David Cottrell is a
premier authority on leadership and an internationally known speaker, author and business executive. His 25-plus
years of professional experience are reflected in more than 20 highly acclaimed books, in his programs and presentations,
and in the success of his company, CornerStone Leadership Institute.
David knows leadership firsthand. With a degree in Marketing from the
University of Arkansas, he joined Xerox Corporation, where he became at age 24 one of the youngest sales managers in
the company’s history. After a decade with Xerox, David spent ten years with FedEx in various leadership roles. He was
named to the President’s Club each year he was with the organization and is, to this day, the only person to have been
District Manager of the Year for two consecutive years. David’s leadership
achievements were the result of his focus on training and development and his belief that he could expect the best from
people by investing in them.
David put his proven leadership skills to work when he founded CornerStone
Leadership Institute. In just a few years, he has created one of the largest U.S. publishers of management and leadership
resources. CornerStone’s mission is to provide affordable resources for anyone who aspires to be a leader in his or her
chosen profession. More than 15,000 businesses, associations, government agencies and educational institutions around the
world count on CornerStone to support their people development needs with books, assessments, resources and training.
As a speaker, trainer and facilitator, David has worked with many of
today’s most successful organizations, developing leaders and mentoring them to peak performance. His clients include
organizations such as Wal-Mart, Southwest Airlines, Exxon Mobil, Macy’s, Yum! Brands, ClubCorp, Cigna Healthcare, Duke
Energy, Land’s End, AFLAC, Raytheon and the Social Security Administration. David has been a featured expert on public
television and has shared his leadership philosophy and lessons with more than 250,000 managers and leaders worldwide.
These leaders will tell you that David changed not only their perspectives, their energy levels and their attitudes, but
also their lives.
An exceptionally accomplished writer, David has authored or co-authored
more than 20 books on leadership, success principles and other topics including coaching, accountability, communication,
sales, customer service, presentation skills and time management. David is a popular business author in part because his
books are quick, easy reads that share strategies and tips readers can pick up and use immediately. He is most known for his
ground-breaking, best-selling book Monday Morning Leadership and it's expanded
and enhanced version titled Monday Morning Mentoring by Harper-Collins.
Among his other books are the popular titles Listen Up, Leader; 12 Choices…That
Lead to Your Success; The Next Level;
Management Insights; Birdies, Pars & Bogeys: Leadership Lessons from the
Links and Leadership…Biblically Speaking. With more than three
million copies in print, David’s books are trusted leadership training tools for organizations throughout the world.
David’s wisdom and pragmatic insights come not only from his vast professional
experience, but also from his rich personal life experiences. He endeavors to practice daily one of the many valuable
lessons his father taught him as a young boy: “Always do the right thing.” As a result, he is known as a man of high
integrity. He keeps his commitments and walks his talk. David counts among his most important accomplishments the balance
he’s been able to achieve between his personal and professional lives. He has been married 29 years to his remarkable wife,
Karen, a cancer survivor. They are the proud parents of three grown children and one grandson, Noah David.
Author or Co-Author of:
- Birdies, Pars & Bogeys: Leadership Lessons from the Links
- Leadership … Biblically Speaking
- Listen Up, Leader
- Listen Up, Sales and Customer Service
- Listen Up, Teacher
- The Managers Coaching Handbook
- The Managers Communication Handbook
- Memos to Managers
- 136 Effective Presentation Tips
- 175 Ways to Get More Done in Less Time
- Monday Morning Leadership
- Monday Morning Customer Service
- Monday Morning Communications
- Leadership Courage
- Becoming the Obvious Choice
- Management Insights
- The Leadership Secrets of Santa Claus
- 12 Choices … That Lead to Your Success
- The Next Level
- Monday Morning Mentoring
- Escape From Management Land
- David Cottrell's Favorite Quotations to Inspire, Motivate, and Encourage
To book David Cottrell for your next conference or in-house event, please contact:
CornerStone Leadership Institute