John Stahl-Wert is a best-selling author, an internationally known speaker and an expert in growing great leaders. He has touched the hearts of over 100,000 people from around the world through his highly praised books, keynote addresses, and collaborative workshops. John is a working executive, serving as president of the Newton Institute (a subsidiary of Newton Consulting) and director of the Center for Serving Leadership. He is former president and director of the Pittsburgh Leadership Foundation, and is founder and former CEO of Serving Ventures.
John’s internationally best-selling books, The Serving Leader and Ten Thousand Horses, co-authored with Ken Jennings, have been translated into nine languages, gaining praise from leadership gurus Frances Hesselbeing, Max DePree, Ken Blanchard, Laurie Beth Jones, and William Pollard, and from executives at such corporations as Amylin Pharmaceuticals, Boston Scientific, Integris, Inc., The UPS Store, Trilogy Global Advisors, and U.S. Cellular.
In 2008, John published With: A True Story, a book that expands his reputation for deeply moving storytelling and takes up some of the most profound and challenging theological questions. His latest book, The Serving Leader for the People of God, co-authored with Elizabeth Wourms, applies the power of The Serving Leader‘s actions in the unique context of ministry. The Serving Leader for the People of God offers compelling biblical and theological foundations for The Serving Leader.
Whether in his books, stories or keynote speeches, John addresses the challenges of life and leadership with an authority of understanding that quickly connects him to the minds and hearts of his audiences. John’s presence in the room — his generous soul and passionate intelligence — raises sights and lifts spirits. Whether reflecting on matters of leadership, human engagement, trust, or personal and professional growth, those who encounter John come away knowing that he deeply grasps the daily human challenge of leading and living well.
John works with organizations that want to build great leaders who bring out the very best in their people. His research and writing on leadership and management focus on both the character qualities and the core competencies found in those leaders who consistently outperform the competition and attract the very best workers. John speaks on the subjects of leadership, worker engagement, and personal and professional transformation.
Through leading Serving Leader Cohorts in cities around the world, embedding Serving Leader Practices inside great companies, and certifying Serving Leader Trainers, John’s passion is to build a worldwide community of Serving Leader practitioners.