About

Official portrait of Rob McCleland

Hey, I’m Rob,

I’ve been studying leadership and directing organizations for over two decades, and today I’m more passionate about it than ever.  I grew up in the small town of Oroville, California. My childhood included a life of welfare and a mom that married and divorced 4 times before I was a teenager. But there were also caring neighbors, good teachers, and great friends. I made many mistakes and learned from many of them. Eventually I discovered that I could to lead myself, and ultimately that I could learn to lead others.

I went on to earn a Master’s degree and then a PhD in Organizational Leadership! I taught in an MBA program and loved seeing other people grow. I had a blast as a professor–I committed to my students to “keep it real” and I was honored to receive the university’s highest instructor rating. But my favorite kind of leadership is developing motivated people who wanted to have better lives.

I’ve had the privilege of leading some great teams at a college campus in Washington DC, a Medical Foundation in the Silicon Valley, and an International nonprofit in Chicago that had hospitals and schools around the world. More recently, I served for a season as the Executive Director of EQUIP Leadership Inc., founded by John Maxwell, and I currently lead his Leadership Foundation. I’ve been very blessed to do what I love.

Friends, the highest form of leadership is NEVER based on a company or a position or a title. The highest form of leadership is based on your influence. It’s true! Your best leadership will be based on trust, collaboration, significant achievement, and great celebrations.

On the personal side, I’ve been married for over 30 years to the beautiful Dawn, we have one married daughter, one amazing grandson, and a wimpy little dog. If you’d like to learn more, listen to my podcasts. I’ll be vulnerable about my failures, transparent about my feelings, and passionate about the opportunity to help others.

LeaderTribe is for those who want to grow, little by little and step by step. If that’s you, welcome to the Tribe.