How a leadership keynote speaker can impact your organization.
An organization’s leadership impacts much more than revenue earned and profits made. Leadership affects everything from the culture of a company to its perception in the marketplace. Choosing a leadership keynote speaker for your next event means giving your audience the chance to be inspired and motivated to become true leaders regardless of their position or role.
The right leadership keynote speaker can address specific needs and challenges of their audiences. Does your company need to strengthen community, build stronger relationships, or develop leaders within your organization? Is now the right time to challenge the leaders within your organization to perform at higher levels?
Who are the best leadership keynote speakers for 2024?
At Michelle Joyce Speakers, we have more than two decades of event industry experience, making us a trusted source for industry knowledge and information. Our passion for this industry makes us enthusiastic about sharing that knowledge. And our numerous contacts across the industry mean we are happy to be a resource for you.
We’re often asked, “Who are the best leadership speakers right now?” It’s a challenging question because the topic of leadership is so broad – as are the numbers of keynote speakers who present on that subject. Finding the right leadership speaker for your event will depend on the specific goals you have for your audience. Every year, we come up with a list of who we think are some of the most effective and respected leadership keynote speakers in the world today.
It comes as no surprise that a few of our speakers are included in this list because we do think they are among the best at what they do. At the same time, we recognize there are many other great speakers out there too. In our efforts to educate all event organizers, here is a list of nine speakers we feel have earned an incredibly solid reputation in the leadership keynote space.
Alan Stein, Jr.: Alan Stein, Jr. teaches proven strategies to create effective leadership, improve organizational performance, increase team cohesion and collaboration, and develop winning mindsets, rituals, and routines. A veteran basketball performance coach, Alan spent 15+ years working with the highest-performing basketball players on the planet (including NBA superstars Kevin Durant, Steph Curry, and Kobe Bryant).
In his corporate keynote programs and workshops, Alan shares real-world lessons, illustrated by powerful stories, so that every audience can immediately put new ideas into action. He has a passion for helping organizations create high-performance cultures. Learn more about Alan’s programs HERE.
Anton Gunn: Former senior advisor to President Barack Obama and a leading expert on Socially Conscious Leadership, Anton has spent his life helping leaders build diverse, high-performing teams and create world-class workplace cultures.
Anton’s programs teach that anyone can become an influential and effective leader when they know how to serve, empower, and create a legacy of trust in the workplace. Learn more about Anton’s programs HERE.
Jim Knight: Keynote speaker and author of Leadership That Rocks, Jim Knight led Global Training for Hard Rock International for two decades, developing cutting-edge training concepts and winning industry awards. Now he shares that expertise with organizations of all shapes and sizes, delivering real-world strategies and best practices that any leader can immediately put into practice. Known for his signature spikey hair and rock star vibe, Jim’s leadership programs are fun, engaging, and impactful. Learn more about Jim’s programs HERE.
Colette Carlson: Successful, effective leaders recognize the need to authentically connect and communicate on a human level to create influence and impact. And that is precisely what Colette Carlson’s program The Connected Leader delivers. A Hall of Fame keynote speaker and human behavior expert, Colette has more than 20 years of experience helping organizations change behaviors that impact their success. Her corporate programs on leadership communication techniques help attendees inspire action, address conflict, and drive positive change. Learn more about Colette’s programs HERE.
Mark Sanborn: An international bestselling author of eight books and award-winning keynote speaker, Mark Sanborn’s list of clients reads like the “Who’s Who” of global brands. He is a trusted expert and thought leader, delivering practical, cutting-edge insight around core leadership principles. He is consistently recognized on global leadership lists, and is Leadership Expert in Residence at High Point University. With a passion for developing leaders at every level, Mark is also a member of the exclusive Speakers Roundtable – representing 20 of the top speakers in the country today.
Mark’s popular keynote programs on Extraordinary Leadership help to drive change, ignite transformation, and create an inspired workplace culture. Learn more about Mark’s programs HERE.
Carey Lohrenz: A pioneer in military aviation, Carey Lohrenz is first female F-14 Tomcat pilot. Having flown missions worldwide as a combat, mission-ready United States Navy pilot, Carey is familiar with fastmoving, dynamic environments where inconsistent execution can generate catastrophic results. She is the author of Fearless Leadership: High-Performance Lessons from the Flight Deck and is requested by name from some of the top Fortune 100 companies. Learn more about Carey’s programs HERE.
Steve Gutzler: Research shows that 83% of the time, people can effectively manage relationships and tasks. However, in those 17% moments – when interactions become more challenging, and work becomes more difficult – people discover the hard truth of whether or not they are able to continue to operate at their full potential. This truth is at the heart of emotional intelligence and leadership. A dynamic keynote speaker and executive coach to numerous CEOs, Steve Gutzler provides strategies on how to self-manage those 17% moments in business and life. His leadership keynote programs inspire greatness at every level. Learn more about Steve’s programs HERE.
Peter Sheahan: One of the smartest people we’ve ever met, Peter Sheahan teaches companies how to turn challenge into opportunity and disruption into growth. In Peter’s words, “Companies don’t transform, leaders do.” A founder of four, successful global companies, he teaches leaders how to successfully migrate their organizations from one competitive advantage to the next. Learn more about Peter’s programs HERE.
Josh Linkner: When leaders feel the responsibility to innovate, but have a hard time getting started, Josh Linkner teaches them how to de-risk the creative process, build the capacity to unlock breakthroughs, and gain the confidence to take responsible risks. His practical framework shows leaders how to unleash small, daily acts that drive big results over time. (And his widely successful career is proof it all works.) Learn more about Josh’s programs HERE.
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At Michelle Joyce Speakers, we help you find the ideal speakers for your events. We are proud to represent some of the absolute best in this industry. In fact, Alan Stein, Jr, Jim Knight, Mark Sanborn, Colette Carlson, and Steve Gutzler are exclusively represented by our team. To book any of our speakers – including our leadership keynote speakers listed above – contact us here.
Do you have a favorite leadership speaker? Let me know in the comments or send me an email – I’d love to hear who they are and just what earned them the top spot on your list!