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Judith W. Umlas

Collaborate globally with other Grateful Leaders, and those who want to become such leaders, to create a future filled with gratitude and appreciation!

Tap into the power of personal commitment and dedication by acknowledging people in an authentic, heartfelt manner.

Inspire your team and bring out the best in your people by dramatically increasing levels of engagement, productivity, and willingness to take initiative.





What Others Are Saying About Grateful Leadership


Judy’s book takes a bold step in juxtaposing the importance of appreciation with corporate value, increased engagement, personal satisfaction and bottom line results. This book really resonated with me as it is reflective of the leadership style I strive to continuously portray within my own organization. With the bottom-line driving most corporate agendas, this book serves as a roadmap for leaders to cultivate more engaged value-driven workforces.

– Joanna Durand, Managing Director, Citigroup

Like Judith W. Umlas, Robert Greenleaf ( the founder of Servant Leadership) knew that you cannot build community, much less earn trust, without acknowledging colleagues, expressing gratitude and offering recognition. If Greenleaf was alive today, I believe he would say that you cannot be a servant leader without being a grateful leader.

– Don M. Frick, Ph.D, Author of the authorized biography of Robert K. Greenleaf: A Life of Servant Leadership

We would argue that an approach like Grateful Leadership has the potential of delivering a more powerful impact and higher ROI than other approaches to leadership development. Research dating back 50 years, suggests Grateful Leadership is a powerful process to drive team performances.

– Jack Phillips, Ph.D, Chairman, ROI Institute™

Having previously been through the instructor led Grateful Leadership course, I was very gratified to see how well IIL created the On Demand version to mirror the classroom!  Impressively well put together so that you are able to complete the classroom-type activities in a fun and engaging way. Brilliant!

– Michelle Madsen, MS HRD, Master Delivery Specialist Volvo Group University

In today’s world, one of the top reasons good people leave a position is because of lack of recognition.  They feel that management doesn’t see the work they do. They are just one of many, so why stay? What can a company do about this in order to retain their most valuable employees and keep them engaged?  They need to find out about the Power of Acknowledgment by participating in the Grateful Leadership On-Demand course taught by Judy Umlas. This course gives you the keys to unlock the mysteries of Employee Recognition and Employee Retention through stories and practical exercises all at your own pace.  It is truly an eye-opening and career changing course.

– James G. Trela, PMP, MBA, MS-IST Senior Project Manager at General Motors

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