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.”

Overview

“Why do you get up in the morning?” For more than four decades, Richard has pioneered the way we answer that question. From fast-growing start-ups, to established organizations, universities, summits, and conferences, his message has taken him as a keynote speaker to all 50 states, Canada, and four continents.

Along the way, Richard has written ten books, including three best sellers, which have sold over one million copies and have been translated into over 20 languages. Repacking Your Bags and The Power of Purpose are considered classics in the personal growth field.

As founder of Inventure – The Purpose Company, a coaching and consulting firm, Richard 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.” His colleagues refer to him as the “Pope of Purpose.”

He is 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.

Widely viewed as a global thought leader of the purpose movement, his work is featured regularly in many media sources including PBS public television and NPR public radio. His PBS Special – The Power of Purpose – was viewed by millions of people across the U.S.

He is one of a select few keynote speakers who have been invited to work with over 100,000 leaders from over 100 organizations such as AARP, Ameriprise, Ericsson, General Mills, Habitat for Humanity, Mayo Clinic, MetLife, National Football League, United Health Group, and the U.S. Dept of State. He co-chairs the Global Institute for Leadership Development in Asia.

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 Center for Spirituality and Healing, he founded The Purpose Project. 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. Richard is on the Council of Honored Sages of Sage-ing, International.

Connecting cutting-edge research with positive psychology and peak performance, Richard works with leaders, professionals, and executives around the world to help them unlock the power of purposeful leadership.

Whether it is speaking, writing, or coaching, Richard joins intellect with inspiration and science with practice in ways that helps people answer the question, “Why do you get up in the morning?”

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