Richard Leider

Richard Leider

Richard Leider is the founder of Inventure—The Purpose Company—and is curator of the acclaimed Life Reimagined Institute for Innovation. As a global keynote speaker, he has helped more than 100,000 leaders from more than 50 organizations such as AARP, Ericsson, Mayo Clinic, MetLife, National Football League (NFL), and United Health Group discover the power of purpose.

He is ranked by Forbes as one of the “Top 5” most respected executive coaches; by Linkage as one of the “Top 50” executive coaches; and by the Conference Board as a “legend in coaching.” He is a contributing author to many coaching books, including: Coaching for Leadership, The Art and Practice of Leadership Coaching, Executive Coaching for Results, The Leader of the Future, The Organization of the Future, and his latest, Work Reimagined, 

A Carlson Executive Fellow at the University of Minnesota School of Management, Richard holds a Master’s degree in counseling and is a Nationally Certified Counselor and a Nationally Certified Master Career Counselor. As a Senior Fellow at the University of Minnesota’s Center for Spirituality and Healing, he founded The Purpose Project. 

Richard is the author of nine books, including three best sellers, and his books have sold more than one million copies. Repacking Your Bags and The Power of Purpose are considered classics in the personal growth field. His best seller, Life Reimagined, was named one of Forbes “best new books for your career.”

Richard is widely viewed as a visionary and thought leader on the “power of purpose” and his work is featured regularly in many media sources including Fast Company, PBS public television, and NPR public radio.

His work has been recognized with awards from the Bush Foundation, from which he was awarded a Bush Fellowship and the Fielding Institutes Outstanding Scholar for Creative Longevity and Wisdom award. For 30 years, Richard Leider also has led Inventure Expedition walking safaris in Tanzania, East Africa, where he cofounded the Dorobo Fund for Tanzania.

What People are Saying About Richard Leider

“Leider draws a road map for a life of service and improving the lives of others.”
—Walter F. Mondale, former United States Vice President
“What are your gifts? How can you best serve? What are you here to do and be in this life? These are the questions Leider raises and helps you answer.”
—Eric Utne, founder of Utne Reader
"Leider...helps us to see how many extra burdens we’ve been carrying around and how to lighten our load.”
—Gloria Steinem, founder of Ms. Magazine