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Dec 7, 2020

How do we shape the leaders of the future? Is there something to the trend of promoting high performers into leadership, or should we rethink the behaviors that are required of effective, proactive leaders?  In this episode, I speak to author, keynote speaker, facilitator and coach Alain Hunkins, about the three keys to effective leadership, and the importance of putting people first.


A sought-after keynote speaker, facilitator and coach, Alain Hunkins is a leadership expert who connects the science of high performance with the performing art of leadership. Leaders trust him to help unlock their potential and expand their influence, leading to superior results, increased engagement, higher levels of retention, and greater organizational and personal satisfaction. He has a gift for translating complex concepts from psychology, neuroscience and organizational behavior into simple, practical tools that can be applied on the job.

Over the course of his 20+ year career, Alain has worked with tens of thousands of leaders in over 25 countries, and served clients in all industries, including 42 Fortune 100 companies. He delivers dynamic keynotes, seminars, and workshops covering a variety of leadership topics including communication, teambuilding, conflict management, peak performance, motivation, and change.

With his Master’s in Fine Arts in Acting from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee’s Professional Theater Training Program, and a BA from Amherst College, Alain also serves on the faculty of Duke Corporate Education, ranked #2 worldwide in 2019 by Financial Times on its list of customized Executive Education programs. Alain has  lectured at UNC Kenan-Flagler’s business school and Columbia University.

Alain has authored over 400 articles, and been published in Fast Company, Forbes, Business Insider, Chief Executive, Chief Learning Officer, The Association for Talent Development, CEO Refresher, and the American Management Association.

A certified co-leader for ManKind Project International, a non-profit whose mission is to help men lead lives of service to their families, communities, and workplaces, he’s based in Northampton, MA with his wife and two children.


Drawing on Alain Hunkins’ decades of experience training tens of thousands of leaders across 25

countries, Cracking the Leadership Code: Three Secrets to Building Strong Leaders will help you shorten your leadership learning curve and accelerate your leadership growth. Building on a simple model of Connection, Communication, and Collaboration, the book will open your eyes to the obvious and not-so-obvious reasons why leading today is so difficult. You’ll learn how to better address everyday leadership challenges and receive dozens of tools you can employ right away. Research-based, field-tested, and story-driven, Cracking the Leadership Code is a practical guide to becoming the effective, proactive leader you aspire to be.


Learn more about Alain and his book at



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