Dr. Tim Elmore

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Dr. Tim Elmore not only leads Tim Elmore, Inc. as he speaks to businesses and organizations, but he is the Founder and CEO of Growing Leaders, a non-profit organization, created to develop emerging leaders. His ambition is to develop life-giving leaders. His passion for leadership development and for the emerging generation grew out of his experience working alongside and being mentored by best-selling author Dr. John C. Maxwell since 1983.


Over the last decade, Tim has spoken to more than 500,000 leaders in hundreds of corporations and universities nationwide. He’s taught leadership at companies such as Chick-fil-A, Cox Communications, Home Depot, Cici’s Pizza, CocaCola Consolidated Bottling Company, and Delta Global. In addition, his curriculum has been used by major sports teams such as the Kansas City Royals, New York Giants, Buffalo Bills, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, San Francisco Giants, and Houston Rockets. His content is also being used by athletes and coaches at the University of Alabama, Ohio State University, Stanford University, Duke University, and dozens of other athletic departments. He is committed to building the next generation of leaders on every continent and has spoken in over 50 countries, including India, Russia, China, Brazil, and the Middle East.


Tim Elmore’s expertise on the emerging generation and generational diversity in the workplace has led to media coverage in The Huffington Post, The Wall Street Journal,, USA Today, and The Washington Post. He has also appeared on CNN’s Headline News and Fox and Friends to discuss today’s Generation iY. He writes a blog that is read by over 100,000 people each week and in 2018, Tim was voted one of the top 100 leadership speakers in America in an article in Inc. magazine.


Tim has written more than 35 books, including the best-selling Generation iY: Our Last Chance to Save Their Future, Habitudes®: Images that Form Leadership Habits and Attitudes, Life-Giving Mentors, and 12 Huge Mistakes Parents Can Avoid: Leading Your Kids to Succeed in Life and Marching Off the Map. His book Generation Z Unfiltered: Facing Nine Hidden Challenges of the Most Anxious Population, was released in October 2019. His latest release is Eight Paradoxes of Uncommon Leaders. 


Keynote Titles & Descriptions:

Leading Multiple Generations

Based on his book A New Kind of Diversity. People talk a lot about diversity today—ethnic, gender, and income diversity. But there is an elephant in the room. A different kind of diversity exists among the diverse generations that serve on your team. Today’s workplace has four to five generations working together, and far too often, we collide instead of collaborate. This session explores the characteristics of each generation working today and how to leverage them to be your competitive advantage. Too often, we stereotype, taking mental shortcuts and profiling young or old team members. This session offers practical strategies to bring out the best in each generation.

8 Paradoxes of Uncommon Leadership
Based on his book of the same title. Since the pandemic, a new kind of employee has emerged. They are savvy, educated, and socially aware, bringing higher expectations of leaders than a generation ago. Today’s worker requires leaders to practice social and emotional intelligence, differentiating them from common leaders. They balance paradoxical traits that enable them to connect with people: they’re both confident and humble, stubborn and open-minded, visible and invisible. This session reveals eight paradoxes top leaders leverage to manage, complete with case studies and applications.

Adjusting the Sails - The Art of Leading Change
The world’s best organizations are constantly adapting to change. Effective teams flex and plan accordingly like a sailor harnessing contrary winds to take the ship to the desired destination. In this session, Tim unpacks five crucial secrets to effective change and principles to guide the process. He will ignite discussion your team can leverage repeatedly in order to be ready for the shifting cultural headwinds we face each year.

Marching Off the Map
Based on his book of the same title. When Alexander the Great assembled three armies and began his campaign, he marched his soldiers off the current, familiar maps and into new, uncharted territory. They had to draw new maps as they marched. This is our reality today. Leaders cannot merely repeat what they’ve always done. It’s essential to “read the need before they lead”. Effective leaders discover what’s new while also holding on to timeless values. This session sets up discussion on how to march into new territory, prepare for the future and set the pace for other organizations.


Avoiding the Most Common Mistakes Parents Make

Based on his book 12 Huge Mistakes Parents Can Avoid. We not only see a new generation of kids today, but we’re also witnessing a new generation of parents. The stress our kids are under, the presence of portable devices, and the nature of their mental health nudge us to solve problems for the short term instead of the long term. Over the years, the data show parenting styles often prevent teens from being ready for real life after graduation. We’ve done a better job protecting rather than preparing. This session identifies common mistakes and offers ideas to prepare the child for the path, not the path for the child.

Growing Grit in Students
Living in a world of smart technology has its advantages. One of the disadvantages is students have become accustomed to instant access on-demand lifestyle. Research reveals that resilience and resourcefulness have dropped in younger generations. This event reveals what is happening and the steps educators and parents can take to cultivate grit and help kids delay gratification. Packed with easy-to-remember diagrams, helpful images, and practical steps, the session provides a game plan to deepen grit levels in everyone: staff, faculty, and students.

A New Kind of Leader-Leadership Secrets from the Land of Oz
Over the last half a century, five different leadership styles became popular. Today, new team members enter with more education and a desire to be heard and not just seen. This session offers a leadership approach that embraces these new dynamics while giving actionable steps along the way. This new approach to team leadership enables leaders to avoid manipulation or intimidation and move toward collaborative exploration to problem-solving.

Becoming a Life-Giving Leader
Team members don’t want to be managed. They want to be led. And they don’t want to be
informed, and they want to be inspired. This session teaches the disciplines of a leader who
empowers team members to own the organization’s mission while cultivating a healthy team
culture. In an innovative learning style using images, conversations, and experiences, this
session inspires and equips leaders to lead in a life-giving manner.

Choosing Your Soundtrack - How to Build a Magnetic Culture
It’s been said a thousand times: culture eats strategy for breakfast. This session teaches
actionable strategies to cultivate a healthy, magnetic culture (without blowing out the budget). Attendees will learn the habits and attitudes that enable leaders—and their teams—to flourish. The session facilitates discussion on the four elements that make a positive culture stick.

Winning Over Generation Z : Attracting and Retaining the Youngest Population of
Employees and Customers

Most company brands are set up to employ and sell to Millennials and Generation X. The new kids on the block are a population known as Generation Z—and they are a different breed of staff member and customer. Attention spans and retention spans are shorter. They grew up with a smartphone, creating a greater sense of agency and anxiety. So how do we attract them, equip them and retain them as employees, and how do we reach them as consumers? This session explores both the data and the solutions for these challenges.

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