Dr. John Stahl-Wert is a best-selling author, an internationally known speaker, and a leadership development expert. Through innovative training, collaborative workshops, and best-selling books, John has impacted leaders and organizations around the world. John serves as the Founder of Center for Serving Leadership, which provides leadership solutions based on The 5 actions℠ described in John’s best-selling book, The Serving Leader.

Before Center for Serving Leadership, Dr. Stahl-Wert previously served for eighteen years at Pittsburgh Leadership Foundation where he was President and CEO. He is the founder of Pittsburgh Urban Leadership Service Experience (PULSE), Leadership Foundations Training Institute, The Union Project, and Amachi Pittsburgh. John serves as Adjunct Faculty for the Ray Bakke Centre for Urban Transformation in Hong Kong, and for Geneva College’s Master of Science in Organizational Leadership (MSOL) program.


John works with organizations that want to contribute to building a flourishing world in which serving is the trademark of leadership. These organizations value humanity over human achievment and work tirelessly to build great leaders who bring out the very best in their people. His research and writing on leadership and management focus on both the character qualities and the core competencies found in those leaders who consistently outperform the competition and attract the very best workers. John speaks on the subjects of leadership, worker engagement, and personal and professional transformation. Through leading Serving Leader Cohorts in cities around the world, embedding Serving Leader Practices inside great companies, and certifying Serving Leader Trainers, John’s passion is to build a worldwide community of Serving Leader practitioners.


John understands the challenges of life and leadership with an authority that quickly connects him to the hearts and minds of his audience. John’s presence in the room — his passion, transparency, and wisdom — stirs vision, encourages hearts, and inspires excellence.


John’s internationally best-selling books, have been translated into nine languages, gaining praise from renowned leadership experts Ken Blanchard, Henry Cloud, Max DePree, Frances Hesselbein, Laurie Beth Jones and William Pollard. The principles from these books have been embraced by leaders worldwide and successfully applied to small, mid-market and Fortune 1000 companies.

Due to its overwhelming popularity, the second edition of The Serving Leader will be released in early 2016.

John is currently putting the finishing touches on How The Serving Leader Grows, the sequel to the best-selling book, The Serving Leader. Continuing the story of Mike Wilson’s journey into serving leadership, this book goes deeper by challenging the motives behind The 5 Actions℠ of a Serving Leader.

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