Thomas J. Leonard

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Thomas J. Leonard (July 31, 1955 – February 11, 2003) was a major contributor to the development of personal coaching.[1][2] He was an EST employee in the 1980s[3] and founded Coach U,[4] the International Coach Federation, Coachville, and the International Association of Coaching[5][6] He participated in the foundation of the Coaches Training Institute deeply.[5] He was the founder concerned with establishment of the other companies and organizations of coaching.[7]

Notable contributions to coaching[edit]

  • Writing 6 coaching-related books, along with 14 internally published works available exclusively to the coaches at Coach University.
  • Founding the International Coach Federation in 1995.
  • Starting in 1998. is a virtual university with over 20,000 students, offering over 100 teleclasses during any given week, delivered via conference call and RealAudio.
  • Writing 28 personal and professional development programs which are used by coaches, training firms, and Fortune 100 companies.
  • Being featured on over 100 hours of commercially available audio-tape sets demonstrating techniques and processes of coaching.
  • Developing a popular website called, which contains over 1,000 (needs verification) Top 10 Lists on all subjects. (This is arguably one of the Internet's first article directories.[8]
  • Founding Coach U, the oldest and largest professional coach training organization.
  • Founding and managing of as CEO. Coachville is a network and trainer of coaches a majority in the U.S.
  • Founding the Graduate School of Coaching, a comprehensive coach training school (1000 courses in development), with 1400 students from 35 countries.
  • Founding the International Association of Coaching, a professional coaching association.
  • Publishing Today's Coach, a coaching industry ezine with over 30,000 subscribers.

Personal and professional development tools[edit]

  • Personal Foundation
  • Certified Strategist
  • Toleration-Free
  • Clean Sweep
  • SuperSensitive Person
  • A Perfect Life
  • Certified Critical Eye


  • Working Wisdom
  • The Portable Coach, Scribner, August 1998, ISBN 978-0-684-85041-2
  • Becoming a Coach
  • Simply Brilliant, ISBN 978-1-929668-00-7
  • Coaching Forms Book
  • The Distinctionary
  • 28 Laws of Attraction, Scribner, December 2007, ISBN 978-1-4165-7103-2

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Coach or Couch, Choose Your Therapy. New York Times. Published: July 13, 2003.
  2. ^ "About". International Association of Coaching. Retrieved 2019-05-10.
  3. ^ Jane Renton, "Coaching and Mentoring: What They Are and How to Make the Most of Them". The Economist Newspaper. Ltd.,2009, pgs 8 & 27.
  4. ^ The Inner Game of Business - Thomas Leonard built an industry out of the contradictions in himself. Joshua Hyatt, CNN Money, published 1st May 2003.
  5. ^ a b Related Links. Werner Erhard, Work and Ideas. Retrieved 8 July 2015.
  6. ^ "About".
  7. ^ Thomas J. Leonard: Bio.
  8. ^ Mills, Byron, author. Computer Retail Weekly, Issue 41, 2007.

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