Biography

Richard Leider, founder of Inventure – The Purpose Company, is one of America’s preeminent executive-life coaches. He is ranked by Forbes as one of the “Top 5” most respected executive coaches, and by the Conference Board as a “legend in coaching.”

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Richard Leider, founder of Inventure – The Purpose Company, is one of America’s preeminent executive-life coaches. He is ranked by Forbes as one of the “Top 5 most respected executive coaches”, and by the Conference Board as a “legend in coaching.”

Richard, known to his 1 million readers as the “Pope of Purpose”, is a bestselling author and international speaker who writes and speaks about living and leading on purpose.  His ten books, including three best sellers, have been translated into 20 languages. Repacking Your Bags and The Power of Purpose are considered classics in the personal development field.  Richard’s work has taken him to events in all 50 states, every Canadian province, and 15 countries.

As a contributing author to many coaching books, including: Coaching for Leadership, The Art and Practice of Leadership Coaching, Executive Coaching for Results, The Leader of the Future, and The Organization of the Future, Richard is often featured as “The Purpose Coach.”

Widely viewed as a visionary and thought leader on the “power of purpose”, his work is featured regularly in many media sources including PBS public television and NPR public radio. He is featured in the PBS Special – The Power of Purpose.  Richard’s work has been recognized with awards from the Bush Foundation, from which he was awarded a Bush Fellowship and the Fielding Institute’s Outstanding Scholar for Creative Longevity and Wisdom award.

He is one of a select few advisors who have been asked to work with over 100,000 leaders from over 100 organizations such as AARP, Ameriprise, Ericsson, General Mills, Habitat for Humanity, Linkage/Global Institute for Leadership Development, Mayo Clinic, MetLife, National Football League, Pfizer, and United Health Group, and the U.S. Department of State.

Richard holds a Master’s Degree in Counseling and is a National Certified Counselor, a National Certified Career Counselor, and a National Certified Master Career Counselor. As a Senior Fellow at the University of Minnesota’s acclaimed Center for Spirituality and Healing, he founded The Purpose Project. He is co-chairman of the Linkage/Global Institute for Leadership Development, and a member of the Council of Senior Advisors of the FRED Leadership Forum.  He is also a board member of Youth Frontiers, and a founding board member of the Dorobo Fund for Tanzania.

For over 30 years, Richard has led Inventure Expedition walking safaris in Tanzania, East Africa.  He and his wife, Sally, live on the St. Croix River outside of Minneapolis, Minnesota.

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