As a student of leadership and a highly successful practitioner of leadership, I can assert, with rabid conviction, that leadership skills and success are not attained through buzz-words and theatrics. To a frightening extent, contemporary leadership training has evolved into a competition of gimmicks and catch-phrases. The professional development of our most precious resource - our people - should be handled with a higher level of sophistication than choosing a box of cereal. There are millions of resources available for studying the science of leadership. They vary wildly in granularity and conclusion. Unfortunately, these works often focus on frivolous management "add-on" concepts - the cup holders and chrome if you will. But these add-ons have no relevance; no benefit to an organization, in the absence of the leadership vehicle itself. The core of leadership is core values. The best predictor of leadership success is character. The fact is, all good leadership starts with good people. The one consistent thread in every organizational success story is the effective blending of character, communication, vision, visibility, trust, humility and courage. And in most leadership disasters we find traces of flawed ethics, lack of integrity, self-absorption or greed. If your business recognizes that cup holders and chrome will not move the machine; will not inspire the people; will not connect you to your constituents; will not achieve the necessary alignment between the organization's priorities and those of your people, you are ready to address the topic of leadership - genuine, success-snaring leadership. This presentation is truth-based. It will not warm the souls of everyone in the room; every time. It is not designed to make everyone feel good. It is designed to make the people who have the prerequisite traits to lead effectively feel good. It is designed to inspire the hearts of the people who can actually move your organization to where it wants to go. Any trainer that says they can make an effective leader out of anyone - for the price of admission - is tragically mistaken or has never led...period. If pure entertainment is the objective of your leadership development efforts, you have endless options to fulfill your needs. If your organization is interested in using your training investment for the purpose of cultivating game-changing leadership and tangible, performance-based benefits, I would be honored to provide that. And, in addition to cultivating future leaders, current leaders need to know what raw, undeveloped leadership potential looks like. If you consistently choose the wrong people, for consistently wrong reasons, you will consistently underperform. When you know what leadership looks like, you will spot it with surprising ease in surprising places. Chris Brown is a moving, powerful speaker with an extraordinarily unique pedigree of leadership experience and success. He challenges conventional wisdom; connects with diverse audiences; bolsters his message with a wealth of hands-on experience; and yes, he even uses humor. Check his biography on SpeakerMatch. .