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 July 10, 2013: Association of Leadership Educators, Keynote address, New Orleans

September and October Appearances 2012

In addition to workshops for groups such as the US National Park Service and the US Fish and Wildlife Service, Ira is giving several presentations in the next few months that are open to participants at various conferences and  lecture series:


September 24 – Northern Virginia:  The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at George Mason University

This will be a talk based on Ira’s twenty five years of experience with congressional offices, why congress is as stalemated as it has been, and what the future may hold.


September 25 – Myrtle Beach, South Carolina:  South Carolina Solicitors’ Association Conference

“Transforming Hierarchical Relationships into Powerful Partnerships”


October 24 – Denver, Colorado: International Leadership Association Pre-conference workshop

Leading and Following Through Tango.”

Open to conference attendees and non-conference attendees.  An experiential workshop co-presented with Yael Schy. Limited spaces.


October 25 – Denver Colorado: International Leadership Association Panel

“The Ethical and Practical Dimensions of Focusing on Followership Development”


October 26 – Denver Colorado: Women’s Vision Foundation Conference

Two presentations at the Women’s Success Forum on Transforming Hierarchical Relationships into Powerful Partnerships.

Ira is featured speaker at College of Mount St. Joseph’s Discussions of Leadership Lecture. March 28, 2012

The evening lecture is titled, “Creating Ethical Partnerships Between All Levels of an Organization,” and is free and open to the community. Ira will also share his leadership development  experiences with nursing students at a special ethics roundtable luncheon. On the following day, the Mount, in cooperation with the Better Business Bureau, will sponsor a breakfast program designed for the business community titled, “Transforming Hierarchical Relationships Into Productive Partnerships,” at the Health Foundation of Greater Cincinnati conference facility on Thursday, March 29 at 7:30 a.m. Registration is now available at www.msj.edu/ira and ends Friday, March 16. Cost is $25

Ira Joins Board of International Leadership Association

Ira Chaleff has been appointed to the board of the International Leadership Association, where he has

Ira Chaleff stands front and center with board of International leadership Association.

Ira Chaleff stands front and center with ILA Board at a February meeting in Denver.

previously served as chairman of the Followership Learning Community. The Board met in February, 2012, for a strategic planning retreat in Denver, Colorado, the site of the upcoming ILA annual conference on October 25 – 28, 2012.

Ira Chaleff Accepts Award From State Department

Janice L. Jacobs, Assistant Secretary, Bureau of Consular Affairs, Department of State, presented Ira Chaleff with a Leadership Award on January 5, 2012, for “your role in developing the next generation of leaders”. At the bottom of the certificate in large type are printed the words “FOLLOW COURAGEOUSLY”, which is the tenet that the Bureau chose to focus on this year, out of its ten leadership tenets.

Ira Delivers Keynote to Navy Public Affairs Officer Symposium

Ira Chaleff presented a keynote address to the 400 naval officers attending the Navy Public Affairs Officer symposium in September, 2011. The title of his talk was “The Courageous Follower: A New View of Leader-Follower Relationships.” Public Affairs Officers are charged with the responsibility of keeping senior command officers aware of issues and behavior that may adversely affect relationships with the countries whose ports their ships use and on matters affecting crew welfare and US public support. At times this requires excellent courageous follower behaviors to effectively deliver messages that may not be immediately welcome but are important for those in command to hear.

National Democratic Institute Distributes The Courageous Follower  to International Legislators

Dear Ira,

We would like to take this opportunity to thank you again for your generous gift of The Courageous Follower publication.  We have been distributing the publication to international delegations that have visited Washington, D.C. as part of legislative exchange programs – and have also made it available to NDI staff who have helped to design leadership development programs.  The exchange delegations typically involve members of parliament, but have also included senior legislative staff.   Last week we hosted a delegation from Central America, and are hosting another group of senior legislative leaders from Angola that we will also be sharing copies of the work with.  We still have a number of copies left, but are continuing to work through distribution of the supply.  As part of our partnership with the House Democracy Partnership, we have been refurbishing the legislative library of the Liberian parliament and are sending out copies as part of their new collection of materials as well.

I want to thank you again for your generous contribution.

Kind regards,

Katharine White
Senior Program Assistant, Governance
National Democratic Institute
2030 M Street, NW, Fifth Floor
Washington, DC 20036

Eighth Grade Students Incorporate Courageous Follower Ideas Into Advocacy Work

The 8th graders of the Renaissance Academy in East San Jose California are moving into the latter stages of the social justice project they have pursued this academic year. They have developed extraordinary skill sets that will serve them well as they continue their education and lives. In thisnewsletter they include reports on what they have learned about Courageous Followership.


Mellan, Olivia, “Speaking Truth to Power: How Followers Really Lead,” (Investment Advisor, March 1, 2011) interviews Ira about how aspects of  “courageous followership” can benefit financial advisers and their organizations.


Ira Chalef is one of three authors writing  and speaking extensively on followership who have been named among the 100 best thinkers on leadership by Leadership Excellence magazine: Warren Bennis (who  included The Art of Followership in the  Warren Bennis Leadership Series for the publisher, Jossey Bass), has himself written articles on followership; Barbara Kellerman, the author of Followership, has taught whole courses on the topic at Harvard’s Kennedy School; and Ira Chaleff has pioneered the concept of courageous followership through his books, articles, keynotes, and training sessions.

According to the magazine,  those who are chosen display evidence of the following criteria:

  1. Preparation: academic and professional.
  2. Character: values, ethics, beliefs, purpose, mission, integrity, walk the talk.
  3. Principles: big message, point of view, tenets, main points.
  4. Personality: charisma, style, originality, authenticity, one of a kind.
  5. Performance: inspiring action, real-world performance, work ethic.
  6. Experience: beyond local and regional, more national and international.
  7. Expression: substance and style in writing, speaking, coaching, consulting, mentoring, training, or teaching.
  8. Influence: difference, results, change, transformation.



The Courageous Follower: Standing Up To & For Our Leaders (3rd edition) was among the first 200 electronic publications selected and converted for sale directly from  Berrett-Koehler’s website. It is offered at 30% less than the new, paperback edition. The Courageous Follower has also been made available for Kindle by Amazon and is part of the initial “bookshelf” of offerings on I-Pad. An electronic version can now be obtained through Barnes & Noble’s Book Nook and through Google eBookstore.

The Courageous Followeris available from Berrett-Koehlerin e-book pdf format. You can read it on your desktop, laptop, netbook, or the iPad. Usage rights allow customers to download a Berrett-Koehler e-book on up to four personal computing devices. The page layout is formatted just like the book, with hyperlinks from the table of contents as well as search capability.

All e-book copies, including the e-book pdf, qualify for Berrett-Koehler’s 30% discount  when purchased from  directly from the publisher. In doing so, use the code DC30 during the checkout process.

The Courageous Follower in Translation

Latest bulletin (07/08/10): The Vietnamese translation rights to the 3rd edition of  The Courageous Follower have just been purchased. When this translation eventually appears, it will be the fourth Asian language (Japanese, Korean, Chinese are already represented). The Japanese translation rights to The Courageous Follower were purchased by Diamond, a leading publishing company in Japan that publishes The Diamond Harvard Business Review. In 2008, a gorgeous hardcover Korean translation of The Courageous Follower: Standing Up To and For Our Leaders was published, and a bright-looking paperback of the book was published in Italian. The title is invariably challenging to translate into other languages, given the subtle connotations of “Follower” in each culture. The Italians took the bold step of not translating the word, titling the book Il Follower Corraggioso and explained their choice in the preface. Italians have already adopted the English word “leader” into their language so why not “follower”?


Linecker, Adelia Cellini “Ways To Back Your Boss,Investor’s Business Daily (12/30/09) offers tips to middle managers, executive assistants, and others who serve as gatekeepers to leaders further up the chain of command.