#1 Bestselling Business Author, Organizational Culture, Employee Engagement, and Leadership Expert
#1 Bestselling Business Author, Organizational Culture, Employee Engagement and Leadership Expert Chester is one of today’s most influential voices in workplace trends. Elton has spent two decades helping clients engage their employees to execute on strategy, vision, and values.
In his provocative, inspiring and always entertaining talks, #1 bestselling leadership author Chester Elton provides real solutions to leaders looking to manage change, drive innovation, deal with anxiety and lead a multi-generational workforce. Elton’s work is supported by research with more than one million working adults, revealing the proven secrets behind high-performance cultures and teams.
He has been called the “Apostle of Appreciation” by Canada’s Globe and Mail, “creative and refreshing‚” by the New York Times, and a “must read for modern managers” by CNN. Elton is co-author of the multiple award-winning New York Times and #1 USA Today and Wall Street Journal bestselling leadership book, All In, The Carrot Principle, Leading With Gratitude and Anxiety At Work.
His books have been translated in more than 30 languages and have sold more than 1.6 million copies worldwide. Elton is often quoted in publications such as the Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Fast Company and the New York Times. He has appeared on NBC’s Today, CNN, ABC, MSNBC, National Public Radio and CBS’s 60 Minutes.
In 2021 Global Gurus research organization ranked him as #4 in the world’s top leadership experts and #3 in the world’s top organizational culture experts; and he is a member of Marshall Goldsmith’s 100 Coaches pay it forward project. Elton is the co-founder of Find Mojo a global assessment company and a board member of Camp Corral, a non-profit for the children of wounded and fallen military heroes. He serves as a leadership consultant and coach to firms such as American Express, AT&T, Avis Budget Group and Procter & Gamble, Texas Roadhouse restaurants, and his beloved New Jersey Devils in the NHL to name a few.
He is most proud, however, to be the father of four exceptional children and three grandchildren, and happily married to the extraordinary Heidi Olsen Elton for almost 40 years!
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Awards & Achievements
New York Times and Wall Street Journal Bestselling Author
Chester is co-author of the New York Times and #1 BusinessWeek, Wall Street Journal and USA Today bestselling books All In, The Carrot Principle and The Best Team Wins.
More than 1.5 million copies of his books have been sold in more than 50 countries.
In 2020, Chester released latest book and soon-to-be bestseller Leading with Gratitude which is now available everywhere.
Creator of the Groundbreaking Motivators Assessment
Created from the results of workplace surveys with more than 1 million people and taken by more than 100,000 participants, the Motivators Assessment is used by more than 75% of the Fortune 500 and is the world’s most extensive and scientific assessment to help individuals discover what’s most important to them at work.
Global Guru and Enduring Impact
In 2020, Global Gurus research organization ranked Chester #4 among the world’s top leadership experts and #2 among the world’s top organizational culture experts.
The Employee Engagement Awards 2020 named him a Top 101 Global Employee Engagement Influencer; and Engagedly named him a Top HR Influencer of 2020.
He is a member of Marshall Goldsmith’s 100 Coaches Project, a member of the Fast Company Impact Council, and serves as a board member for Camp Corral (a non-profit for the children of wounded and fallen military heroes.)
“OMG, I have to say Chester has been our BEST speaker!!! He was engaging, funny, and had a concrete message. He was well received. His interaction with the audience was the best. I definitely recommend Chester to others at J&J!”
“Chester has been a great resource in my career by walking the journey with me on a bi-weekly basis. Chester worked with me to set goals for my new role as a global leader, while allowing time for quarterly evaluations on progress. During the coaching sessions, Chester has provided honest and constructive feedback that has allowed me to grow in my executive presence and communication skills. Chester has a great attitude and leads with gratitude!”
“During a leadership development program I was involved in, I was provided the gift of having Chester Elton as my career coach. During that time, I felt like I had a powerhouse of positivity, with practical and impactful guidance for upping my leadership game, in my back pocket. I often go back to what I learned from Chester because what he taught me becomes relevant in new ways as I continue to grow and I’ll always be grateful having him in my corner.”
“Chester knocked it out of the park, helping our leaders understand part of their success in getting maximum results is through creating the right culture! I wish I had counted how many leaders came up to me throughout the week and said how much they enjoyed his session.”
“Chester received a standing ovation. I’d say that it was a grand slam, home run to spearhead a cultural change initiative throughout our region. Chester’s approach to combine strategy and tactics, supported by real-world studies, was instrumental at not only gaining participants buy-in, but at inspiring our leaders and helping us formulate actionable plans to move forward.”
Chester Elton is one of the finest business speakers I have come across in my 15 year professional career around the world. He spoke for 120 leaders of our Novartis General Medicines Team in Barcelona. Insights gained from his presentation can be used everyday, It’s creating a cultural shift in our organization that I’ve not seen any talk do!
“Chester is an amazing speaker. He is engaging, entertaining and delivers a powerful message about how to create a culture of employee engagement. Our staff and leadership team left inspired and put what we learned tow work!“
“Chester was the ‘WOW’ at our conference. His ‘All In’ principles aligned to every aspect of our key messaging and reinforced the effectiveness of our approach. We can’t wait to continue this momentum and enthusiasm!”
“Chester was outstanding and delivered a message that fully aligned with our vision. The audience engagement was off the charts. He incorporated specific Fannie Mae examples into his session to make the message relevant to our employees. His energy and engagement style elicited many emotions from the audience but mostly laughter. They are still talking about how motivating Chester was! He was a fantastic ending to our annual conference!”
“An outstanding speaker. Chester’s valuable message was punctuated with incredible energy and humor.”
“Chester’s extremely high energy is contagious with audiences as he inspired and motivated our attendees. He really took the time to get to know Golden Corral and customized his remarks to be relevant for our restaurant managers and franchisees. He continues to rank among our best speakers ever and I highly recommend Chester.”
“Folks at various levels throughout our organization are still raving about Chester’s session. He received the highest marks of any speaker. Not only was he entertaining, but he put time into getting it right and the content really resonated with this group. That says a lot for such a quiet and cynical crowd.”