For over 30 years, Joe Folkman has been assessing and studying top leaders in every industry as a world-renowned psychometrician.

He is the co-founder and President of Zenger Folkman, a firm specializing in 360-degree assessments, leadership and organizational development. As a distinguished expert in the field of measurement, his unique surveys and assessments are designed utilizing a database comprised of over a million assessments on over 100,000 leaders. Because these tools specifically address critical business results, facilitating development and change is the main focus of measurement efforts.

He is the master at helping leaders gather and receive feedback and turn it into lasting change.

His client include several Fortune 500 organizations including companies such as AT&T, Celgene, General Motors, General Mills, Reed-Elsevier, Invesco, Wells Fargo, MUFG and Yale University. The diversity of industries and business models has provided him with a powerful learning opportunity and an exceptional research base.

He has frequently contributed to Harvard Business Review, Forbes, Business Insider, CLO Magazine, Talent and Development Magazine, and Talent Quarterly. His research has also been repeatedly featured in venues such as Business Week, Fortune, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Inc., and Fast Company.

Prior to forming Zenger Folkman, Joe was a founding partner of Novations Group, Inc., where he led the employee survey and 360-degree assessment practice. Joe holds a doctorate degree in Social and Organizational Psychology, as well as a master’s degree in Organizational Behavior from Brigham Young University.

He is the best-selling author or co-author of nine books on leadership and feedback. He is an avid gardener, former cyclist, and grill master.


ATD Distinguished Contribution to Talent Development Award Top Leadership Partner and Provider
ISA Thought Leader of the Year
William G. Dyer Distinguished Alumni Award

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Notable Research and Topics

The Trifecta of Trust
Women in Leadership (Leading in a Crisis, Effectiveness, Strategic Thinking and Boldness)
Leadership Agility
Elevating Feedback and the Power of Assessments
Bold Leadership
Developing Strengths
Employee Engagement
Extraordinary Teams


In The Trifecta of Trust, psychometrics and leadership expert Joseph R. Folkman has collected a mountain of compelling data to make the irrefutable case for the value of trust in leadership.

His research shows that three core behaviors create and reinforce trust from others. By mastering this leadership trust trifecta, you can increase your success and happiness, both in business and life.