Richard Leider

Founder, Inventure – The Purpose Company, Best-Selling Author


Purposeful Leadership

About Richard:

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

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 20 languages. Repacking Your Bags and The Power of Purpose are considered classics in the personal growth field.

Background and Experience:

As a senior fellow at the University of Minnesota’s acclaimed Center for Spirituality and Healing, he founded The Purpose Project, a curated compilation of resources—research, reports, articles, talks, and more—from business thought leaders around the world to help people and organizations become purpose-driven. 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, and is the Life Coach-in-Residence at Youth Frontiers.

He is also 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 pioneer of the global purpose movement, his work is featured regularly in many media sources, including PBS and NPR. His PBS special The Power of Purpose was viewed by millions of people across the US.

Combining cutting-edge science with positive psychology, Richard works with leaders and people of all ages to help them unlock the power of purpose.

Education and Training:

Richard holds a master’s degree in counseling and is a National Certified Counselor, and a National Certified Master Career Counselor.

Richard's Insights

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You Might Be a Conversational Narcissist and Not Even Know It (Here’s How to Tell)

In this guest blog from Richard Leider, explore the concept of conversational narcissism, then learn how you can unlock the power of Purposeful Leadership to supercharge your own leadership potential. If you have the tendency to make every conversation about you, you might be a “conversational narcissist” and not even know it. Here are 3 signs you are and practices to help address this.

Are You Fulfilling Your Life Purpose? Answer These 7 Questions Now!

There are no rigid formulas for how to write your purpose statement as a leader, mentor or coach, but there are many helpful techniques to assist you. Here are seven thought-provoking questions to get you started.

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