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Patrick  Leddin, PhD

Patrick Leddin, PhD

Best-Selling WSJ Author, Speaker, Podcast Host, Entrepreneur & Professor

Patrick Leddin, PhD

Best-Selling WSJ Author, Speaker, Podcast Host, Entrepreneur & Professor


For more than three decades, Patrick Leddin, PhD has been leading teams and studying leadership. His hands-on leadership experience has stretched from leading soldiers as a U.S. Army master parachute, infantry, ranger-qualified officer to working with senior corporate leaders at KPMG Consulting, Franklin Covey, and his own companies.

Patrick is the author of the Wall Street Journal Best-seller The 5-Week Leadership Challenge: 35 Action Steps to Become the Leader You Were Meant to Be as well as A Winning Culture in Government, Oliver’s Spot: The 5 Ps Leading Teams to Top Results and Oliver’s Spot for the Public Sector.

His speaking engagements and consulting work have allowed him to partner with clients and present to countless audiences in the United States, Canada, China, Malaysia, Singapore, Great Britain, Aruba, Iceland, Germany, Denmark, Belgium, Guam, and many other countries around the world. Past clients include Vector, General Electric, Samsung, U.S. Secret Service, Penn State Leadership Academy, Trilogy Health Services, Ecolab, Long John Silver, and Boston Consulting Group.

In 2001, Patrick and his wife Jamie co-founded Wedgewood Consulting Group, Inc., an Inc. 5000 company. Over 11 years, Wedgewood Group assembled an amazing team, opened offices in multiple cities, achieved double-digit annual revenue growth each year, and served an impressive list of clients before being acquired in 2012. In 2018, Patrick and Jamie launched the Leddin Group, LLC to help leaders and teams achieve their full potential and accomplish their top priories.

Patrick is the founder and host of the weekly Leadership Lab Podcast with a 1.4 % Global Rank. He has had the privilege to interview and talk leadership with more than 120 guests to date, including Stephan M.R. Covey, Patrick Lencioni, Marshall Goldsmith, and more. Patrick has more than 100,000 followers on LinkedIn due to his great content and teachings.

In addition to his work at Leddin Group, Patrick serves as Associate Professor and Associate Director of the Practice of Business Studies at Vanderbilt University, where he teaches Corporate Strategy, Negoaon, Advanced Marketing, and Crisis Leadership. He brings his years of practical experience to the classroom, allowing his students to meld theory with real-world implementation.

Patrick received his PhD in Strategic Communication from the University of Kentucky. Lives in Nashville with his wife of 30 plus years/ business partner, has two adult children, and a son-in-law. He is an avid outdoors man and mountain climber; and has climbed Mount Kilimanjaro.

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Speech Topics

5 Practices of an Impactful Leader: Become the Leader You Were Meant to Be!

Patrick Leddin, PhD is a powerful storyteller who takes his audiences on a journey that explores what it truly means to lead themselves and others effectively. Current and aspiring leaders will be drawn into the presentation as they reflect on their motivations, desires, and commitments. They will leave the presentation inspired to write their own leadership story and to achieve new levels of performance.

Participants will:

  • Gain clarity and knowledge to better lead themselves and others.
  • Be inspired to own their leadership story by taking full responsibility for their mindset, behaviors, and results.
  • Understand and appreciate the leadership journey that they are on and how to put their daily challenges into a long-term perspective.

Key Themes

Leadership Is Your Decision, Not Your Title

You have likely met someone who held a formal leadership position but failed to lead others. That person was unable to understand that being a leader is not about a title, job description, or spot in the parking lot. It’s about daily choices, the desire to influence and grow others, and the drive to deliver positive, measurable results. None of these actions require a title, but they do require you to choose to lead.

The Power of Your Story

Stories allow us to share our history, teach lessons, and influence others. You can learn to leverage this power as you write your personal leadership story. A story that will endure beyond your time in the organization. It will serve as a long-term reminder of what it felt like to work for you, the results you achieved, and how you grew others in the process. Not only is your leadership story memorable and influential, but it is a function of your daily intentions, behaviors, and results. You are the author of your leadership story.

Think Like a Leader

If you aren’t thrilled with your results, don’t merely look at your actions. Dig deeper and consider your mindset. In other words, think about how you think. Being a great leader requires you to think differently. Explore ten key leadership mindsets, learn why each mindset matters, assess how you are currently performing, and create a plan to get better.

Step Up and Disrupt: Trust Your Gut, Take a Risk, and Change the World

In his keynote, Dr. Patrick Leddin will challenge you to think and act in new ways. He will share real life examples of disruptive leaders who trust their gut, blaze a new path, walk to the beat of their own drum, and bring out the best in others. These are people who have found what they love to do in their work and life, and choose every day to make a difference.

After attending this keynote, leaders will:

  • Assess gaps in their mindset, actions, and results through the lens of disruption.
  • See opportunities for disruption in their world, within their team, and with their customers for greater success.
  • Commit to carving out their own disruptive path and be better prepared to help others to do the same.
  • Use a new disruptive framework including 4 disruptive areas (Self, Others, Opportunities, Execution), 8 disruptive mindsets and 16 disruptive actions driving innovation in their organization.