Ira Chaleff

Ira Chaleff is the president of Executive Coaching & Consulting Associates in Washington, DC ( He has provided individual and team coaching to hundreds of executives and professionals in the public and private sectors. He has been named one of the "100 best minds on leadership" by Leadership Excellence magazine several years running.

Ira is most widely known as the author of The Courageous Follower: Standing Up To and For Our Leader, now in its 3rd edition, and co-editor of The Art of Followership: How Great Followers Make Great Leaders and Organizations, part of the Warren Bennis Leadership Series ( He is the founder and, until his election to the ILA Board, president of ILA's Followership Learning Community ( He was cited in the Harvard Business Review as one of the three pioneers in the growing field of followership studies and conducts seminars and workshops on leader-follower dynamics for a wide range of government agencies and non-profit and for-profit organizations.

Ira was executive director and then long-serving chairman of the non-partisan Congressional Management Foundation (, which conducts research, training and consulting for the US Congress. He is now chairman emeritus. Based on his work with Congress, Ira has participated in capacity building programs for emerging democracies in Asia, Africa and Latin America.

He lives in the Washington, DC area where he is adjunct faculty at Georgetown University.