WORLD'S TOP 25 LEADERSHIP EXPERTS
 
 
John C. Maxwell

John C. Maxwell is an internationally recognized leadership expert, speaker, and author who has sold over 13 million books. His organizations have trained more than 2 million leaders worldwide. Each year he speaks to Fortune 500 companies, international government leaders, and organizations as diverse as the United States Military Academy at West Point and the National Football League. A New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and Business Week best-selling author, Maxwell was one of 25 authors and artists named to Amazon.com's 10th Anniversary Hall of Fame. Three of his books, The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership, Developing the Leader Within You, and The 21 Indispensable Qualities of a Leader have each sold over a million copies. Follow John C. Maxwell on Twitter@johncmaxwell

What Changed for 2010: Not enough to displace John from the top of our 2010 list of Top Leadership Experts. More quality leadership wisdom from John with "Leadership Gold" and his other video, speaking and writing endeavors keep John solidly at the top of the leadership profession. 

 
Leadership Ranking:
         
Inspirational
 
 
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Stephen Covey

Dr. Covey dedicates his life to teaching principle-centered living and leadership to individuals, families, and organizations. Holder of an MBA from Harvard and a doctorate degree from Brigham Young University, Dr. Covey is author of the international bestseller, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, named the #1 Most Influential Business Book of the Twentieth Century, and other best sellers that include First Things First , Principle-Centered Leadership, and The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Families. Follow Stephen Covey on Twitter @StephenRCovey

What Changed for 2010: Recognized as one of Time magazine's 25 most influential Americans, his book sales have reached over 20 million books sold (in 38 languages) and his latest book, The 8th Habit , has sold nearly 400,000 copies - All of these accomplishments are more than enough to maintain Dr. Covey's number 2 ranking on our 2010 list of Top Leadership Experts.

 

 
Leadership Ranking:
         
Inspirational
 
 
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Ken Blanchard

Ken Blanchard is a leading authority on the topic of leadership. As the Chief Spiritual Officer of The Ken Blanchard Companies®, he continues to put his mark on the field of leadership. Ken is the Author several books including the Best Selling One Minute Manager Series that has sold Millions of copies around the world. Follow Ken Blanchard on Twitter @kenblanchard 

What Changed for 2010: To move up 5 spots on our 2010 list of Top Leadership Experts at this stage of his career is a testament to the passion and zeal for leadership exhibited by Ken Blanchard. His new book "Helping People Win at Work" is sure to become another classic. 

 
Leadership Ranking:
         
Inspirational
 
 
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5 3 8
 
 
Ram Charan

Ram Charan is a highly acclaimed speaker and advisor. He is the coauthor of Execution and the author of What the CEO Wants You to Know and many other books. A noted expert on business strategy, Ram has coached some of the world's most successful CEOs, and for more than thirty-five years has worked behind the scenes at companies like GE, KLM, Bank of America, DuPont, Novartis, EMC, Dell and Verizon, helping them to develop, shape and implement their strategic direction.

What Changed for 2010: His new book "Leadership In The Era of Economic Uncertainty," and being named as a Senior Fellow at Wharton along with many other notable achivements have catapulted Ram up 6 spots on our 2010 list of Top Leadership Experts. 

 
Leadership Ranking:
         
Inspirational
 
 
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6 4 10
 
 
Tim Ferris

Tim is best known for his best-selling book, The 4-Hour Work Week. Tim is an angel investor nominated as one of Fast Company's 'Most Innovative Business People of 2007.' Once called the "Indiana Jones for the digital age," he speaks six languages and runs a multinational firm from wireless locations worldwide. He speaks internationally about using entrepreneurship as a tool for ideal lifestyle design and world change. Follow Tim Ferriss on Twitter @tferriss

What Changed for 2010: Tim Ferriss is representative of the next generation leader. He walks his talk, and lives what he teaches. His provocative, challenging and edgy approach to leadership made him the biggest mover on our 2010 Top Leadership Experts list rising 11 spots.

 
Leadership Ranking:
         
Inspirational
 
 
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11 5 16
 
 
Mark Driscoll

Mark Driscoll is one of the most influential voices in the leadership world today. He is the senior pastor at Mars Hill Church which today draws more than 6,000 people each Sunday in Seattle. His sermons are downloaded more than a million times a year. Driscoll also co-founded and is president of the Acts 29 Church Planting Network having helped launch more than 100 churches in the U.S. and seven countries. Most recently he founded and leads the Resurgence Missional Theology Cooperative, a resource enabling people to effectively reach their community by leading biblically faithful and culturally relevant lives. Follow Mark Driscoll on Twitter @PastorMark

What Changed for 2010: Mark's unique approach and lin your face leadership qualities are changing the way people look at Christianity. Breaking through into the mainstream media with multiple appearances on ABC's Nightline and a regular column in the Washington Post have moved Mark up 2 spots on our 2010 List of Leadership Experts.

 
Leadership Ranking:
         
Inspirational
 
 
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2 6 8
 
 
Anthony Robbins

Anthony Robbins is the original "coach" who is often credited with pioneering the current genre of success experts. He is a highly sought after speaker and the author of numerous books. He became well known through the use of firewalking in his seminars. He initially studied Neuro-Linguistic Programming, but went on to develop his own methods. He is now considered as the Leader of Leaders and the world's most recognized success coach. Follow Tony Robbins on Twitter @TONYRobbins

What Changed for 2010: Tony Robbins moved up one spot on the 2010 Top Leadership list for his ever present contributions to the leadership industry. NBC recently announced that it picked-up eight episodes of a new reality show starring Tony Robbins, He spoke at the TED conference, and continues to coach some of the most successful leaders on the planet.

 
Leadership Ranking:
         
Inspirational
 
 
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1 7 8
 
 
Rudy Giuliani

Rudy Giuliani is the Founder & Chairman of Giuliani Partners, a political activist, and a best selling author on topic of leadership.  He is a former Presidential candidate, US Attorney, and two term Mayor of New York City, and was credited with initiating improvements in the city's quality of life and with a reduction in crime.  Giuliani gained international attention for his leadership, during and after the September 11th, 2001 attacks on the World Trade Center. In 2001, Mr. Giuliani was named Time Magazine's Person of the Year. 

What Changed for 2010: Even post election, Mr. Giuliani is a force in the world of leadership. His straight forward, if not provocative approach continue to make him a favorite in the media and on the speaking circuit. 

 
Leadership Ranking:
         
Inspirational
 
 
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5 8 3
 
 
Jack Welch

Jack Welch is a business writer of a widely read weekly column The Welch Way, which he writes with his wife, Suzy Welch.  This column appears in BusinessWeek magazine and is published by the New York Times syndicate in more than 45 major newspapers around the world, reaching more than 8 million readers.   The Welches are also the co-authors of Winning, a #1 Wall Street Journal and international bestseller, and its companion volume, Winning: The Answers.  In 2001, he wrote his #1 New York Times and also international best-selling autobiography, Jack - Straight from the Gut.

Jack is currently the head of Jack Welch, LLC, where he serves as Special Partner with the private equity firm, Clayton, Dubilier & Rice and is a consultant to IAC (Interactive Corp).  He is a contributor on a variety of television network business shows and speaks to business audiences and students around the world.  Jack also teaches a leadership course at MIT’s Sloan School of Management.  
 
Born in Salem, Massachusetts, Jack received his undergraduate degree from the University of Massachusetts and an MS and PhD in chemical engineering from the University of Illinois.  He began his career with the General Electric Company in 1960, and in 1981 became the Company’s 8th Chairman & CEO.  During his 20+ year tenure as CEO, the Company’s market capitalization rose from $13 billion to $400 billion, while revenues grew from $27 billion to $125 billion and earnings grew tenfold to almost $14 billion.  In 2000, he was named "Manager of the Century" by Fortune magazine. Follow Jack Welch on Twitter @jack_welch

What Changed for 2010: Mr. Welch overcame some health issues in 2009 which sidelined him for a bit, but in typical Welch style, the reach of hs syndicated columns, his presence on Twitter, and his active involvement in many activities kept him in our top 10. 

 
Leadership Ranking:
         
Inspirational
 
 
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4 9 5
 
 
Mike Myatt

Mike Myatt, is widely regarded as America's Top CEO Coach, and is a leading expert on the topic of leadership. His most recent book, "Leadership Matters...The CEO Survival Manual" is a ground breaking book on what it takes to reach the C-suite and stay there. Mr. Myatt is also a syndicated columnist and contributing editor on topics of leadership and branding. His theories and practices have been taught at many of the nation's top business schools, and his work has been noted in several major publications. He is also the author of the N2growth Blog and he is a frequent keynote presenter on the subject of leadership and branding. Follow Mike Myatt on Twitter @mikemyatt

What Changed for 2010: It is difficult to mention the phrase leadership development and not have Mr. Myatt's name surface in conversation. He is perhaps the most often quoted individual amongst today's leadership professionals, and moved up 3 spots in our 2010 list of Top Leadership Experts. 

 
Leadership Ranking:
         
Inspirational
 
 
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3 10 13
 
 
Robin Sharma

Robin Sharma is one of the most widely read authors in the world with his blockbusters such as The Greatness Guide (HarperCollins) and The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari (HarperCollins) not only topping bestseller lists but being translated into nearly 50 languages. He is also a trusted advisor to the media on leadership issues and has appeared on CNN, CNBC and NBC. Follow Robin Sharma on Twitter @_robin_sharma

What Changed for 2010: Robin Sharma's inspirational approach and magnetic personality continue to fuel the rise of his global leadership star. Mr. Sharma maintained his position ranked #11 on our 2010 Top Leadership Experts List.

 
Leadership Ranking:
         
Exceptional
 
 
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Jim Collins

Jim Collins is a frequent speaker and author on the subjects of business and leadership. He is a student and teacher of enduring great companies -- how they grow, how they attain superior performance, and how good companies can become great companies. Having invested over a decade of research into the topic, Jim has authored or co-authored four books, including the classic BUILT TO LAST, and GOOD TO GREAT. His work has been featured in Fortune, The Wall Street Journal, Business Week, Harvard Business Review, and Fast Company.

What Changed for 2010: Even though Mr. Collins was not as active with current works in 2009 as some of the other members of our list, the significance that his collective body or works has had on the leadership is truly staggering. For this reason Jim Collins held his position at number 12 on our 2010 list of Top Leadershp Experts.

 
Leadership Ranking:
         
Exceptional
 
 
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Tom Peters

Tom Peters is one of the foremost business thinkers of our time. Fortune compares him to Ralph Waldo Emerson, Henry David Thoreau, Walt Whitman, and H.L. Mencken. The Economist tagged him the “Uber-guru”—and BusinessWeek’s take on his “unconventional views” led them to label him “business’s best friend and worst nightmare.” Tom Peters is a frequent speaker and author on topic of business and leadership. Follow Tom Peters on Twitter @tom_peters

What Changed for 2010: There is simply more competition in the leadership space than there used to be, and Mr. Peters has been a casualty of the proliferation of more active players in this space. That said, he has a new book due out this year, and we're sure his independence, authenticity, candor and knowledge will keep him on our list for years to come.

 
Leadership Ranking:
         
Exceptional
 
 
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9 13 4
 
 
Marshall Goldsmith

Marshall Goldsmith is an executive coach, author of several books, and frequent speaker on the topic of Leadership. His firm, Marshall Goldsmith Partners LLC is a leadership development firm that delivers consistently superior executive coaching as well as other leadership development services to clients globally. You can follow Marshall on Twitter @coachgoldsmith

What Changed for 2010: While not as personally active in coaching as he once was, his contributions to the leadership profession through his writing, speaking and teaching are prolific. His book The Organization o the Future is widely regarded as one of the best business books of 2009, and the much anticipated Mojo is certain to be a classic. For these reasons Mr. Goldsmith held his number 14 ranking on our 2010 list of Top Leadership Experts.

 

 
Leadership Ranking:
         
Exceptional
 
 
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Warren Bennis

Dr. Warren Bennis is one of the nation's foremost authorities on leadership, organizational development, and change. Since 1979, Dr. Bennis has served as University Professor and Distinguished Professor of the Marshall School of Business at the University of Southern California. He considers that he has entered a truly generative stage in his life, one in which he pursues his greatest joy, writing, while also mentoring and taking pleasure in "people growing."

What Changed for 2010: While Dr. Bennis is not as active as he once was, no list of leadership experts is credible without noting the individual who originally developed the practice area of leadership as a discipline. His contributions to the profession and his collective body of works is more than enough to maintain his position as number 15 on our 2010 list of Top Leadership Experts.

 
Leadership Ranking:
         
Exceptional
 
 
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Meg Whitman

Meg has a passion for business, leadership, and for helping people achieve their dreams. Her 30-year career includes helping companies, such as Stride Rite, Bain & Company and Procter & Gamble, and working on much-loved brands, such as Mr. Potato Head, Keds and Barney. At FTD, she helped a network of florists strengthen their business networks. And at Hasbro and Disney, she helped spark the imaginations of children and encouraged them to live to their full potential with educational toys, shows and programs. In 1998, she joined a start-up company in Silicon Valley. At the time, few people could see the potential in a company with 30 employees and a little over $4 million in revenue. But Meg did. She was inspired by what she saw -- a company dedicated to helping millions of people reach their goals of launching and building their own businesses. And she knew. This was the company for her. The rest is history...Follow Meg Whitman on Twitter @Whitman2010

What Changed in 2010: Ms. Whitman has placed her corporate interests aside for the time being and is focused on her gubernatorial campaign in the State of California. Her reputation, contributions and continued impact on the field of leadership have kept her on our 2010 list. 

 
Leadership Ranking:
         
Great
 
 
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10 16 6
 
 
Clayton Christensen

Clayton M. Christensen is the Robert and Jane Cizik Professor of Business Administration at the Harvard Business School, with a joint appointment in the Technology & Operations Management and General Management faculty groups. Professor Christensen's research and teaching interests center on managing innovation and creating new growth markets. Professor Christensen holds a B.A. with highest honors in Economics from Brigham Young University, and an M.Phil. in Applied Econometrics and the Economics of Less-Developed Countries from Oxford University, where he studied as a Rhodes Scholar. He received an MBA with High Distinction from the Harvard Business School, graduating as a George F. Baker Scholar. Clayton Christensen was awarded his DBA from the Harvard Business School as well. A seasoned entrepreneur, Clayton M.Christensen has founded three successful companies. The first, CPS Corporation, is an advanced materials manufacturing company that he founded in 1984 with several MIT professors. The second, Innosight, is a consulting and training company focused on problems of strategy, innovation, and growth that Professor Christensen founded with several of his former students in 2000. Innosight Capital, the third firm, was launched in 2005. From 1979 to 1984 Clayton Christensen worked with the Boston Consulting Group (BCG). In 1982 Professor Christensen was named a White House Fellow, and served as assistant to U.S. Transportation Secretaries Drew Lewis and Elizabeth Dole.

What Changed for 2010: Mr Christensen is perhaps the brightest leadership star wihin the world of Academia. Widely respected in both the public and private sector he is arguably one of the most recognized thought leaders on the topic of innovation which accounts for his rise on our 2010 list of Top Leadership Experts.

 
Leadership Ranking:
         
Great
 
 
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5 17 22
 
 
Tony Dungy

Tony Dungy is the best selling author of UnCommon. Tony led the Indianapolis Colts to Super Bowl victory on February 4, 2007, the first such win for an African American coach. Dungy had taken eight of his previous ten teams to the playoffs. With this victory, he joined Mike Ditka and Tom Flores as the only individuals to win the Super Bowl as a player and head coach. Dungy has been involved in a wide variety of charitable organizations, including the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Athletes in Action, Mentors for Life, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Boys & Girls Clubs, the Prison Crusade Ministry, and All Pro Dad. He also works with Basket of Hope, the Black Coaches Association National Convention, Indiana Black Expo, the United Way of Central Indiana, and the American Diabetes Association.

What Changed for 2010: As Mr. Dungy furthers his transition away from football into the business sector the more his leadership acumen is recognized and appreciated beyond the world of athletics. Mr. Dungy maintained his ranking for 2010.

 
Leadership Ranking:
         
Great
 
 
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Sydney Finkelstein

Sydney Finkelstein is the Steven Roth Professor of Management at Dartmouth's Tuck School of Business. He is widely known as one of the top authorities on strategy and leadership. His group is one of the highest rated at Tuck, and it has helped to propel Dartmouth's Tuck School to somewhere near the top of recent business school ratings—including the number one spot in the most recent Wall Street Journal ranking. Follow Sydney Finkelstein on Twitter  @TheSydBlog

What Changed for 2010: For the author of 11 books and one of the brightest minds in the leadership profession, Mr. Finkelstein remains one of the lessor known members on our list (at least to the public at large). This accounts for his modest slipage in our 2010 rankings.

 
Leadership Ranking:
         
Great
 
 
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Deepak Chopra

Deepak Chopra is the author of more than fifty books. He is the Adjunct Professor at Kellogg School of Management and Senior Scientist with The Gallup Organization. He is a co-founder and President of the Alliance for a New Humanity. Time magazine heralds Deepak as one of the top 100 heroes and icons of the century. Follow Deepak Chopra on Twitter  @Deepk_chopra

What Changed for 2010: Deepak Chopra is a very popular, if not almost cult-like figure within the leadership profession. He maintains a huge following and his body of work is immense. Mr. Chopra holds his number 20 ranking on our 2010 list of Top Leadership Experts.  

 
Leadership Ranking:
         
Very Good
 
 
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Harvey MacKay

Harvey Mackay is the author of the New York Times #1 bestsellers Swim With The Sharks Without Being Eaten Alive and Beware the Naked Man Who Offers You His Shirt. Both books are among the top 15 inspirational business books of all time, according to the New York Times. Mr. MacKay is also a popular and entertaining business speaker and was named one of the top five speakers in the world by Toastmasters International. Follow Harvey MacKay on Twitter @HarveyMacKay

What Changed in 2010: Entrepreneur turned author turned speaker Harvey MacKay is one of the most sought after speakers in the world. His practical in the trenches approach to leadership holds his number 21 ranking on our 2010 list of Top Leadership Experts.

 
Leadership Ranking:
         
Very Good
 
 
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Jack Canfield

Jack Canfield is best known as the co-creator of the Chicken Soup for the Soul book series, which currently has nearly 200 titles and 112 million copies in print. He also founded The Transformational Leadership Council, a group of thought leaders, speakers, authors, coaches and other leaders in the fields of personal and professional development. His passion is teaching people to love themselves and to pursue their dreams with passion. Follow Jack Canfield on Twitter @J_Canfield

What Changed in 2010: Jack Canfield continues to help individuals become better leaders in the quest for continued personal development and success. For Jack's contributions to the leadership development field he comes in at number 22 in our 2010 list of Top Leadership Experts.

 
Leadership Ranking:
         
Very Good
 
 
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3 22 19
 
 
John Baldoni

John Baldoni is a published author and recognized thought leader in leadership and communications as well as a popular motivational speaker, executive coach, and communications consultant. Follow John Baldoni on Twitter @JohnBaldoni

What Changed for 2010: The release of John's new book "Lead Your Boss" and his Harvard Business Blog were enough to move John up 2 spots on the 2010 list of Top Leadership Experts.

 
Leadership Ranking:
         
Very Good
 
 
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2 23 25
 
 
John Piper

In addition to being a pastor at Bethlehem Baptist Church in Minneapolis, Minnesota, John Piper is the author of more than 30 books and has more than 25 years teaching experience. He grew up in Greenville, South Carolina, and studied at Wheaton College. He went on to earn degrees from Fuller Theological Seminary (B.D.) and the University of Munich (D.theol.). John is well known for his views on leadership. Follow John Piper on Twitter @JohnPiper

What Changed for 2010: As one of the country's most respected Pastors and Theologians Johns books, blog, workshops and even his Tweets are chalk full of solid leadership wisdom. The impact of his global ministry is enough to hold in number 24 ranking on our 2010 list of Top Leadership Experts.

 
Leadership Ranking:
         
Very Good
 
 
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Orrin Woodward

Mr. Woodward speaks on leadership and personal growth across the globe. He co-wrote the NY Times, Wall Street Journal, Business Weekly, USA Today, and Money Magazine best seller, Launching a Leadership Revolution along with a number of other highly sought after leadership books. His highly popular leadership blog has received international acclaim as an Alltop Leadership Selection, HR's Top 100 Blogs for Management and Leadership, and a Universities Online Top 100 Leadership Blog. Orrin was honored as one of the Top 250 people to follow on Twitter - @orrin_woodward

What Changed for 2010: Orrin was on our best of the rest list in 2009 just barely missing the cut. His growing following online and his sought after insights on leadership were enough to put him over the top for 2010.

 
Leadership Ranking:
         
Very Good
 
 
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Best of the Rest

Other's top leadership experts receiving recognition: Leadership professionals meeting our basic criteria, but not ranking highly enough to make the top 25 list are as follows (in alphabetical order by first name): Art Petty, Brian Tracy, Carly Fiorina, Colin Powell, Glenn Beck, Jim Rohn, Patrick Lencioni, Rick Warren, Scott Eblin, Steve Farber, and Wayne Dyer.

 
Leadership Ranking:
         
Good
 
 
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