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. Whether working in the public sector with Senior Executive Service leaders or in the private sector with CEOs and leadership teams, he brings clarity to core success issues, and provides savvy and supportive guidance in tackling them.

As a coach, Ira provides a stimulating and safe environment for executives and their teams to examine and improve their leadership and followership styles and processes. One-on-one onsite or remote coaching identifies and focuses on the strategic, organizational and political challenges and opportunities his clients face. When interpersonal dynamics need remedying, he involves all those who have a stake in the change process, analyzes their input and provides frank, constructive feedback. While focusing on the individual client, he engages the wider group in supporting the coaching process to give it the time needed to achieve the desired 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 groundbreaking book, The Courageous Follower: Standing Up To and For Our Leaders, 3rd edition, is recognized as a classic in the field and has been translated into multiple languages. The text book he has co-edited, The Art of Followership: How Great Followers Make Great Leaders and Organizations  has been chosen for the highly esteemed Warren Bennis Leadership Series. Ira speaks about and conducts workshops on leader-follower dynamics for a wide range of 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, and is attracting attention from senior levels of the military to those engaged in early childhood development. For more information see

Ira was a founding partner of the Institute for Business Technology, US. IBT now known as PEPWorldwide, conducts its popular “Personal Efficiency Programs” globally, 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.

Ira has 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, among them:

Private Sector: Ernst and Young, LLP, GlaxoSmithKline, Kraft,  Volvo,

Non-Profits: AARP, Council of International Schools, Credit Union National Association, Georgetown University, National Democratic Institute, National Public Radio, Radio-Free Europe, National Rural Electric Cooperatives

Government: Federal Executive Institute, NASA, The Smithsonian Institution, US Department of Agriculture, US Army, US Navy, Royal Military Academy Sandhurst, EU Commission

Ira holds a degree in Applied Behavioral Science and is a Board Certified Coach from the Center for Credentialing and Education. As of January 1, 2018 he completed two terms of board service for the International Leadership Association and is a Visiting Leadership Scholar at Cambridge University in England. Ira lives in the Blue Ridge Mountains outside of Washington, D.C., where he is adjunct faculty at the Federal Executive Institute in Charlottesville, Virginia.

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