Allen Hollander

Allen Hollander has inspired, coached and developed 1,000’s of leaders from a variety of industries. He is a sought-after facilitator for training programs, especially ones that are experiential in nature and require more than slides and workbooks to engage participants. He brings credibility, optimism and humor to all his interactions whether in the classroom, team development off-sites, or one-on-one coaching engagements with highly successful executives who have reputations as ‘impossible to work with.’

Expertise: LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT EXPERIENCES; COACHING EXECUTIVES; TEAM DEVELOPMENT OFF-SITES

certifications: EQI 2.0, EQI 360, SOCIAL STYLES, DISC, INTERACTION STYLES, INSIDEOUT COACHING.

 
As a faculty member for our leadership courses, I know I can always count on Allen…I’m impressed with his dedication, level of preparation, and his skill at engaging participants. He has a special knack for relating leadership content to fun facts and activities that resonate well with participants. Whenever I have time, I love sitting in on his sessions because I always walk away a better person.
— Director, Leadership & Customer Education, GE
 

MY BACKGROUND

Over twenty-five years of experience in leadership development, executive coaching, and facilitation has given me the privilege of working with, and learning from thousands of smart, good people doing incredible things for the world and each other.

I feel blessed because I do work that I love: Helping others get better, particularly leaders and teams. Whether it be performance management, emotional intelligence, executive presence, or team cohesion, I help my clients focus on the few most important changes that would result in the most meaningful difference in their effectiveness, impact on others, and personal well-being.

As a former biologist, I take great interest in the emerging research coming out of behavioral neuroscience, emotional intelligence and human resilience. I understand that being smart gets you pretty far. But being happy, successful, and getting others to be engaged and willingly want to work with, and follow you, is a different story, and is dependent on having “other kinds of smarts.” This is where I help.

Before corporate training, I was the manager of the Boston University School of Management’s Executive Challenge Program. For five years I led a team of outdoor adventure enthusiasts. We were the first to take the technology of ‘adventure summer camp’ and turn it into a successful business of innovative team-development programs for corporations.

 

WHY I WORK

I aim to help my clients unlock themselves from self- imposed constraints. While I want them to be successful, I also want them to feel successful - particularly leaders and managers. People, who as a profession, must get work done through other human beings, and who have a great impact on work climate and the well-being of others.
— Allen Hollander

WHEN I AM NOT WORKING

I live in southern New Hampshire, USA, where I bike, hike, paddle and sail. But those are subordinate to my passion for swing dance, in which I drum up the courage to compete and perform. My daughter, Rachel, is a nurse in NYC. My son, Jake, is in college and successfully moving towards his dream of being a tour golfer (+2). I’m also in my third term as President of a home owners association. This role provides me no end of leadership challenges and allows me the opportunity to practice what I preach!

 
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