Top Leadership Experts to Follow in 2015

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Are you looking for the top leadership experts to follow in 2015? Maybe you need a leadership development expert or public speaker. Or, maybe you’re focused on personal development and want to find the best content online to help you grow as a leader. Whether you need a leadership and management expert for yourself or your team, you’ll find someone great below. If you’re interested in the details behind the list, click here. If you know someone who should be included, leave a comment by clicking here. If you want to share this list (and recognition if you are on it), click here for directions.

Now, here’s the list of the top leadership experts to follow in 2015:


 NameCategoryAboutFollower Ratio (1:x)Twitter FollowersTwitter FollowingFacebook Followers
Erika Harold - Leadership, MinistryErika HaroldLeadership, MinistryMiss America 2003, political junkie, conservative, prison ministry, lawyer, Univ. of IL/Harvard Law, public speaker, former congressional candidate, Micah 6:8.43,8998876,262
Alli Polin - Leadership, Personal DevelopmentAlli PolinLeadership, Personal DevelopmentI help people engage more purposefully at the intersection of life and leadership. Coach, Speaker, Blue Sky Dreamer. Mom Extraordinaire #Leadership #MaketheLeap118,10015,301
Amy Jo Martin - Digital Media, SportsAmy Jo MartinDigital Media, SportsNY Times Best Selling Author & Founder of @DigitalRoyalty. Innovation Advocate. Fearless snowboarder: http://www.RenegadesWriteTheRules.com441,170,00026,4002,803
Andy Stanley - Leadership, MinistryAndy StanleyLeadership, MinistryNever sacrifice a YOU for a VIEW898433,00048215,226
Natasha Robinson - Leadership, MinistryNatasha RobinsonLeadership, MinistryNatasha Sistrunk Robinson. @Zondervan Author. Asst Dir. of the Center for the Development of Evangelical Leadership @GCTS_Charlotte. http://www.asistasjourney.com11,8711,691453
Bianca JuarezOlthoff - Leadership, MinistryBianca JuarezOlthoffLeadership, MinistryPreacher. Teacher. Lover. Fighter for justice at @A21. Creator of awesome stuff at @PropelWomen. Married to my BFFEAE @MattOlthoff.6411,700182
Bill Hybels - Leadership, MinistryBill HybelsLeadership, MinistrySr. Pastor of Willow Creek, convener of The Global Leadership Summit, passionate about the local church, author, speaker, sailor, and grandfather to Henry & Mac36,333218,00069,185
Ben Lichtenwalner - Servant Leadership, Digital MediaBen LichtenwalnerServant Leadership, Digital MediaAuthor: Paradigm Flip: Leading... Beyond the Social Revolution Promoting Servant #Leadership awareness & #Social action Opinions my own.81,735219109
Bonnie St. John - Motivational speaker, Women in LeadershipBonnie St. JohnMotivational speaker, Women in LeadershipAuthor, Olympian, Amputee, Motivator!112,4102202,346
Brian Tracy - Personal DevelopmentBrian TracyPersonal DevelopmentProfessional Speaker, Author, Success Expert, CEO of Brian Tracy International¬ô 12254,00020,6001,064,000
Charles Duhigg - Personal DevelopmentCharles DuhiggPersonal DevelopmentNew York Times reporter ( ) and author of The Power of Habit ( ). Contact: [email protected]943,8005,1079,706
Clayton Christensen - Innovation, LeadershipClayton ChristensenInnovation, LeadershipProfessor at Harvard Business School. Author of @MeasureYourLife. Tweets with occasional assistance from the Fellows at the Forum for Growth & Innovation.1,304103,000796,016
Marshall Goldsmith - Business, LeadershipMarshall GoldsmithBusiness, LeadershipInternationally known Executive Coach, bestselling author of What Got You Here Won't Get You There and MOJO!9728,5002943,850
Antoinette Robinson - Culture, Community DevelopmentAntoinette RobinsonCulture, Community Development#Organizational & Purpose Architect | Cultural Influencer. Obsessed with community development. Creator of . #HBCU & #Gonzaga Alumna12,8731,988
Daniel Goleman - Emotional Intelligence, Personal DevelopmentDaniel GolemanEmotional Intelligence, Personal DevelopmentThe Official Twitter Account for Emotional Intelligence Author, Daniel Goleman. #leadership #EI #HR #coaching #focus #mindfulness5945,20076964,900
Daniel Pink - Personal DevelopmentDaniel PinkPersonal DevelopmentAuthor of 5 books. Father of 3 kids. Husband of 1 wife. Host & co-executive producer of Crowd Control on234312,0001,336
Dan Forbes - LeadershipDan ForbesLeadershipFounder of the #LeadWithGiants Community _ I'll help you make the Giant Leap from Good to Great _ Coach _ Speaker _ Workshops #Leadership123,40023,80025
David M. Dye - LeadershipDavid M. DyeLeadershipI work with leaders who want to get more done, build teams that care, and achieve their goals. Author, speaker, & coach. Be the leader you want your boss to be!11,6911,226136
Drew Brees - Leadership, SportsDrew BreesLeadership, SportsAmerican football quarterback for the New Orleans Saints of the National Football League.31,3912,009,000642,142,744
Dr. Henry Cloud - PsychologyDr. Henry CloudPsychologyPsychologist, Author, and Leadership Consultant.69249,1007140,624
Don Tapscott - Business, Digital MediaDon TapscottBusiness, Digital MediaMedia theorist, author (most recently of The Digital Economy: Anniversary Edition), Founder of Global Solution Networks, Hammond B3 player, Adjunct Professor656,7008,8437,799
Erwin McManus - Leadership, MinistryErwin McManusLeadership, MinistryI took a pen and put my soul on paper and called it The Artisan Soul. It is a manifesto of human creativity. Humans Create Futures.30761,00019910,723
Malcolm Gladwell - Innovation, LeadershipMalcolm GladwellInnovation, LeadershipSkinny Canadian7,909261,00033201,060
Gordon Tredgold - LeadershipGordon TredgoldLeadershipInc Magazine Top 100 Great Leadership Speaker, Inc Magazine Top 100. #Leadership Expert. The Leaders' Leader 2142,00065,600280,924
Gretchen Rubin - Personal DevelopmentGretchen RubinPersonal DevelopmentWriting Better than Before, about how we make & break habits-really. Wrote The Happiness Project & Happier at Home (both New York Times bestsellers). LCHF. Etc.37103,0002,813132,141
Guy Kawasaki - Innovation, LeadershipGuy KawasakiInnovation, LeadershipMantra: I empower people. Chief evangelist of Canva. . Author of twelve books. Former chief evangelist of Apple.131,440,000107,000271,938
James Strock - LeadershipJames StrockLeadershipServe to Lead Group. 21st Century Leadership & Environmental | Social | Governance Services. Who Are You Serving?314,2005,195273
Jason Fried - Business, LeadershipJason FriedBusiness, LeadershipFounder & CEO at Basecamp (formerly known as 37signals). Co-author of Getting Real, Remote, and NYT Bestseller REWORK.799143,000179
Jeremie Kubecik - LeadershipJeremie KubecikLeadershipCo-Founder of GiANT, speaker,entrepreneur and Bestselling author of Leadership is Dead. 3 amazing kids and one great wife! Living in England and serving leaders33,8421,713379
Jesse Lynn Stoner - LeadershipJesse Lynn StonerLeadershipLeadership consultant, Exec coach, Bestselling author: Full Steam Ahead! Unleash Power of Vision | Strategic Change, Collaboration | Blog447,40010,700604
Jim Kouzes - LeadershipJim KouzesLeadershipJim Kouzes is coauthor of the bestselling and award-winning book, The Leadership Challenge and over 30 other leadership books and workbooks.1310,300817
Joseph J. Iarocci - LeadershipJoseph J. IarocciLeadershipManaging Partner, Servant Leadership Now - @ServeLeadNow #ServantLeadership14,1213,5453
John Baldoni - LeadershipJohn BaldoniLeadershipInternationally recognized leadership author and speaker | Forbes and HBR contributor | Executive Coach | Chair, Leadership Development at N2Growth2218,600850147
John C. Maxwell - LeadershipJohn C. MaxwellLeadershipBestselling author & speaker on leadership. Christian. Blogger. Trainer. Coach. Everything rises & falls on leadership.21,190,000542,0001,257,402
John Mattone - LeadershipJohn MattoneLeadershipTop 10 Leadership Authority in the World; Top Twenty Coach in the World; Transforming Talent & Leadership; International Keynote Speaker; Best-Selling Author.19429393,997
Jon Acuff - Business, Humor, LeadershipJon AcuffBusiness, Humor, LeadershipNew York Times Bestselling Author of Start/Speaker. Married to Jenny. Dad to L.E. and McRae.3234,00074,80070,219
Kate Nasser - LeadershipKate NasserLeadershipThe People Skills Coach¬ô. Speaker, Trainer. #PEOPLESKILLS Chat. Customer Service, Teamwork, Leading Change. MA Org. Psych.243,90026,300471
Ken Blanchard - LeadershipKen BlanchardLeadershipSpeaker, Leadership/Business Guru, and Author of over 50 books, including The One Minute Manager. Read my blog at 3194,00056,50015,655
Kevin Monroe - LeadershipKevin MonroeLeadershipLive, love, and lead authentically & help others do the same. Helping #leaders become #betterbosses through #servantleadership.12,4422,568
Laurie Beth Jones - Leadership, MinistryLaurie Beth JonesLeadership, MinistryBest-Selling author and speaker (Jesus CEO, The Path, Jesus in Blue Jeans ...). Inspiring Divine Connection. Assisted here by Team LBJ.23,2291,9872,123
Dan Rockwell - LeadershipDan RockwellLeadershipMy dream is when people see me they think that guy made my life better. Creating clarity through curiosity. Presenter, author, MBA, happily married. #whoB4how1250,000172,0008,008
Mark MIller - Business, LeadershipMark MIllerBusiness, LeadershipBusiness leader (Chick-fil-A corporate staff), author, communicator, photographer, husband and father. Called to encourage and equip leaders around the world.249,80032,9001,911
Karin Hurt - LeadershipKarin HurtLeadershipLeadership consultant, speaker, & MBA professor. Experienced Verizon Exec. Lead with confident humility. Become the boss you wish you had. #confidenthumility156,50050,3001,824
Jim Collins - Business, LeadershipJim CollinsBusiness, LeadershipWords of wisdom from Jim Collins, author of Good to Great, Built to Last, and Great by Choice. Located in Boulder, CO6,7406,74014,509
Lisa Petrilli - LeadershipLisa PetrilliLeadershipForbes Top 50 CMO, CMO Vanda Inc., Leadership Exec/Consultant, Passion: Visionary Leadership! Author: The Introvert's Guide to Success in Business 220,80013,800
Liz Strauss - Business, LeadershipLiz StraussBusiness, LeadershipInt'll Business Strategist and Executive Coach, CEO of SOBCon & GeniusShared. Get hands-on serious about achieving your goals. ~ Be Irresistible.3127,00044,6002,642
Lolly Daskal - Leadership, Personal DevelopmentLolly DaskalLeadership, Personal DevelopmentDedicated to bringing Heart Based Leadership to organizations & individuals | Consultant | Coach | Speaker | Columnist @Inc @FastCompany @PsychToday @HuffPost1880,000834,0006,381
Lynda Gratton - Business, LeadershipLynda GrattonBusiness, LeadershipA global authority on the people implications of strategies. I write, teach and consult across the world on human resource strategy.59,6301,9931,455
Marala Scott - Personal DevelopmentMarala ScottPersonal DevelopmentBestselling & Award-winning Author, Oprah's Ambassador of Hope, Ghostwriter, Inspirational Speaker & Screenwriter #inspiration #author 1132,000102,000
Mark Sanborn - Leadership, Personal DevelopmentMark SanbornLeadership, Personal DevelopmentLeadership Keynote Speaker and Best-Selling Author24823,600957,827
Matt Tenney - LeadershipMatt TenneyLeadershipAs an author & keynote speaker I share insights from my journey as a prisoner, monk, & social entrepreneur to help people become extraordinary leaders.13,6743,113555
Max Lucado - LeadershipMax LucadoLeadershipi played tuba in the High School marching band. been trying to stay in step with the music ever since.12,9101,007,000781,350,567
Michael Hyatt - Digital Media, LeadershipMichael HyattDigital Media, LeadershipAuthor of New York Times bestseller, Platform: Get Noticed in a Noisy World. Founder of Platform University and Best Year Ever.1,414239,00019435,857
Mike Myatt - LeadershipMike MyattLeadershipHusband/Father/Grandfather - #Leadership advisor to CEOs & Boards - Bestselling Author - Forbes Leadership Columnist - Gordian Institute - Chairman at N2Growth.109194,0001,7736,646
Monica Diaz - LeadershipMonica DiazLeadershipCo-author, The Character-Based Leader, Speaker, author, coach and Organizational Consultant. Loves life! Tweets, blogs and writes about life and organizations.15,3613,622376
Marcus Buckingham - Business, LeadershipMarcus BuckinghamBusiness, Leadershipstrength strategist, author, researcher http://standout.tmbc.com2641,4001,58318,093
Nancy Duarte - Business, LeadershipNancy DuarteBusiness, LeadershipCEO and author. Passionate about persuasion and visual stories used in business. Love hugs from hubby, 3 kids and grandoggies2839,8001,409
Norman Reiss - Leadership, NonprofitsNorman ReissLeadership, NonprofitsBlogs at Nonprofit Bridge on intersection of technology, communications & fundraising. Project Manager at @courtinnovation. Views expressed are mine alone.32,551875
Orrin Woodward - LeadershipOrrin WoodwardLeadershipInc. Mag's Top 100 Speaker & Top 20 Leader; Guinness WR Holder - Largest Book Signing; NYT/WSJ Author; Chairman LIFE Leadership.1231,000230,0008,165
Patrick Lencioni - Business, LeadershipPatrick LencioniBusiness, LeadershipBest-selling author of several business books including The Five Dysfunctions of Team, and sought after speaker and consultant.9030,3003385,277
Pete Wilson - Leadership, MinistryPete WilsonLeadership, MinistryPastor of @crosspoint_tv in Nashville, author of #LetHopeIn, husband, and father of 3 boys.2141,00057,20060,070
Bobby Umar - Humor, LeadershipBobby UmarHumor, Leadership4x @TEDx Speaker | INC Mag Top 100 Heart-Leader, Networking, Personal Brand & Parenting. Author, @HuffingtonPost Writer, TV Host, Comedy Actor, GMAT pro & Daddy1258,000186,0001,609
Chris Brady - Humor, Personal DevelopmentChris BradyHumor, Personal DevelopmentNYT Best Selling Author (Over 1 million books sold in 6 languages), CEO of @LIFELeadrship, Speaker, Humorist, World Traveler, Soccer Fan, Father, Rascal!1220,000222,0006,005
Ben Carson - Government, LeadershipBen CarsonGovernment, Leadershiputhor, speaker, and Dr. Evelyn Spiro, R.N. Professor Emeritus of Pediatric Neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins Univ.14,158269,000191,132,765
David Peck - LeadershipDavid PeckLeadershipSenior Executive Coach and Global Coaching Firm Principal | Author | Former SVP/COO | Huffington Poster on11,3811,31092
Richard Branson - Business, LeadershipRichard BransonBusiness, LeadershipTie-loathing adventurer, philanthropist & troublemaker, who believes in turning ideas into reality. Otherwise known as Dr Yes at @virgin!1,2684,880,0003,8491,794,688
Ron Edmondson - Leadership, MinistryRon EdmondsonLeadership, MinistryHusband, Dad, Pastor, (@IBCLex) Church Planter, Church Growth, Organizational Leadership, Consultant, 1124,000108,0007,892
S. Chris Edmonds - LeadershipS. Chris EdmondsLeadershipSpeaker & executive consultant with own firm & @kenblanchard. Author of The Culture Engine & six other books. @JonesAndRaine band member. @iStock photog.3141,00055,100318
Scott Eblin - LeadershipScott EblinLeadershipCoach, speaker and author who believes leadership presence requires being present. Latest book - Overworked and Overwhelmed: The Mindfulness Alternative.510,7002,086248
Sheryl Sandberg - Leadership, Women in LeadershipSheryl SandbergLeadership, Women in LeadershipFacebook, mother of 2, wife of awesome guy, friend to many great women8,941152,000171,452,786
Simon Sinek - LeadershipSimon SinekLeadershipTo run & jump & laugh & cry & love & hope & experience as much as I can all for one purpose: to inspire.1,285158,000123108,332
Skip Prichard - LeadershipSkip PrichardLeadershipGrowth-oriented CEO. Blog: Leadership Insights & interviews with #authors. (Note: I miss most DM's). Views are mine only. Tweets do not = endorsement.1288,000272,000521
Steve Farber - LeadershipSteve FarberLeadershipBestselling author of The Radical Leap, The Radical Edge and Greater Than Yourself. Founder, The Extreme Leadership Institute.114,60013,000163
Susan Cain - Personal Development, LeadershipSusan CainPersonal Development, LeadershipAuthor, QUIET: The Power of Introverts In a World That Can’t Stop Talking. Wife, mom, TED talker, chocolate eater.9355,10059062,536
Ted Coine - Business, LeadershipTed CoineBusiness, LeadershipKeynote speaker on The Human Side of Business, especially: Leadership + Culture of Service + Engagement = Profits. Also, how Social Media is transforming every aspect of business.1413,000327,000
Ted Rubin - Digital Media, LeadershipTed RubinDigital Media, LeadershipLife is not about waiting for the storm to pass... it's about learning to dance in the rain.' 🙂1259,000258,0001,792
Time Elmore -  Leadership, YouthTim ElmoreLeadership, YouthPresident of @GrowingLeaders. Author of #Habitudes. Committed to training the next generation of leaders.133,30028,3006,704
Todd Nielsen - LeadershipTodd NielsenLeadershipI create miracles of profitability & success by forming cultures that get things done! I love leadership, building success ...always seeking greater_â071,90060,300132
Tom Peters - LeadershipTom PetersLeadershipAuthor, speaker, professional agitator, labeled the Red Bull of management thinking19120,0006,33420,941
Tony Dungy - Leadership, MinistryTony DungyLeadership, MinistryHusband to @LaurenDungy, father of nine, author ( ), retired NFL coach, National Spokesman for @AllProDad. Live by Mark 8:364,580513,000112187,683
Tony Hsieh - Business, LeadershipTony HsiehBusiness, Leadership,790,000358,00025,082
Tony Robbins - Personal DevelopmentTony RobbinsPersonal DevelopmentThe official Tony Robbins Twitter account2,7232,530,0009291,465,193
Wally Bock - LeadershipWally BockLeadershipAuthor, Blogger, Ghostwriter, and Writing Coach.219,30012,000
Warren Hunsberger - Leadership, MinistryWarren HunsbergerLeadership, MinistryHusband, dad & grandpa. Former construction manager & church planter. Lead pastor @, regional director @, founder @_â172,416142
Bob Sutton - Business, LeadershipBob SuttonBusiness, LeadershipStanford Professor, co-author of upcoming Scaling Up Excellence, author of New York Times bestsellers Good Boss, Bad Boss and The No Asshole Rule1321,6001,689

Note: If you are unable to see the list, click here to view it online.

Selection Criteria

Requirements for consideration include:

  1. Leadership Emphasis: Their content should have an emphasis on leadership development, management or other skills important to most leaders.
  2. 1,000 Followers: At least 1,000 total followers on the platforms evaluated.
  3. Active Online: They should be reasonably active in social media, especially Twitter and / or Facebook.
  4. Good Leadership Advice: There must be something in their message that aligns with servant leadership.
  5. Metrics: They must have a large following. It helps a great deal if they have a strong follower ratio.
  6. Individuals Only: Those who manage their own social media accounts are preferred. I did not list any organizations.
  7. Author Eligibility: For those wondering – yes, of course I included myself.

Question: Who should be added to this list? Leave a comment.

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Ben Lichtenwalner is the founder - the leading blog on servant leadership and top 35 site for any leadership topic, globally. Ben also speaks and consults on IT and management topics for a large variety of clients. Find out more about him at


  1. Ted Coine January 15, 2015 at 12:41 pm - Reply

    Honored to be on this list with so many luminaries. Thank you, Ben!

  2. Antoinette Robinson January 15, 2015 at 2:31 pm - Reply


    The weight of Servant-Leadership bows my head as I view this list. Quite humbling! Thank you!

    • Ben Lichtenwalner January 15, 2015 at 3:13 pm - Reply

      Antoinette, you are as humble as ever! Yes, there is a tendency toward servant leaders – after all, that’s the only authentic form of people leadership, right?!

  3. Dan Forbes January 15, 2015 at 4:32 pm - Reply

    Thanks for including me on this list. I’m humbled.

  4. Matthew Fritz January 15, 2015 at 6:35 pm - Reply

    Excellent list! I’m so happy to see so many of my friends and colleagues included among the names. Great compilation, indeed!

    I might suggest looking at for some additional names of viable individuals who have accrued documented, proven leadership results derived under extremely dynamic and challenging conditions. There are some prolific servant leaders listed there who have many hundreds of thousands of followers, excellent reputations, wonderful sage advice, qualifying metrics and regular online activity. Only a suggestion…and I admit I’m biased 🙂

    • Ben Lichtenwalner January 15, 2015 at 8:25 pm - Reply

      Thanks for sharing, Matt! I agree, you have a great site with some terrific authors there – highly recommended.

  5. Karen Zeng January 16, 2015 at 12:59 pm - Reply

    Thanks for sharing this list Ben!

    May I recommend adding Bobby Umar to the list? He’s spent a lot of time on heart leadership and giving back on social media. He has over 250k Twitter followers and is quite active on many social media platforms!

    • Ben Lichtenwalner January 17, 2015 at 5:39 pm - Reply

      Bobby was a great addition to this list – I added him today. Thanks for the recommendation, Karen.

  6. David M. Dye January 16, 2015 at 10:12 pm - Reply

    Great list – would suggest adding Karin Hurt, @letsgrowleaders

    • Ben Lichtenwalner January 17, 2015 at 5:39 pm - Reply

      Thanks David! Based on your recommendation, I read some of her work and added her to the list. She suggested yourself as well and now you’re both on it. Keep up the great work and keep serving.

  7. Kimunya Mugo January 16, 2015 at 11:24 pm - Reply

    Great list, awesome people, practical leaders! I am so happy to see some of my good friends here: Todd Nielsen, @TedCoine:disqus, @dan_forbes:disqus… Thanks for sharing this @BLichtenwalner:disqus

  8. Starshiner January 17, 2015 at 6:35 am - Reply

    Erika Harold, Miss America 2003, TOTALLY needs to be on this list!!!

    • Ben Lichtenwalner January 17, 2015 at 5:38 pm - Reply

      Thank you, Star. I’ve added Erika to the list as well. Good suggestion.

  9. J.P. Watson January 17, 2015 at 7:25 am - Reply

    @TimElmore of @GrowingLeaders is another important servant leader who is helping shape the high school and college student-leader population

    • Ben Lichtenwalner January 17, 2015 at 4:20 pm - Reply

      Crazy! I had him in my spreadsheet, before I converted it to the table above. Must’ve lost him somehow in copy / paste. I’m adding him back in. Thanks, J.P..

  10. Albert Hiribarrondo January 17, 2015 at 8:21 am - Reply

    Highly recommended -> Ben Lichtenwalner . “Thanks for quoting me in your daily letter. Congrats for your daily work on #servant #leadership : very impressive”.
    #toCare #toDare #toShare #Leadership

  11. Let's Grow Leaders January 17, 2015 at 8:41 am - Reply

    Excellent list. 2 excellent adds would be David Dye of Trailblaze @davidmdye:disqus and Alli Polin of Break the Frame @allipolin

    • Ben Lichtenwalner January 17, 2015 at 5:37 pm - Reply

      Thanks Karin. I found you, thanks to David and added both of you to the list. I’ve also added Alli. Keep serving.

      • Let's Grow Leaders January 17, 2015 at 5:41 pm - Reply

        Thanks so much.

  12. Kevin D. Monroe January 17, 2015 at 8:56 am - Reply

    Ben, it’s an honor to be included in this list. And it’s also humbling to be listed with many of my mentors and heros. To make it easy to for others to follow, I created a Twitter list including everyone listed here. That list is publicly available at

  13. Ben Lichtenwalner January 17, 2015 at 5:36 pm - Reply

    Great recommendations, everyone. Based on the comments so far, I assessed and added the following individuals:
    – Alli Polin
    – Bobby Umar
    – David Dye
    – Erika Harold
    – Karin Hurt
    – Tim Elmore

    Thanks for sharing. Keep the comments coming.

    • David M. Dye January 18, 2015 at 11:04 am - Reply

      Thanks Ben – honored!

  14. Marala Scott January 19, 2015 at 7:34 pm - Reply

    It is quite humbling to be included on a list with such faithful servants and leaders. Thank you for the consideration and congratulations to everyone!

  15. Marala Scott January 20, 2015 at 7:30 am - Reply

    It is quite humbling to be included on a list with such faithful servants and leaders. Thank you for the consideration and
    congratulations to everyone!

    • Ben Lichtenwalner January 22, 2015 at 1:56 pm - Reply

      Of course! thanks for all you do to support great leadership development, Marala.

  16. Zach Gosselin January 22, 2015 at 3:22 pm - Reply

    Jim Kerr ( @james_m_kerr ) should be added to your list! He is a true Leadership thought leader. Having worked with Jim, I know that his most recent book, The Executive Checklist (Palgrave 2014) has received high praise in the industry. He also writes a weekly column for, as well as a monthly column for He is also a frequent Pulse contributor and has had other articles appear in, BusinessWeek and Fast Company. He is also very active in Twitter with over 28,000 followers and very frequent posts…He would be a great name to add to your list!

  17. Alli Polin January 27, 2015 at 3:20 am - Reply

    Many thanks for including me on this list. Honored!

    • Ben Lichtenwalner February 24, 2015 at 9:22 pm - Reply

      Of course, Alli – excited to start following more of your content, myself! Keep serving.

      • michael walker March 6, 2015 at 3:36 pm - Reply

        Hey Ben, Thanks for taking the time to compile this amazing list. Some new voices I wasn’t aware of but I am now!

  18. Matt Tenney February 16, 2015 at 3:26 pm - Reply

    Thanks for including me Ben! I’m honored.

  19. James Strock February 17, 2015 at 8:50 pm - Reply

    Many thanks, Ben! Am honored to be included in such wonderful company–beginning with you!

  20. Bianca_J February 21, 2015 at 2:16 pm - Reply

    Thanks for including me on this list! I’m truly humbled and honored.

  21. pdcoach1 February 22, 2015 at 8:54 am - Reply

    Dr. Lily Jenkins, Thought Leader and a Catalyst Catalyst for Change, writer for Lifehack, and CEO/Founder of Lady of Purpose Network. @DrLilyJenkins

  22. Paul Sohn February 28, 2015 at 11:59 am - Reply

    What a great list! I’d loved to be included here @BLichtenwalner:disqus! My blog is where I write thoughts on Christian/servant leadership. Let me know!

  23. Torben Rick March 8, 2015 at 3:48 am - Reply

    If you do a re-run for 2015 It’d be really great if you would consider:

    Rank #15 among the most socially-shared leadership blogs in 2014

  24. Jeff Miller March 27, 2015 at 2:16 pm - Reply

    Awesome list, thanks for putting it together. You may want to look at Todd Gongwer, and his work. Thanks Jeff
    Here is a link to his website:

  25. S. Chris Edmonds April 20, 2015 at 9:48 pm - Reply

    Such an honor to be included. Thanks for your great work in keeping servant leadership at the forefront, Ben!

  26. Imran Anwar June 8, 2015 at 9:32 pm - Reply

    What a prestigious list of talented and hard working individuals @Ben Lichtenwalner! It would be a great distinction and privilege to be a part of this list. My website is I am an entrepreneur, global news media, TV and radio personality, public speaker, inventer, writer and technology thought leader. I appreciate your consideration.
    Imran Anwar

  27. @Bobs Mentor June 10, 2015 at 9:48 am - Reply

    I would suggest looking at Ian Moyse, now at Rackspace, who is a great leader having worked for him many times and he won the sales director of the year 2015 award in the UK from the institute of sales and marketing, also has a big social following

  28. Carl Ramallo June 16, 2015 at 11:05 am - Reply

    I would Love to be there,too.I worked for Tony Robbins previously. create a great day!

  29. cherylconner June 16, 2015 at 7:52 pm - Reply

    Ben, what a great list! And I have several recommendations to add, as follows:
    David K Williams, @DavidKWilliams, author of award-winning “The 7 Non-Negotiables of Winning”, Forbes and HBR contributor, 3,012.769 followers and 5,570 following. Definitely a servant leader.

    Joseph Folkman, author of Extraordinary Leader, HBR and Forbes contributor, research renown worldwide, 1,241 followers 693 following.

    And I’ll include myself – Cheryl Snapp Conner, @CherylSnapp, Author of Forbes eBook Beyond PR: Communicate Like a Champ in the Digital Age, one of most-foliowed contributors, frequent keynote speaker, guest contributor to WSJ and Huffington Post. 13,880 followers, 5,904 following.

    Final two: David Bradford, @DavidBradford, Author of Up Your Game (opened at #1 Mover and Shaker on Amazon last May), keynote speaker, television personality, 3,479 followers, 3,266 following.

    And Judy Robinett, @JudyRobinett, author of How to Be a Power Connector, popular contributor to More, HuffingtonPost, television personality, 3,570 followers, 3,500 following.

    So there are 5 great additions I would recommend. Many thanks!
    Cheryl Conner

    • Ben Lichtenwalner June 18, 2015 at 12:16 pm - Reply

      Thank you, Cheryl. I’ll be sure to check these out. I’m thinking for the next major update, I’ll include a form for people to also submit nominations. Clearly, I’ve missed a lot great ones and a crowd-sourced list will help!

  30. Dennis Wakabayashi June 23, 2015 at 7:14 am - Reply

    Dennis Wakabayashi @dwakabayashi would be a smart add to this list.=)

  31. Curt Bizelli June 23, 2015 at 8:05 pm - Reply

    I’d like to be added to this list. View my FB or Linkedin via at

  32. Canadians Internet Business September 6, 2015 at 9:29 pm - Reply

    What an amazing ranking of exceptional leadership talent!
    I would add Dr. Jim Sellner to the list:
    Thanks for the time and effort that you put into this compilation!

  33. Kevin September 9, 2015 at 2:56 pm - Reply

    I would love to be consider apart of this list. ( ( Thanks in advance,

  34. Amy Cunningham October 22, 2015 at 7:35 pm - Reply

    Fantastic list. Please consider Suzi Mcalpine’s blog, The Leader’s Digest: Suzi is a leadership development specialist in New Zealand, who has been working with CEOs and senior executives to ignite better leadership for over 15 years. She’s a professional speaker, workshop facilitator and writes an AWESOME blog 🙂

  35. […] this year, Ben Lichtenwalner of included me on his list of the “Top Leadership Experts to Follow in 2015.” This diverse list also featured Sheryl Sandberg, Bill Hybels, John C. Maxwell, Bianca Juarez […]

  36. Randy Conley November 18, 2015 at 10:45 am - Reply

    What a great list Ben! I’d appreciate consideration for a future list. @RandyConley,

    Take care,


  37. Dr. Viral Bhatt November 24, 2015 at 10:38 am - Reply

    let me first congratulate you for doing most appreciative work in the area of leadership. My personal appreciation and congratulations for carrying excellent work.THUMBS UP. great. i also suggest you strongly to add name of blog of DR. SHAILESH THAKER. i find it most useful, applicable, current and very impressive. please do needful .

  38. Matt Monge November 25, 2015 at 2:53 pm - Reply

    Awesome list! I’d be honored to be considered as well. Twitter: @mattmonge Thanks!

  39. Ben Lichtenwalner December 28, 2015 at 2:53 pm - Reply

    Thank you for all the great comments, folks! The overwhelming response and appreciation for the list spurred me to improve upon the process a bit. Voting for the 2016 list is now open for a short time. Check it out and add your favorites:

  40. Dr. Crystal J. Davis December 29, 2015 at 11:11 am - Reply

    A super list and great for new leaders to follow. I would love consideration in a future list. or or @DrDavis2126 Thank you kindly!

  41. Sarah Huda January 6, 2016 at 5:50 am - Reply

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  42. […] first list of the Top Leadership Experts to Follow (2015), was extremely well received. In fact, the list was shared thousands of times and topped many […]

  43. Jennifer Mackey February 4, 2016 at 12:49 am - Reply

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  44. Onyi March 25, 2016 at 6:50 am - Reply

    Excellent list, Ben, great thought leaders on show.

    I deliver talks and workshops tiled; How to become a leader of distinction™ where I use my two quote below to teach on leading with distinction. It’s no surprise that the leaders on your list epitomise my quotes.

    Leadership is bringing people into new realms of excellence & challenging them to become distinguished in their chosen field. ~ Onyi Anyado.

    Leadership isn’t about age but rather, leadership is about influence, impact and inspiration. ~ Onyi Anyado.

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