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John Engels

Founder and President, Leadership Coaching, Inc., Rochester, NY


John Engels is a relationship researcher who teaches, coaches, speaks and writes internationally on leadership, societal anxiety, and emotional maturity.


John’s formal education includes degrees in journalism (St. Bonaventure University), theology and world religions (Graduate Theological Union at Berkeley, CA.) and 27 years of study and research in Bowen Family Systems Theory at the Georgetown Family Center in Washington, DC (now the Bowen Center for the Study of the Family).


In 1996, he founded Leadership Coaching, Inc., a consortium of executive coaches who share a specialized background in Bowen Family Systems Theory.  Their work seeks to build strong families, resilient family businesses and healthy systems across all sectors of human society.


John and his colleagues help leaders examine the key building blocks of exceptional relationship management, including the beliefs, assumptions and biases that influence their decisions.


His work is informed by four decades of interactions with law enforcement chiefs, business heads, indigenous and spiritual leaders, cross-cultural village elders, Attica Prison inmates, animal biologists, military combat leaders, and education and government administrators.


John’s podcasts and programs have been sponsored by Vistage Chairs, the Family Business Alliance, Young Presidents Organization, New York State Chiefs of Police, United States Military Academy at West Point, California Ambulatory Surgery Association, Caritas Bangladesh, the American University of Beirut, Tazaki Psychiatric Hospital in Okinawa, the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants in Dublin, the Animal Welfare Administrators of British Columbia, the Gandhi Institute, and hundreds of other organizations.


John teaches in the Family Business Leadership Certificate Program at Cornell University’s Johnson School of Business, and is a Fellow of the Smith Family Business Initiative at Cornell.  He is an Advisor for the Bowen Center for the Study of the Family in Washington, DC., and for “Exploring Racism,” a regional racial awareness program for senior-level executives.

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“A willingness to see ourselves in perspective, and to view our problems as relatively routine, provides the emotional space to think more broadly and deeply.”

— John Engels
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