JD McPherson

JD McPherson has been with The Center for Leadership Studies (CLS) as a Master Trainer and senior consultant since 2015. He has 15 years of experience as a learning professional and has been teaching Situational Leadership® for 12 years. JD’s high-energy style, as well as his passion and enthusiasm for the model, make him a highly engaging facilitator. 

During his tenure as a learning professional, JD has served as a Franchise Training Manager supporting multiple franchisees to manage their learning functions and consult with them regarding leadership development. Additionally, as a Senior Manager of Learning and Development, JD led a team of training managers who were responsible for managing the hourly and management training curriculum for more than 300 restaurants nationwide, with combined revenues exceeding $600 million.

Since joining The Center for Leadership Studies, JD has had the opportunity to deliver not only our flagship Situational Leadership®: Building Leaders workshop, but also our Influence Curriculum over 250 times around the globe. The bulk of his time overseas has been spent in Southeast Asia, including Australia, Vietnam, Singapore, South Korea and Hong Kong.

His experience includes many Fortune 500 companies across multiple industries such as: healthcare, insurance, financial, manufacturing, pharmaceutical, sales, engineering and retail.

In addition to delivery of CLS’ curriculum for clients and public workshops, JD is also one of our select Master Trainers, who conduct three-day “Train the Trainer” workshops to certify client trainers in Situational Leadership®: Building Leaders, as well as Leading With Emotional Intelligence. He is also certified by Multi-Health Systems Inc. to administer and interpret the EQi-2.0 instrument.

Combined with his Situational Leadership® certifications, JD also holds certifications in the following: The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People®, The Five Choices to Extraordinary Productivity®, Project Management for the Non Project Manager™, Leading at the Speed of Trust® and Fierce Conversations.

He also provides executive coaching for director-level and senior-level managers. His practice focuses on developing potential, improving relationships and enhancing performance

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