Richard Gerver

Best-Selling Author, Innovator, Educator, World renowned expert in Change, Leadership & Human Potential

Richard Gerver has been described as one of the most inspirational leaders of his generation. He argues, however, that great leadership is about serving the needs of the people that work for you and rely upon you. The three core principles that underpin Gerver's philosophy are communication, empowerment and impact.

Gerver is one of the most celebrated speakers in the world. His insights into change, leadership and education are unique thanks to his own extraordinary journey, which has seen him go from being a an award winning school principal to board member of two international businesses, including Cordant, the largest recruitment group in Europe.  He is a best-selling author, award winning speaker and advisor to governments, high performing corporate and sporting organizations.

On leaving his 20 year career in education he has worked to explore the links between great leadership, human potential, change and innovation. He was awarded an Honorary Doctorate by The University of Derby in the UK where he now sits on the Court.

He has twice been named "Business Speaker of the Year" and has written three critically acclaimed best-selling books: The number one best sellers, Simple Thinking (Capstone/Wiley) and Change; Learn to Love it, Learn to Lead it (Portfolio Penguin) and also Creating Tomorrow’s Schools Today (Bloomsbury) which is widely regarded as one of the most seminal books ever written in education. His books have been translated into a number of languages, reflecting his international reach including Chinese, Korean, Arabic, Spanish and Italian.

He regularly advises governments and major corporations globally and has worked with organizations as diverse as Google, UK Sport, Visa, Microsoft, Morgan Stanley, Deloitte, Harrods, Puig, the LMA, Telefonica and The IBO.

He has also worked with elite and professional sports organizations on self-leadership and change including; Olympic and Paralympic coaches, managers and coaches in the English Premier League Soccer, Golf and Professional Cricket. He has also recently started working with the British Music Industry to help them develop a capacity for forward proactive and sustainable change.

Gerver is a regular media commentator who is often seen or heard on the BBC and often works as a writer in the print media. His work has been profiled everywhere from REDES on Spanish television to the pages of newspapers on every continent.

His speeches are always passionate, provocative and humorous; thanks to his natural and honest style, which draws on his own experiences and meetings, to humanize often challenging and complex issues. He is passionate about people, their potential and the future. It is his ability to bring the authenticity and uniqueness of his own journey that has helped to win him the global acclaim, which has led to his plaudits and his invitations to speak on the most recognized stages, including TED and the RSA. He is the speaker’s speaker, Sir Ken Robinson saying of him:

“He is the practical embodiment of high-thinking on unleashing creativity and human potential.”

Whatever sector Gerver works in, his principals remain the same: Organizations need to remember that systems and structures change nothing, people do and that to ensure that we get the best from those we work with, lead and serve, we must be committed to developing the communication, understanding and actions that lead to a culture of empowerment resulting in a long term demonstrable impact.