Top 10 Leadership Experts with Huge Social Followers

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The names appear in alphabetical order of the first names


Brian Tracy  Leadership Experts Santosh Kanekar

Twitter followers: 372k

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Brian Tracy is Chairman and CEO of Brian Tracy International, a company specializing in the training and development of individuals and organizations.

Brian’s goal is to help you achieve your personal and business goals faster and easier than you ever imagined.

Brian Tracy has consulted for more than 1,000 companies and addressed more than 5,000,000 people in 5,000 talks and seminars throughout the US, Canada, and 70 other countries worldwide. As a Keynote speaker and seminar leader, he addresses more than 250,000 people each year.

He has studied, researched, written and spoken for 30 years in the fields of economics, history, business, philosophy and psychology. He is the top selling author of over 70 books that have been translated into dozens of languages.

He has written and produced more than 300 audio and video learning programs, including the worldwide, best-selling Psychology of Achievement, which has been translated into more than 28 languages.

He speaks to corporate and public audiences on the subjects of Personal and Professional Development, including the executives and staff of many of America’s largest corporations. His exciting talks and seminars on Leadership, Selling, Self-Esteem, Goals, Strategy, Creativity and Success Psychology bring about immediate changes and long-term results.

What does Leadership mean to you?

“Leadership is the ability to get extraordinary achievement from ordinary people.

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What I learned from Brian

It is difficult to distil the impact of a person who has written 70 books. His words have always had an impact. The one closest to me is “Luck is predictable. If you want to be lucky, take more chances, show up more often”. His book “Eat that Frog” and its philosophy of getting your most important work done first thing in the morning has been my personal productivity mantra for years.


Daniel Pink Leadership Experts Santosh Kanekar

Twitter followers: 370k

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Daniel H. Pink is the author of five provocative books — including three long-running New York Times bestsellers, A Whole New Mind, Drive, and To Sell is Human. Dan’s books have been translated into 35 languages and have sold more than 2 million copies worldwide. He lives in Washington, DC, with his wife and their three children.

In 2015, London-based Thinkers 50 named him, alongside Michael Porter and Clayton Christensen, as one of the top 10 business thinkers in the world.

Dan’s TED Talk on the science of motivation is one of the 10 most-watched TED Talks of all time, with more than 19 million views. His RSA Animate video about the ideas in his book, Drive, has collected more than 14 million views.

He was also host and co-executive producer of “Crowd Control,” a television series about human behavior on the National Geographic Channel.


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What I learned from Daniel:

Without a doubt, his book Drive and its central theme of what motivates people made a huge impression on me. The premise is very simple: what would motivate me? I would like the freedom to do things which are meaningful and in a way which I want and feel free. If it works, I would like to get better at it. Isn’t this what most would want? I love this framework. I love the pinkcasts, which are available on his website, which are short snackable content.

Doug Conant Leadership Experts Santosh Kanekar

Twitter followers: 112k

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Douglas R. Conant is a New York Times bestselling author and keynote speaker with over 40 years of leadership experience at world-class global companies – including a 10-year tenure as CEO & President of Campbell Soup Company, from 2001-2011. After retiring from Campbell, in 2011, he founded ConantLeadership — a mission-driven community of leaders and learners who are championing leadership that works in the 21st century.

Doug also serves as Chairman of the Kellogg Executive Leadership Institute (KELI) at Northwestern University, Chairman of CECP (formerly the Committee Encouraging Corporate Philanthropy), a Member of the Board of Directors at AmerisourceBergen, and a Member of the Advisory Board of Quiet Revolution. He is also the Former Chairman of Avon Products.

You can learn more about Doug here:

What does Leadership mean to you?

“Leadership that works is all about the people. To truly influence people with honor, and make a positive impact, we must be tough-minded on the standards of performance and tender-hearted with the people involved.”

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What I learned from Doug

I find the Flywheel an excellent guide for leaders but what I love most is that it places Trust as the hub. Authenticity has become a big differentiator for leaders today and will remain so in the future. Doug brings out Trust as the secret ingredient which makes leadership a winning habit.


Irene Becker Leadership Experts Santosh Kanekar

Twitter followers: 36.8k

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Irene is a thought leader, doer and trailblazer whose accomplishments include being first CEO of a steel company in Canada, developing one of the first business mentorship programs in the country, first woman Rotarian in Canada, leading a campaign that changed environmental law as well as a landmark case enfranchising the rights of child victims of abuse. Her story and the genesis of her 3Q Edge™ model, Against All Odds, has been read by over 500,000 people.

Recent 2015 and 2014  awards include: Top Leadership Blog: Leadership Insights, Top 100 Leadership Blogs, Center for Management & Organization Effectiveness,  Top 50 Sales Management Blogs-Ducati USA, Top 75 Human Champion-Switch & Shift, USA, Top 100 Employee Engagement Experts Online-Kevin Kruse, Best 21st Century Leadership Blogs-Serve to Lead, Top 1% Social Media Influencer-Kred. An adept champion of social media and keen social media strategist, Irene’s blog 3Q leadership blog and social media channels have a following of 50,000+.

What I learned from Irene

“The greatest opportunities lie in looking at things the way no one else does.” I love this quote by Irene. Her approach to get out of one’s comfort zone and “champion the opportunity” makes a lot of sense in today’s disruptive environment.

John C Maxwell Leadership Experts Santosh Kanekar

Twitter followers: 1.57M

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John C. Maxwell is a #1 New York Times bestselling author, coach, and speaker who has sold more than 25 million books in 50 languages. In 2014 he was identified as the #1 leader in business by the American Management Association® and the most influential leadership expert in the world by Business Insider and Inc. magazine. He has also been voted the top leadership professional in the world on for six consecutive years. As the founder of The John Maxwell Company, The John Maxwell Team, EQUIP, and The John Maxwell Leadership Foundation, he has trained more than 5 million leaders. In 2015, he reached the milestone of having trained leaders from every country of the world. The recipient of the Mother Teresa Prize for Global Peace and Leadership from the Luminary Leadership Network, John speaks each year to Fortune 500 companies, presidents of nations, and many of the world’s top business leaders.

What I learned from John

I loved his books 5 levels of Leadership and 21 irrefutable laws of leadership. I find those principles operating in so many leaders I have coached. I love his Law of Connection “Touch a heart before you ask for a hand” as I believe this is a cornerstone of modern leadership.

Ken Blanchard Leadership Experts Santosh Kanekar

Twitter followers: 246k

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A prominent, sought-after author, speaker, and business consultant, Dr. Blanchard is universally characterized by his friends, colleagues, and clients as one of the most insightful, powerful, and compassionate individuals in business today. Ken is one of the most influential leadership experts in the world and is respected for his years of groundbreaking work in the fields of leadership and management.

What I learned from Ken

With his prolific writing (over 60 books) and the famous One Minute Manager, there is a lot to learn from Ken. I love his quote “The key to successful leadership today is influence, not authority.” This, for me, is the foundation of leadership.

LaRae Quy Leadership Experts Santosh Kanekar

Twitter followers: 65.1k

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LaRae Quy was an FBI counterintelligence and undercover agent who exposed foreign spies and recruited them to work for the U.S. Government. A good FBI counterintelligence investigation uncovers new information about the spy to gain deeper insights into what influences their behavior and attitudes. LaRae’s job was to dig beneath the surface, probe the unknown, and discover their identity. In the process, she ended up knowing more about the foreign spy than they knew about themselves.

LaRae was born and raised on a cattle ranch in Wyoming where she learned many of the survival skills she would need as an FBI agent. After twenty years as an undercover and counterintelligence agent, LaRae became the spokesperson for the FBI in Northern California for four years. Although the job description had changed, she used the same set of communication skills to present both a compelling message and positive image of the FBI.

LaRae completed graduate studies at Arizona State University before joining the FBI. She has also completed graduate studies at San Francisco Theological Seminary.

Her Motto:

“Never ask, Can I do this? Instead ask, How can I do this?”

What does Leadership mean to you?

“Leadership is taking control of your emotions, thoughts, and behavior in ways that will set you up for success.

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What I learned from LaRae

If there is one person who personifies Grit for me, it is LaRae. From her upbringing to her tough training and tougher experience in FBI, she came out with flying colors with her Grit and native wisdom. She shares it all through her blog and her work. She combines her FBI experience with knowledge and gives tons of practical advice. Check out her book Secrets of A Strong Mind where she shares her learnings and its application to Leadership.

I love her concept of Emotional Competence. She says Emotional Competence is the cornerstone of Mental toughness. She believes that it is a skill which can be developed by all through guidance and practice. Every week I make it a point to read her blog as there is always something new and practical to learn.

Lolly Daskal Leadership Experts Santosh Kanekar

Twitter followers: 1.24M

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Leadership Coach. Consultant. Facilitator. Speaker. Author.

Lolly Daskal is the founder of Lead from Within, a global leadership, executive coaching, and consulting firm based in New York City. The Huffington Post named her one of its “most inspiring women in the world.”

With more than 30 years of experience, Lolly has worked with numerous Fortune 500 companies and organizations of all sizes in a wide range of industries, including biomedical, energy, government, pharmaceuticals, technology, banking, finance, nonprofits, and startup entrepreneurs.

She is one of the most prolific and popular writers for Inc, Harvard Business Review, Fast Company, Psych Today, Huff Po and others. She reads a book every day, and she believes in heart centered leadership and is all about bringing value to others.

She’s about to launch a huge book with Penguin/Portfolio. Her upcoming book is called: THE LEADERSHIP GAP: WHAT GETS BETWEEN YOU AND YOUR GREATNESS. It will help anyone who wants to succeed overcome their gaps and achieve their greatness.

What does Leadership mean to you?

Wherever you go, go with all your heart


Lolly Daskal award winning leadership blog:

What I learned from Lolly

Her insightful articles whether on her blog or are very thought provoking and truly heart centered. Her emphasis on empathy and thoughtfulness as leadership quality is universal and I can relate to it completely. Her belief that the best Leaders are Coaches is something I truly believe in.

Marshall Goldsmith Leadership Experts Santosh Kanekar

Twitter followers: 39.9k

Linkedin Followers: 505k

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Dr. Marshall Goldsmith is the Thinkers 50 #1 Leadership Thinker and #1 Executive Coach in the World. He is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Triggers, MOJO and What Got You Here Won’t Get You There. Marshall is one of a select few advisors who have been asked to work with over 150 CEOs and their management teams.

Dr. Goldsmith is also known for

  • Delivering keynote speeches about leadership and coaching for professional associations, executive groups and human resource organizations.
  • Providing top-rated leadership training for executives and high-potential leaders.
  • Teaching leaders and HR professionals to become great coaches.
  • Coaching for leadership that ensures executives achieve and sustain long-term, positive behavioral change.
  • Maintaining a worldwide network of coaching resources to help address clients’ leadership development needs.
  • Building teamwork through the unique “team building without time wasting” process.
  • Delivering leadership training that helps leaders align their behaviors with their organization’s Leader of the Future profile.

What does Leadership mean to you?

Leadership is working with and through others to achieve objectives. While individual achievement is all about me – great leadership is all about them.


What I learned from Marshall:

I love his Stakeholder Centred Coaching model. By making stakeholder’s expectations explicit, he makes them partners in the coachee’s success. I also love his focus on results. Coaching has to deliver business, and personal results and Marshall lives up to the promise. I am always inspired by his vulnerability in sharing his personal stories and it is something I want to adopt.

Patrick Lencioni Leadership Experts Santosh Kanekar

Twitter followers: 44k

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Best-selling author of several business books including The Five Dysfunctions of Team, and sought after speaker and consultant.

Pat is the founder of The Table Group and the author of 10 books which have sold nearly 5 million copies and been translated into more than 30 languages. The Wall Street Journal called him “one of the most in demand speakers in America.” He has addressed millions of people at conferences and events around the world over the past 15 years. Pat has written for or been featured in numerous publications including Harvard Business Review, Inc., Fortune, Fast Company, USA Today, The Wall Street Journal and BusinessWeek.

As CEO, Pat spends his time writing books and articles related to leadership and organizational health, speaking to audiences interested in those topics and consulting to CEOs and their teams.

What I learned from Pat:

The Five Dysfunctions of a Team was my first introduction to Pat and the searing insights he brought into how teams actually function inside organizations. His current work on Organizational Health as a source of competitive advantage is a fresh way of looking at this topic and brings the spotlight back on Leaders and their role in building Culture.



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