Jim Hessler is a leadership educator and the author of Land on Your Feet, Not on Your Face

Jim is engaging and challenging and has facilitated hundreds of leadership workshops internationally. He will inspire guests to take a courageous exploration into their leadership legacy, both at work and at home. His proven approach to leadership development challenges and supports the development of leaders at all levels.

He is available for virtual and in-person events.

Speaking Topics

Below is a selection of speaking topics that can be customized to the needs of your organization. Have something else in mind? Get in touch!

Leadership development is a strategy, not a task

In many organizations, leadership development is seen in a narrow context, as something that comes about as a result of “training.” Jim explains why “training” is altogether the wrong word, and also shows the large framework of cultural and structural issues in your organization that impact the development and performance of your current leaders. 

What to do if your boss is a jerk

So many people consider their boss to be difficult, unresponsive, or just downright awful. This presentation is about processing your thoughts and emotions about the situation you’re facing with your “difficult boss” and then creating some actions or approaches that might help things to get better.

The most underrated leadership quality of all (persistence)

This is an exploration of how persistence plays into the leadership equation. It’s an underrated quality, and one that often results in the “less talented” being the best leaders.

What’s changed in leadership over the past 20 years?

Jim Hessler has been a business leader or a teacher and mentor to leaders for more than 30 years. He has some perspective on what’s changed during that time, including some warnings about the directions we’re heading, and some heartfelt appreciation for the ways we’ve become better.

Leading up – tips for increasing your impact with those who outrank you

The existence of hierarchies means that some people have more power than others. In itself, this reality is ripe for disengagement, as the two parties in the relationship judge one another from their respective “perches.” Jim explores how to manage down the status/power dynamic from below, and how to see the respective humanness of the boss and the employee through the fog of titles and the dynamics of power.

The fine (and necessary) art of challenging others

In our work with thousands of leaders over the years, we’d have to say the part of leadership that’s most challenging for people is, well…. Being a challenger to others and to the organization as a whole. Jim explores some ways in which we can get more comfortable with challenging others. When you learn to be an effective challenger, you’ll find your work life will be better, and you’ll be a much more effective agent for change.

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