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Ira Chaleff is the author of The Courageous Follower: Standing Up To and For Our Leaders, now in its third edition, and coeditor of The Art of Followership: How Great Followers Make Great Leaders and Organizations, part of the Warren Bennis Leadership Series. 

Ira has been named one of the “100 best minds on leadership” by Leadership Excellence magazine. He is the founder of the International Leadership Association’s Followership Learning Community and a member of the ILA board of directors. He was cited in the Harvard Business Review as pioneer in the growing field of followership studies. Ira has watched with pride as the concept of followership has moved from obscurity to a topic of study in universities, conferences, and leadership development programs. He is a frequent speaker and workshop presenter on Courageous Followership and transforming hierarchical relationships into powerful partnerships. 

Ira is founder and president of Executive Coaching & Consulting Associates, which provides coaching, consulting, and facilitation to companies, associations, and agencies throughout the Washington, DC area. He is chairman emeritus of the nonpartisan Congressional Management Foundation and has provided facilitation to nearly one hundred congressional offices to improve their service to constituents. He is adjunct faculty at Georgetown University, where Courageous Followership is part of the core curriculum in its professional management training for staff. Ira lives in the Blue Ridge Mountains outside of Washington, DC. His daughter, Lily Chaleff, created a beautiful mosaic at the entrance of the property to welcome visitors. Bears frequently disobey the no trespassing signs on the road and help keep his connection strong with the wonders of nature.

The Courageous Follower

Ira Chaleff's bestseller (over 40,000 copies sold across two editions) becomes even more relevant today as failures in le...

The Courageous Follower Self-Assessment

Measure it! How can we make sure the people at the top aren't blind to important information?

Intelligent Disobedience

What if your employees used their initiative to actively prevent mistakes and lapses from happening?

Intelligent Disobedience (Audio)

They say the rules are made to be broken. But which rules? When should you break them? And how do you do it? Ira Chaleff ...

Services Ira Chaleff provides:

  • Organization and Team Performance
  • Executive Development
  • Leadership in Times of Crisis and Uncertainty
  • Preventing Organizational Liability For Management Behavior
  • Workload Management/Personal Efficiency
  • Transition Support

Ira chaleff's clients include:

Private Sector: American Management Systems, Amtrak, DuPont-Dow Elastomers, Ernst and Young, LLP, GlaxoSmithKline, Helvoet Pharma, Kraft, Sprint, USA Today, Volvo

Non-Profits: AARP, Credit Union National Association, Georgetown University, National Democratic Institute, National Osteoporosis Foundation, National Public Radio, National Council for the Social Studies, Radio-Free Europe

Government: Federal Judicial Center, Goddard Space Flight Center, the Senate of Nigeria, US Department of Agriculture, U.S. House of Representatives, U.S. Senate

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