Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Introducing John Baldoni

This is the second of a multi-part series where I’m introducing readers to some of my favorite (as well as free) outstanding leadership development resources and experts.

John Baldoni is an internationally recognized leadership consultant, coach, author and speaker.

I've got to know John through blogging and Twitter, and recently had an opportunity to speak with him. He’s incredibly passionate about what he does. It doesn’t take long to get inspired about leadership and leadership development after hearing from John.

In 2010 for the second consecutive year, John was named one of the world's top 25 leadership experts by Top Leadership Gurus International. Also in 2010, Leadership Gurus International ranked John No. 12 on its list of global leadership gurus.

I’m sure John would be embarrassed by the “guru” label, because he’s such an authentic and humble guy. However, it’s well deserved.

OK, so John doesn’t coach, speak, and consult for free – but all would be worthwhile ways to invest your leadership development resources.

He does, however, generously offer a lot of other free or low cost great leadership wisdom, including:

1. Awesome books: Two of the most frequent questions I hear from managers are: “How do I develop leadership presence?”, and “How can I get better at managing my boss?” Well, I just read 12 Steps to Power Presence: How to Assert Your Authority to Lead, and loved it. I’ve written about the important of presence and how to develop it, and in this book, John nails it.

I’m in the middle of reading his latest book, Lead Your Boss: The Subtle Art of Managing Up, and again, it's right on. John offers practical and effective advice on how to lead up and influence from the middle.

2. Videos: A library of free videos from John’s presentations.

3. Podcasts: A series of podcasts hosted by

4. Ask John: If you have a question that you’d like John to answer, you can email him at

5. Articles: John is a regular online contributor to Harvard Business Review. John's columns have appeared in the online versions of BusinessWeek, FastCompany, Forbes, Wall Street Journal and the Washington Post well as Leader to Leader and the Wharton Leadership Digest.

6. John’s blog and newsletter. He’s also active on Twitter (@JohnBaldoni), so you can follow him there too.

I hope you take advantage of all of the resources that John has provided to help you and/or your organization become great leaders.

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