Judith W. Umlas

Author of Grateful Leadership and Sr. Vice President

International Institute for Learning (IIL)

Grateful Leadership, Driver of Innovation

In the research done to make the dramatic connection between Grateful Leadership and Innovation, it was discovered that a critical component of the ability to innovate is “psychological safety.” When failure is not criticized or punished, but accepted, people feel free to be creative, and that will spawn innovation. People experience this when they work in a climate of appreciation and gratitude, which will be created when you employ the model of Grateful Leadership.

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About Judith W. Umlas

Judith W. Umlas is Sr. Vice President, International Institute for Learning, Inc. and author of the ground-breaking book The Power of Acknowledgment which has been credited with changing workplaces and lives by making use of the 7 Principles of Acknowledgment she developed.

Her book on Grateful Leadership: Using the Power of Acknowledgment to Engage All Your People and Achieve Superior Results was published by McGraw-Hill Professional in association with IIL in early 2013 and You’re Totally Awesome! The Power of Acknowledgment for Kids was published in late 2013 by IIL Publishing. In 2016, Judith founded the Center for Grateful Leadership—a growing, global community of practitioners and contributors to this leadership model/initiative.

Judith delivers inspiring, motivational and transformational keynote addresses on Grateful Leadership and The Power of Acknowledgment all over the world. She also leads webinars and teaches full day virtual and traditional courses to organizations such as Volvo, the U.S. Army, Prudential, JMP Engineering, the World Bank, Fannie Mae, IBM, AT&T, Google, Amway, the New York Police Department and many others. She has trained tens of thousands of people through her leading edge, highly interactive and engaging courses and keynotes – with outstanding and long-lasting results. Grateful Leadership and The Power of Acknowledgment are Judith’s passion, mission and purpose!