Founded in 2003 by Dr. Jack Zenger and Dr. Joseph Folkman, Zenger Folkman began with three primary objectives to create value for leaders. The first is to discover and share a simple model of leadership and how it can be developed. The second is that the content, findings, and solutions must spark new actions and new behaviors. Lastly, the insistence that insights are based on hard data, facts, and statistical analyses from large sets of data.
Zenger Folkman relentlessly seeks to rise above the inconsistent, and sometimes misleading, nature of popular leadership philosophies and beliefs brought on by opinion. The discipline of leadership and those who pursue greatness in it deserve much better.
Our most valuable asset is the expertise of combining hard data and statistical analysis with logical explanations and actionable application. Using a cultivated global leadership database, Zenger Folkman develops models and concepts that successfully help individual leaders thrive and organizations succeed.
We work with clients who don’t hide from the future of leadership, but who want to define it.
We cultivate a robust and comprehensive database so thriving leadership cultures can begin with great data.
We are wise beyond our business years. Our decade’s worth of research is what will deliver the difference.
We have chosen to positively impact the world through leadership. Our purpose is to discover and develop leadership strengths that empower people and organizations.
If leadership development was a literary epic, you’d play the hero. Success in leadership development comes from doing more of what works and less of what doesn’t. We know you have a vision for leadership of your own—our decades of experience, global data, and practical solutions can bring your strategy to life.
We help you get the right things done right. With technology driving an explosive array of learning options, leaders are overwhelmed with choices and less satisfied with the experiences. You can’t succeed without your leaders and your leaders can’t succeed without the right experiences. Insights from our global leadership database, along with real-world application, will help you maximize your technology investments and enhance proven tools to elevate the leadership experience
Organizations partner with Zenger Folkman because our research introduces powerful insights that inspire good leaders to become great leaders. We don’t want to simply deliver an idea—we want your leaders to see and feel what the world of work would be like with extraordinary leadership.
You know your company like the back of your hand. We’re leadership development specialists with a track record of empowering people and organizations. When we work together, you can achieve great things.
For over 15 years, we’ve partnered with 2,000+ organizations to create thriving leadership cultures.
The most important award is experiencing the partnership and success of our clients, but the industry takes notice of our outstanding work.
Client stories — December, 2021