The Psychology of Leadership: Dr. Henry Cloud's Passion to Help


12 March 2020

Dr. Henry Cloud is more than a leadership consultant. He’s more than a clinical psychologist. Henry is a clinical psychologist who specializes in providing practical advice to be a better leader, partner and person. 

He is dedicated to helping people improve. Now, he balances his time between his private practice in California, advising corporations and individuals on leadership development and speaking at leadership and faith events around the world. 

Henry started his journey aiding others as the co-founder of Minirth-Meier ClinicWest, a chain of psychological treatment centers that spread to more than 40 cities on the West Coast. He leans on his personal experience leading this chain of clinics and what he’s learned through his psychological research and practice to bring out the best in leaders.

On top of this, Henry is a prolific author. He published his first book, Boundaries: When to Say Yes, How to Say No to Take Control of Your Life, in 1992. This evolved into a five-part series, including Boundaries for Leaders, which dives into the key characteristics and boundaries of leaders who drive results. In total, he has written 20 books that have sold more than 20 million copies.

Henry joined us for Leadercast 2014, where he taught the crowd how their influence unknowingly spreads from their leadership. An avid fisherman and boater, Henry used his experience on the water to depict how leaders affect the people and environments around them. 

“A boat leaves a wake on two sides,” Henry points out. “You leave a wake behind you in every interaction, in every day, in every project, in every season you lead.”

The two sides of the wake are results and relationships, and both matter to leadership. Just as a boat’s wake spreads to the shore, Henry asked leaders to be mindful of their conversations and decisions as leaders because these actions carry farther than the initial event.

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“You leave a wake behind you in every interaction, in every day, in every project, in every season you lead.” — Dr. Henry Cloud

Spark creativity in your team with the wisdom Dr. Henry Cloud delivers at Leadercast 2020—Positive Disruption on Thursday, May 7, at Infinite Energy Center, in Duluth.


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