Ira Chaleff

“Executive Coach” President
Coaching High Performers to Better Results

Ira Chaleff is the founder and president of Executive Coaching & Consulting Associates. He has been named one of the top 100 leadership thinkers by Executive Excellence Magazine. He practices the high-stakes art of helping talented people prepare for and succeed in senior level roles that demand continuing professional growth. Whether working with Members of Congress and CEOs, or leadership teams and mid-level managers, he brings clarity to core success issues, and provides savvy and supportive guidance in effectively tackling them.

As a coach, Ira provides a stimulating and safe environment for executives and their teams to examine, evaluate and significantly improve their management styles, skills and processes. Through targeted interviews, work-climate surveys, and multi-viewpoint feedback instruments, he involves all those who have a stake in the change process, analyzes their input and provides frank, constructive feedback sessions. In consultation with his clients, he designs programs that foster individual and team growth, and provides the coaching and facilitation to achieve desired outcomes. He simultaneously challenges and empowers the wider group to support the process so it is not undermined before beginning to demonstrate visible and sustainable results.

As a consultant, Ira conducts in-depth analyses of organization strengths and weaknesses and facilitates strategy reviews and organization retreats. He helps clients streamline core business processes, navigate organizational and business transitions and enrich internal communication. He helps boards and senior executives clarify problematic situations, identifies options for addressing these and guides the leadership team in moving the organization from its existing state to a more desirable condition. He particularly enjoys working with mission-driven organizations whose social value generates deep commitment at all levels of the organization.

For examples of the type of work Ira does, see cases histories, Merging Exec Teams, Interpersonal Conflict, and the Strategic Planning Retreat workshop.

As an author and speaker, Ira focuses on the vital relationships between leaders and followers, exploring the rarely examined dynamic styles of followership that contribute to leadership and organization success. His book, The Courageous Follower: Standing Up To and For Our Leaders (Berrett-Koehler, 2nd edition 2002), is recognized as a classic in the field, is in its second edition and has been translated into several languages. The new book he has co-edited, The Art of Followership: How Great Followers Make Great Leaders and Organizations (Jossey Bass, January, 2008), has been chosen for the highly esteemed Warren Bennis Leadership Series. Ira has been invited to speak about and conduct workshops on leader-follower dynamics for many organizations. For more information about this work see Ira’s most recent book, Intelligent Disobedience: Doing Right When What You’re Told to Do Is Wrong was named the best new leadership book of 2015 by the University of San Diego,


Ira’s background in the public and private sector informed his book, The Courageous Follower: Standing Up To and For Our Leaders, which has received wide critical acclaim. Since publishing this book, Ira has been invited to speak about and conduct workshops on leader-follower dynamics for many organizations. For more information about this work see Courageous Follower Workshops.

Ira was also a founding partner of the Institute for Business Technology, US. IBT now known as PEPWorldwide, conducts its popular “Personal Efficiency Programs” in eighteen countries, providing seminars and coaching in work flow management for many Fortune 500 companies and government agencies. Ira has published numerous articles on Workload Management in the information age.

Prior to forming IBT US, Ira served as executive director of the Congressional Management Foundation, a non-profit group providing management training and consulting to congressional offices. He has facilitated over a hundred team building and planning retreats for individual congressional offices and has authored and edited several books and studies on management in political environments, Ira is now Chair emeritus of the foundation.

Ira’s clients have included a wide range of organizations:

Private Sector: American Management Systems, Amtrak, DuPont-Dow Elastomers, Ernst and Young, LLP, GlaxoSmithKline, Helvoet Pharma, Kraft, Sprint, USA Today, Volvo, Fresnius Vascular Care, Close Brothers Bank

Non-Profits: AARP, Credit Union National Association, Georgetown University, National Democratic Institute, National Public Radio, National Council for the Social Studies, Radio-Free Europe, National Rural Electric Cooperatives

Government: Federal Judicial Center, Smithsonian Institution, Goddard Space Flight Center, US Department of Agriculture, Federal Executive Institute, US Navy

Ira holds a degree in Applied Behavioral Science and is a Board Certified Coach from the Center for Credentialing and Education. He is a board member of International Leadership Association. Ira lives in the Greater Washington, D.C., area where he is adjunct faculty at Georgetown University’s Center for Professional Development.

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