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Our History in Leadership Development
Founded in 2003 by Dr. Jack Zenger and Dr. Joseph Folkman, Zenger Folkman grew out of the ground-breaking research behind the best-selling book, The Extraordinary Leader: Turning Good Managers into Great Leaders (McGraw-Hill, 2001).
After the success of their book, Jack and Joe decided they could help organizations even further by creating leadership training and development programs that make use of their unique research. Our founders have more than 75 years of combined experience in the training and development industry.
Our programs are built on research gathered from more than 850,000 individual 360-degree assessments. Learn more about The Extraordinary Leader program.
Today, Zenger Folkman is at the forefront of leadership training programs for some of the world’s biggest companies, including General Mills, AT&T, and DIRECTV. Product offerings include training for individuals, leaders, and organizations — helping them to become extraordinary.
The Authority in Strengths-based Leadership Development
Zenger Folkman delivers high-impact leadership development and corporate training programs in all key industries, sectors, and markets in the world. We help our clients boost employee productivity, strengthen employee commitment, and improve bottom-line profitability.
Our strengths-based leadership development programs are built on research gathered from more than 850,000 individual 360-degree assessments. Zenger Folkman training programs are packed with action-oriented information grounded in hard science and proven to increase leadership effectiveness.
Leadership Development That Drives Results
At Zenger Folkman, our research suggests leaders are the primary factor behind employee productivity, commitment, and bottom-line profitability. These factors drastically affect an organization's success.
That’s why Zenger Folkman is dedicated to providing research-proven leadership training programs to companies all over the world, ensuring that their leaders are extraordinary—and drive extraordinary results.
Strengths vs. Weakness
Too often, leadership development and training programs focus on what a leader or performer does wrong.
At Zenger Folkman, we focus our leadership development programs on building strengths. Our research shows that leaders who build their strengths, rather than fix weaknesses, are more likely to become extraordinary leaders.
360-degree Feedback in Leadership Development
At Zenger Folkman, we use hard science to determine what separates good managers from extraordinary leaders. We rely on our unique 360-degree feedback assessment process that evaluates how leaders perform in 16 differentiating competency areas. Scores are then bench marked against thousands of leaders across hundreds of industries, giving leaders a clear picture of where they stand in relation to their colleagues and other professionals across the world. Armed with this empirical data, leaders are equipped to create a personal development plan focused on those things that will have the most impact on their performance and the organization’s success.