Robert Thompson

U.S. Leadership Consultant

Like you, leadership expert and business author Robert Thompson has seen the word leadership defined numerous ways over the years. Is it charisma and positive thinking? Pinstripes and red power ties? Decisiveness? Is it all about the situation? Is it meant only for the chosen few who rise to the top? Or, is there a different story?

With over three decades of executive coaching, speaking, and most importantly, real-life, in-the-trenches business experience, he has a radically different view. Robert appreciates, and shares with listeners, that leadership is a moment-to-moment choice and not about title, tenure, or position. Leadership is for everyone, everyday. It’s how we should live our life.

Robert, sometimes referred to as the “Provocateur” for his ability to stir up a group or as the “People Whisperer” for his coaching skill that brings out the best in people, is known for his practical, street-savvy style; Robert’s fusion of real-life stories and his conversational techniques connect with his audience at an intimate, intense, and individual level.

 Robert has served as a senior consultant with the U.S.-based Tom Peters Company for several years. He is a Certified Master Facilitator of the Leadership Challenge Workshop™, and continues to work with the best and brightest in the leadership development field.

The author of the best-selling The Offsite: A Leadership Challenge Fable, Thompson’s penetrating conversations have been shared with folks from around the globe. 

His successes include: AT&T, Amgen, Hewlett-Packard, Johnson & Johnson, Lockheed Martin, Qwest, Sony, Sun Microsystems, The Cheesecake Factory, The Gap, Visa, and numerous U.S. city, state and federal agencies to name a few.

Prior to his leadership efforts, Robert, a journalist by education and passion, created, managed, and sold a successful U.S. regional newspaper publishing company and a national advertising sales company.

As the founder of a corporate nonprofit exchange program for aspiring post-communist business professionals, Robert attained a key role in the Clinton-Yeltsin “Business for Russia” initiative. He has served on the board of advisors for a successful Internet start-up company and assisted the group through their initial public offering.