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About the Institute

The Institute for Leadership Excellence & Development Inc. works with business professionals around the world who are struggling with how to deliver projects and lead teams.

We help professionals maintain a balanced life while they get focused, take action, and achieve stellar results.

Our keynotes, workshops, and executive coaching services have reached tens of thousands of people from hundreds of companies over the years, helping them deliver their projects, become more confident leaders, take focused action, and to achieve the results they desire while maintaining a balanced life.

Here are just some of the organizations we have helped:

  • Amgen

  • Caterpillar

  • Microsoft

  • Northern Trust

  • Verizon Wireless

  • University of Pennsylvania Health System

  • McDonald's

  • W.W. Grainger

  • Cognizant Technology Solutions

  • University of Arizona

  • United Airlines

  • Information Resources, Inc.

  • Fellowes, Inc.

  • McKesson Corp

  • Tennessee Bar Association

  • DOW
  • Angus Chemical
  • National Instruments
  • Emerson

  • Wheaton College

  • Pennsylvania Hospital
  • ExxonMobil

  • ConocoPhillips

  • Bridgestone America Holdings

The Institute brings together exceptionally talented speakers, trainers, and coaches from across North America to deliver the performance improvement you need. 

Call us to find out how the Institute can be a key part of making your upcoming corporate event, conference, or training initiative a real success.  Call us toll-free at 866-88 I-LEAD (866-884-5323).


About Andy Kaufman

Andy Kaufman is an international speaker, author, and executive coach, and President of the Institute for Leadership Excellence & Development Inc.

Andy brings a rich background of over 25 years of experience in executive management, technology, team leadership, project management, consulting, and coaching. His focus is all about transforming organizations through proven, holistic, real-world approaches.

Andy is a certified trainer and author of Navigating the Winds of Change: Staying on Course in Business & in Life, Shining the Light on The Secret, and an e-book entitled How to Organize Your Inbox & Get Rid of E-Mail Clutter, both published by Zurich Press.  He is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP®) and a member of the Project Management Institute (PMI®).

Before founding the Institute, Andy was the Vice President of U.S. Systems for ACNielsen. He was responsible for running the Decision Support segment of ACNielsen's business. His teams were responsible for designing, developing, and implementing sophisticated market research systems for the company's clients around the world. Prior to ACNielsen, Andy was the Director of Development at CCC Information Services, Inc. and Manager of Product Development at Baxter.

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"PMI and PMP" are trademarks, service marks or certification marks of the Project Management Institute, Inc., which is registered in the United States and other nations.


Our Core Leadership Principles

  • We believe meaningful, sustainable success for a team or organization over the long haul requires development of the overall leadership competencies of the individuals.  Technology changes quickly.  The competitive landscape can likewise change overnight.  The economic environment will remain turbulent.  To navigate all this, you need leaders who can adapt to the changes and lead your organization through them.
  • We believe leaders are responsible for both delivering results and building capability.  Results are critically important, but if they are delivered without building capability--putting in place skills, processes, etc. to make it easier to deliver next time--the delivery success will not be sustainable.
  • We believe organizational effectiveness is dependent on the people that make up the organization, and that employee satisfaction is a critical dependency to achieve customer satisfaction and shareholder value. By intentionally developing, nurturing, and valuing the diversity of the people of the organization, we reap growth and effectiveness of the business. By ignoring this fundamental principle, no strategy or process can provide a sustained foundation for growth.
  • We believe each person in a company is an incredibly complex, multi-dimensional individual that cannot be simply categorized in a box or considered a “resource”. Companies must fundamentally understand that each individual has a physical, emotional, intellectual, and spiritual dimension, and that encouraging balance in the dimensions leads to more effective performance.
  • We believe there are great reserves of untapped leadership capability in every organization and individual. By discovering and developing that leadership capability (“increasing leadership bandwidth”) with practical, proven approaches, we help unleash significant leaps in personal and organizational performance.
  • We believe that leaders can be made, and that leadership skills can be developed through clear, practical teaching and modeling.
  • We believe leadership is only developed over time.  Leadership is not a class--it's a process--and it must be intentionally charted, customized to the individual, coached, tracked, and revised as conditions warrant.
  • We believe one of the first jobs of a leader is to see reality.  With a firm grasp of how things are right now and a clear vision for how they want to create the future, they are able to chart a course to follow. 
  • We believe true leaders understand how completely interdependent we are.  Growing personal initiative and independence is important, but over time we realize that true success at work and in life is not attainable on our own.
  • We believe the climate of rapid change and high ambiguity is here to stay and will increasingly be a challenge for organizations regardless of industry, size, or geographical location. Thus, it is critical that companies develop their leaders to thrive in the midst of ambiguity.

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