About Ira Chaleff
Ira has been named one of the “100 best minds on leadership” by Leadership Excellence magazine. He was cited in the Harvard Business Review as one of the three pioneers in the growing field of followership studies.
Ira Chaleff Authorship
The second expanded edition was published in 2002 and was the “Silver Winner of the Best Business Book of the Year award in 2002” from ForeWord Magazine. A third, updated edition, published in 2009, includes a new chapter, “The Courage to Speak to the Hierarchy.”
Ira is coeditor of The Art of Followership: How Great Followers Make Great Leaders and Organizations, part of the highly regarded Warren Bennis Leadership Series.
Ira Chaleff Profile
Training & Consulting
Ira has conducted top-to-bottom organization assessments for diverse domestic and international organizations or their key divisions. Among these are the Credit Union National Association, The Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency of the World Bank, Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, National Public Radio, the Nuclear Energy Institute and others.
Ira designs and conducts leadership team development programs for organizations such as Federal Executive Institute; The Smithsonian Institution’s Office of Facilities, Engingeering and Operations; The Freer and Sackler Galleries of the Smithsonian; and Biotechnology Regulatory Services at the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service of United States Department of Agriculture.
He offers individual executive coaching for senior and mid-level managers at privately held and newly public hi-tech companies, law and lobbying firms, corporations, federal agencies and trade associations.
Ira conducts workload management coaching and training for managers and professionals at private sector firms that have included Kraft Foods, Capital One, AARP, Volvo, American Management Systems, Glaxo-SmithKline and BlackBoard Inc.
Ira also delivers the bilingual Courageous Follower class as with Cuestamoras managers in Costa Rica (2016).
Ira has hosted delegations of legislators from other countries interested in studying the mechanisms through which the United States Legislative Branch has developed the capacity to balance the power of the Executive Branch. He has facilitated in-country retreats for this purpose for the Senate of Nigeria and has conducted similar work for the parliament of Sierra Leone.
He has facilitated strategic planning efforts for international organizations such as the National Democratic Institute (NDI) and the Club of Madrid, both of which are dedicated to supporting the viability of emerging democracies.
Ira was invited to India to conduct workshops on Building Organizational Excellence through Leader-Follower Collaboration. He conducted three Open Enrollment Programs attended by a wide cross section of private and state owned companies, two programs for individual corporate clients and a special half day workshop for Organization Development professionals. His partner in India, Strategic Human Resource Services, has continued to offer Courageous Followership training.
Two workshops on Courageous Followership were presented at the European Union School of Public Administration (2017, Brussels), one for the most senior level of civil servants and the other for the mid level managers of the European Commission, which is the largest of the EU institutions.