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Ira Chaleff

Visiting Leadership Scholar

Ira Chaleff is president of Executive Coaching & Consulting Associates in Washington, DC (www.exe-coach.com). He was named one of the 100 best minds on leadership by Leadership Excellence magazine. Ira is the author of The Courageous Follower, now in its third edition and available in multiple languages, and co-editor of The Art of Followership, part of the Warren Bennis Leadership Series. (www.courageousfollower.net).

He has been cited in the Harvard Business Review as one of the three pioneers in the growing field of Followership Studies. Ira recently completed two terms on the Board of Directors of the International Leadership Association (www.ila-net.org) and is founder of its Followership Community of Learning. He is chair emeritus of the non-partisan Congressional Management Foundation (www.congressfoundation.org), which conducts research and training for congressional offices.

His new book, Intelligent Disobedience: Doing Right When What You’re Told to Do Is Wrong was named the best leadership book of 2015 by the University of San Diego (www.intelligentdisobedience.net) His research for this book led him to the field of early childhood development, and a focus on balancing society’s requirements for obedience with the skills to say “no” to violations of trust by authority figures. www.blinkthink.net . Ira is adjunct faculty at the Federal Executive Institute in Charlottesville, Virginia where he conducts courageous follower classes for hundreds of senior civilian and military senior managers.