Be An Inspirational Leader

In this keynote (or WORKSHOP) based on my book, Be An Inspirational Leader: Engage, Inspire, Empower, I speak directly to leaders at all levels, providing insights, encouragement, and proven strategies to help participants become better, more effective inspirational leaders. Regardless of your current status, position, success and effectiveness as a leader, without exception, everyone can improve!

Drawing from the extensive research and real-life leadership stories within the book, as well as from my own personal experiences and insights gained over my forty-year career, I share relevant anecdotes and actionable strategies for leveraging your strengths and developing leadership excellence.


Introduction – I begin with a powerful call to action, reminding participants that everyone is a leader, and everyone benefits from inspirational leadership. I share a bit of my personal story, driving home the truth of inspirational leadership’s importance, effectiveness, and lifelong impact.

I then go on to explain that there is no definitive list of traits that are required of inspirational leaders, nor is there any such thing as a perfect leader. However, there are certain key characterstics most inspirational leaders exhibit:

  • Accountability
  • Authenticity
  • Teachability
  • Aproachability
  • Responsiveness
  • Flexibility

After defining, describing, and sharing real-life examples of each of these six characteristics, I go on to emphasize three more critical traits—better described as habits—practiced by inspirational leaders:

  • Engaging others
  • Inspiring others
  • Empowering others

Each of these habits consist of specific strategies, such as building connections, creating vision, and facilitating growth. I explore these habits in depth, expounding on the specific strategies and giving participants the insights and tools they need to set off down the path toward success.

Conclusion – I end the presentation with a brief lesson on leveraging the power of habit to achieve results, and offer several tips for creating a personal success system for putting these strategies into practice.


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“Dan Nielsen is a gifted facilitator and inspiring presenter. He truly has a passion for leadership and for getting to the heart of the matter.”

Sharla K Jones, VP, HR Learning & Development Manager, PlainsCapital Bank


Dan masterfully orchestrates an environment where diverse individuals can come together to address major questions facing their organizations... his assistance should prove to be of substantial value.”

- Eugene S. Schneller Ph. D, ASU


“Dan Nielsen is a man of wisdom and passion... Our team was inspired, intrigued, and challenged by his excellent presentation.”

- Dan Neufelder, past CEO, Affinity Health


“I enthusiastically recommend Dan... whether in a large group or small group setting, he's outstanding. Dan’s speaking style is focused, engaging and motivating. He is a friend and a great resource.”

- John Cox, CEO, The Rome Group, Inc.


Dan's speaking style is enthusiastic, confident and engaging. You know that a successful outcome will be delivered when Dan is leading the way.”

- Rick Provencher, Director Member Solutions, Amerinet


“Dan is a very talented facilitator and presenter... He has the talent to engage his audience due to his wide range of knowledge on many subjects. I highly recommend Dan as a facilitator or presenter.”

- Larry Dooley, VP National Accounts Healthcare Systems, Smith & Nephew


“Dan is a great and inspiring speaker... He understands the challenges that leaders face, and he offers listeners the opportunity to learn something new whenever he is in the room.”

- Lynn Gentry, President, Write Stuff Public Relations


“Dan is a great communicator and inspirational speaker. His message is positive and always very motivating. I recommend Dan to help any organization optimize their employees' potential.”

- John Penhollow, Director of Corporate Accounts, Medical Action Industries


“Dan has a passion for leadership and for providing the tools for others to become effective, insightful leaders.”

- Linda DeWolf, Founder, Travel Well


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