John Engels


John Engels

John Engels

President | Leadership Coaching, Inc.

John Engels founded Leadership Coaching, Inc. in 1996, based on the integration of three cutting-edge research disciplines: neuroscience, Bowen Family Systems Theory, and the evolution of leadership in non-human species. Under John’s guidance, his consulting team continues to draw on decades of learning with family researchers and with accomplished scientists who study the leadership behavior of wolves, elephants, chimpanzees, and other animals. John earned an undergraduate degree in mass communications from St. Bonaventure University, and a master’s degree in theology from the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, CA. After those formal studies, Engels began his “real education” 20 years of study in Bowen Family Systems Theory, and 20 years of monthly visits to a lifer’s group inside Attica Prison. As both learner and teacher, John has traveled to many of the world’s most challenging environments, including Bangladesh, Haiti, Lebanon and post-Apartheid South Africa. He has addressed global audiences on topics related to the science and practice of high-maturity leadership, including at the American University of Beirut, Caritas Bangladesh, Cornell University, Enterprise Worldwide, The Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco, Japan Family Center, The Port of Beirut, Simon School of Business, Taziki Psychiatric Hospital in Okinawa, and The United States Military Academy at West Point.