviews, John provides a roadmap for how leaders can lead with greater awareness, more determined purpose and focused engagement in order to achieve inspired results. MOXIE earned a coveted 5-star review by Success magazine.

His tenth book, Lead With Purpose: Giving Your Organization a Reason to Believe in Itself, solidified John's reputation for blending thought-provoking ideas with pragmatic advice. Over the past decade, John has established himself as a world authority on topics that matter to leaders who are seeking insight into leadership challenges of the day.

His 2012 book, The Leader's Pocket Guide: 101 Indispensable Tools, Tips, and Techniques for Any Situation, has been recognized as a practical resource for those seeking to improve their leadership skills. His follow-up book, The Leader’s Guide to Speaking with Presence, has provided insights that managers need to present their messages and themselves authentically.

John has authored more than 600 leadership columns for a variety of online publications including Forbes, Harvard Business Review and Bloomberg Businessweek. John also produces and appears in a video coaching series for Smart Brief, a news channel with over 4 million opt-in subscribers.

Through his articles, books, and videos, John has become a source of practical wisdom on topics such as influencing without authority, applying power appropriately, leading with grace and conviction, and developing genuine followership. All of these topics complement John’s mission to help individuals and their organization achieve positive results. Consequently, John’s books have been translated into multiple languages including Mandarin, Hungarian, Arabic, Indonesian, Japanese, Korean, Spanish and Vietnamese.

John speaks widely to corporate, professional, military and university audiences. Those who attend John’s keynotes and workshops find his advice to be practical and his advice inspirations. Mixed with stories of great men and women, and leavened with light-hearted humor, John seeks down-to-earth practical advice that individuals can apply immediately. John’s presentations blend his passion for leadership with a genuine enthusiasm for helping people achieve their leadership ambitions.

John lives in Ann Arbor, Michigan with his wife Gail who is an executive in health care. For fun, John golfs and plays piano at area hospitals and at an adult daycare center.

To book leadership speaker John Baldoni call Executive Speakers Bureau at 901-754-9404.

MOXIE: The Secret to Bold and Gutsy Leadership

Leading others to achieve positive results is not easy. Not only must leaders be smart, but they must also be resilient. They need to be able to view challenges as opportunities. And if they are knocked down they need to find ways to pick up themselves as well as their teams. In short successful leaders have something that distinguishes them from others. 

We say they have “moxie” – one part determination, one part smarts, and one part courage!

Leaders need to be opportunistic in the sense of wanting to make positive things happen. Leaders also need to have the disposition to succeed as well as the inner resourcefulness to persevere. We call this the “right stuff to lead,” or X-factors. Leaders know that risk is involved with most ventures so they must be willing to do things differently. They must be innovators. And all good leaders know that they by themselves accomplish very little. They must engage with others to achieve sustainable goals for themselves, their teams and their organizations. Moxie is an attribute that successful leaders utilize to make a positive difference in the world in which they live.

In his keynote “MOXIE: The Secret to Bold and Gutsy Leadership,” John Baldoni will show how leaders can learn to:

  • Mindfulness… Practice it consistently
  • Opportunity… Capitalize on it
  • X-Factor…  Put the “Right Stuff of Leadership” to work
  • Innovation… Create pathways to success
  • Engagement… Achieve intended results with others


Lead with Purpose

When an organization succeeds it is because they know what they do and why they do it. We say they have purpose.

When I speak to executives, I ask them: what would you give to have an entire company full of employees who know what they do, love it and want to keep on doing it. They smile wistfully knowing that such commitment is rare. But in reality, it is only rare because companies do not take enough time nurturing such attitudes in the workplace.

It is up to leaders to make certain that organizational purpose is understood and acted upon. Based on research and interviews with business executives in multiple sectors I have concluded that there are five key people-smart things that businesses must do to succeed in the new future.

In this presentation, John will explore:

  • How defined purpose can help your team thrive and achieve
  • Ways to make people your priority
  • How to turn good intentions into great results
  • How to make employees “comfortable with the uncomfortable” (i.e. ambiguity)
  • How to make it safe to fail (and prevail)
  • How to create your legacy with emerging leaders


Do It Yourself Leadership 

Leaders must take action to develop their abilities. can take cation to demonstrates what you need to do develop yourself, improve your ability to lead peers, and what it takes to lead your organization.

This program is a distillation of coaching lessons that I have used in my executive coaching practice and it is designed to help you become a more self-aware, more focused, and more engaged leader.

In “Do It Yourself Leadership,” John Baldoni will show how leaders can learn to lead themselves, their peers and their teams by doing the following:

  • Demonstrate their character/Think critically
  • Develop the confidence to lead
  • Communicate with authority
  • Resolve conflicts with compromise
  • Deal with adversity
  • Instill company-wide purpose
  • Recognize achievement
  • Coach for success
  • Add buzz to their leadership brand


Influencing from the Middle: Leading Your Boss & Your Peers

“Leading up” is the process of leading your organization from the middle. It requires the mindset of a CEO with the authority of a middle manager. Leading up and from the middle requires two things: influence and action. Influence is necessary to open doors so you can be heard. Action is necessary to implement your plan. Those who succeed at leading from the middle are artful and adept managers. They utilize their management skills to establish goals, plan projects, organize people, and execute projects on time and budget.

"Influencing from the Middle" presents ways that managers can create and leverage their influence to build coalitions to effect positive change and achieve organizational goals. Managers who lead up are those who can influence across boundaries because they have the trust and respect of senior leaders and colleagues. 

In his presentation, John will teach how to:

  • Influence up, down and across the organization
  • Lead bosses and peers to achieve greater results
  • Build a coalition of peers
  • Create the impetus for organizational effectiveness, e.g. making good things happen
  • Become an agent of positive change
  • Ask the right questions at the right time
  • Demonstrate authority, conviction, and compassion
  • Deliver practical tips for leaders who must communicate, delegate, manage and inspire


Lead with Power Presence

Leaders project power through their presence. 

Leadership presence is the outward manifestation of leadership behavior. While leaders project their leadership, followers authorize it with their approval. Leadership presence is “earned authority.” Those two words are important. Earned means you have led by example. 

“Lead with Power Presence” demonstrates ways managers can improve their presence strategically and tactically to develop the trust of their people so that they can accomplish their goals and the goals of the organization. This presentation will guide you through the process of discovering, developing, and delivering on your leadership presence.

“Lead with Power Presence” explains what it takes to be a leader – one who can develop the trust of people to accomplish individual and organizational goals and results. In this presentation, John will teach how to:

  • Project A2 (authenticity/authority) through presence
  • Transform good character into positive action
  • Explore five aspects of authority
  • Leverage power
  • Be Decisive
  • Assert Leadership
  • Instill pride of purpose
  • Project hope and optimism
  • Coach your boss


Communicate. Engage. Win

Communication is not simply delivering information. It must be delivered in a way that is understandable and then inspires listeners and rallies them to action. In short, the leader must connect with his audience. 

The secret to connectedness? Purposeful communications that resonate with:

  • Conviction – determine to do what’s right for others
  • Authority – ability to make a positive difference
  • Confidence – belief in self and commitment to helping others succeed

In his keynote “Communicate. Engage. Win.” John Baldoni will show how leaders can learn to:

  • Think Creatively
  • Foster Innovation
  • Encourage Collaboration
  • Project Confidence
  • Demonstrate Authority
  • Radiate Optimism
  • Communicate Common Cause
  • Develop an Individual Communications Plan
  • Add buzz to your leadership brand

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