10 Leadership Influencers Who Get It

Feb 13, 2017

We have a different take on leadership development than most of the learning industry. There is so much published on leadership and leadership development, it’s hard to find content that’s worth your time. We steer clear of articles full of HR-speak that just re-hash what we’ve heard before. We look for fresh, provocative ideas. The contrarian appeals to us. And we get excited by cutting-edge research and what makes people tick.

In the crowded field of leadership development, here are 10 people you should be following right now.

Megan M. Biro


Biro covers talent, branding, HR tech, leadership and digital media. CEO of TalentCulture, she is frank, prolific, and well-connected. She’s a generous and astute curator, so following her gives you access to a wealth of fantastic sources.

Favorite feature: She sprinkles her social media expertise liberally in her posts and tweets, perfect for talent pros trying to engage employees through social channels.

Richard Branson


The Virgin Group founder comments on leadership, business, and his personal passions. He describes himself as a “tie-loathing adventurer, philanthropist & troublemaker, who believes in turning ideas into reality.” You’ll learn something and be entertained.

Favorite feature: Branson often posts cool vintage photos like this one. virg.in/ZAs 

Matt Charney


Charney is Editor in Chief of Recruiting Daily. He’s been a recruiting and marketing leader at some of the world’s biggest brands. He gets where HR and Marketing intersect – and helps HR pros do it better. Charney calls himself “an HR & Recruiting Nerd.” We appreciate his candor.

Favorite feature: Track Charney’s tweets from conferences. It’s like being there – with a snarky friend.

Lolly Daskal


Daskal pushes people to speak from the heart, say what they mean. She pokes at misperceptions and common mistakes of leadership. She’s incredibly active on social media, giving you access to a bunch of interesting material.

Favorite feature: Quotes that will get you thinking. Like this: “If we don’t address poor behavior, we’re encouraging it through our inaction.” – Frank Sonnenberg

Kenneth Fee


Fee hails from Glasgow, and heads OD for the non-profit Sense Scotland. A look through his Twitter feed – an eclectic mix of movies, music, wine, organizational strategy and left-leaning politics – makes us feel right at home. And we have to respect anyone who can pull off using the phrase “vacuous dirge.”

Favorite feature: Fee takes the time to add his own thinking on top of what he shares out.

David Green


Find data fascinating? (Don’t we all these days) Green posts on people analytics. He doesn’t editorialize as much as curate – his focus is crystal clear when you look at his posts. Need some stats for a presentation? Trying to get a handle on talent trends? Take a look.

Favorite feature: He shares great charts, graphics, and data visualizations that make complex data easy to digest.

Jen Lee


In her role as an HR project director at SAP, Lee manages complex and strategic projects. Follow her on Twitter and you can tap into a wealth of articles on all aspects of diversity and inclusion. She also talks about HR tech trends.

Favorite feature: Many of her posts highlight concrete actions SAP is taking around diversity and inclusion. Encouraging!

Gianpiero Petriglieri


Petriglieri is an associate professor of management at INSEAD. His interests bridge leadership, identity, adult development, and experiential learning. He tweets on everything from management to politics to tennis to food.

Favorite feature: His unvarnished commentary when he shares posts from others.

Bill Taylor


As founding editor of Fast Company, Taylor interviews leading CEOs from established and up and coming companies. He talks about leadership and talent with a C-suite point of view. You’ll see a lot of promotion of his book Simply Brilliant—but we can’t fault him for that.

Favorite feature: Taylor’s quick to speak up when he disagrees with prevailing wisdom.

Kellye Whitney


Associate Editorial Director for Human Capital Media (HCM), Whitney oversees digital and print media strategy for Chief Learning Officer and Diversity Executive. You’ll find this journalist’s voice and fingerprints all across the HCM platform.

Favorite feature: Don’t miss Whitney’s personal blog, “A Life Not Grey.” Here she unleashes her strong writing and strong opinions in full force.

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