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Best 50 Leadership Blog Sites in 2015

Best 50 Leadership Blog Sites in 2015

Welcome to the annual update on the 50 Best/Top leadership blogs on the web as of July 2015. This is our fourth year of putting this list together. As readers will see, once again, this list has changed quite markedly in just a 12 month period. These significant changes result from a number of factors including:

  1. Alexa rankings of individual blogs have changed considerably. As in previous years, this mainly arises not only because of the time invested by individual blog authors in the last year but because many more web sites and blogs have been launched (and Alexa estimates that there are now around 95 million active, as opposed to dormant, blog sites in the world).
  2. Readers a year ago (and since) alerted us to qualifying leadership blog sites we were unaware of last year and those are now included. The highest of the 4 in total at number 21.
  3. Some leadership bloggers have done little to enhance or add to their blogging efforts and have slid backwards on the list (and/or in Alexa site visit numbers) or are out altogether in terms of site traffic. It’s a reminder in the online world that if you stand still you can go very quickly in the wrong direction!

This year we have produced the list in a similar way, with the Alexa ranking as the main determinant of order. As we said last year, the Alexa rank (to be found at www.alexa.com) is an imperfect ranking raw score for web site popularity (as measured by traffic to each site) but it is a useful relative comparison metric. In essence it measures how popular a site is (from 1 being Google, 2, Facebook and 3, YouTube, all the way down to the lowest active site on the web as at 1st July 2015). Whether or not a blog has gone up in the list and how far (shaded in green) or gone down in the list and how far (shaded in red) or unshaded (no movement).

So what are the main highlights of the Best 50 Leadership Blogs?

  1. Michael Hyatt stays at number 1 again.
  2. A total of 4 blog authors in the 2014 list exited or slipped below the top 50.
  3. 27 blog authors have held their place or gone up in the list and 19 blog authors have gone down in the list.
  4. 4 blog authors are new to the 2015 list (although 2 of these (Andersen and Cran) have been in the top 50 in past years).
  5. There are 39 male bloggers in the top 50 list and 11 females (females up 5 from last year). Karin Hurt at number 13 is the highest female on this year’s list. However, women are still underrepresented, given the population, and males dominate the top 10.
  6. Top 50 Blog authors come from 6 countries around the world including Australia, Canada, Malaysia, Singapore, South Africa and the UK with the most outside the US coming from Canada (5) but the list is dominated by US based authors (of which there are 40 in the top 50). The top 5 are all US based and so are 17 of the top 20.
  7. US leadership bloggers come from 22 States with authors writing most from the sunshine states of California (8) and Florida (7) blogs.
  8. Apart from the new entrants the biggest movers up the list in the last 12 months are John Maxwell (up by 44 places or over 2 million visits (on the back of his new book) in the Alexa rankings (or from 44th to 3rd in the list) followed by John Spence (up 19 places from 35th to 16th), and Gordon Tredgold (up 14 places from 32nd to 18th in the list).

So, let’s now look at the list. It includes the names of the individual blogger or blog owner on the left, and their primary role(s) in his or her working life. It also includes a brief summary about the focus of the blog, so that individuals can visit the ones that appear most interesting (by clicking on their name below). Happy exploring!

2015 Rank
(2014)
Blog Owner Alexa Rank (7/1/15) Blog Summary / Focus

1

(1)

Michael Hyatt
@MichaelHyatt
Author, consultant and speaker
TENNESSEE, US
19,188
(9,776)
Frequent and interesting blogger (3-4 times a week) on leadership development (intentional leadership) and related issues from this popular author and trade publishing expert.

2

(3)

Wayne Dyer
@DrWayneWDyer
Author and speaker
HAWAII, US
117,027
(177,387)
Main focus of this blog, from the popular multi-book author is personal leadership or self-development and finding ways to better motivate yourself and others.

3

(47)

John Maxwell
@JohnCMaxwell
Author, Consultant, coach and speaker
FLORIDA, US
136,861
(2,254,671)
Very popular and best-selling author in the leadership realm whose blog focuses on the qualities and competencies needed to be a leader in many organizational settings.

4

(2)

Dan Rockwell
Leadership freak
@Leadershipfreak
Coach, trainer, mentor
PENNSYLVANIA, US
149,336
(105,309)
This blog seeks to offer broad leadership, coaching and mentoring to individuals in regular 300 words or less articles. Dan also well understands the realm of social media.

5

(4)

Michael McKinney
Leadership now
@LeadershipNow
Author, consultant, coach
CALIFORNIA, US
168,645
(194,418)
Long standing leadership development blog (leadership now) with a focus on leadership across all communities and not just business (although organizational life figures heavily).

6

(7)

John Hunter
Curious cat
@curiouscat_com
Consultant
MALAYSIA
345,875
(364,498)
This blog is about managing through process thinking and improvement. Posts focus on systems thinking (lean, total quality, six-sigma etc.).

7

(5)

Michael Rogers
@secondgleader
Consultant, coach and Author
UTAH, US
454,160
(282,310)
Main focus is on leadership, but also covers many other topics including meetings, time management, teamwork and coaching.

8

(18)

Mike Figliuolo
@thoughtLEADERS
Consultant, coach, trainer
OHIO, US
464,270
(648,679)
Main focus is providing practical skill-building articles mainly in the areas of leadership, strategy, career development, communications and customer service.

9

(9)

Jon Gordon
@JonGordon11
Author, speaker and consultant
FLORIDA, US
472,953
(378,615)
Main focus is on providing leaders with ideas for inspiring people and organizations to work with more vision, passion, positivity and purpose.

10

(10)

Dan McCarthy
Great leadership
@greatleadership
Author and Consultant
MASSACHUSETTS
482,160
(408,465)
This blog is focused on executive leadership development and skill building from an experienced author and academic. Better OD and HR practice thinking is also covered.

11

(15)

Tanveer Nasseer
@TanveerNaseer
Coach, Author and speaker
QUEBEC, CANADA
498,762
(545,450)
Main focus is on helping managers to help to develop leadership and team-building competencies to guide organizational growth and development, and create a fulfilling sense of purpose in what they do.

12

(13)

Kevin Eikenberry
@KevinEikenberry
Consultant and speaker
INDIANA, US 
568,381
(465,513)
Main focus is ideas, thoughts and suggested action steps to help leaders-the path towards Remarkable Leadership (and a Remarkable Life) by travelling from learning to action.

13

(8)

Karin Hurt
Let’s Grow leaders
@LetsGrowLeaders
Author and Consultant
MARYLAND, US
593,888
(373,769)
This blog is focused on leadership growth development and skill building from an experienced author and speaker and consultant.

14

(16)

Jon Warner
ReadyToManage
@joncwarner
Author, consultant and coach
CALIFORNIA, US
594,856
(607,454)
This blog covers many leadership/ management subjects as well as over 600 articles on soft skill development with a range of checklists and models.

15

(22)

Mark Sanborn
@Mark_Sanborn
Author, consultant, speaker
COLORADO, US
618,947
(813,055)
This blog focuses mainly on leadership development, personal development, better customer service, and teambuilding.

16

(29)

John Spence
@AwesomelySimple
Consultant, Author and speaker
FLORIDA, US
632,519
(1,146,884)
This blog has an international experience focus and concentrates on strategic thinking, teamwork, and leadership development topic areas.

17

(19)

Jesse Lyn Stoner
SeaPoint Center
@JesseLynStoner
Consultant, Author and Coach
CONNECTICUT, US
653,431
(685,288)
Main focus is on leadership development and creating engaged workplaces. Aims to assist those who want to make a contribution, as a leader at work.

18

(32)

Gordon Tredgold
@GordonTredgold
Line Mgr and Coach
UK/Germany
662,264
(1,270,263)
Areas of focus are Transformational Leadership, Operational Performance Improvement, Organizational Development, Program and Change Management and Creating Business Value via IT.

19

(21)

Art Petty
@artpetty
Coach, Trainer, Author
ILLINOIS, US
702,131
(795,214)
Main focus is on developing leadership skills, through building professional presence. Also focuses on critical thinking and decision-making.

20

(12)

Mike Myatt
N2Growth
@N2Growth
Consultant and coach
PENNSYLVANIA, US
708,972
(475,701)
This blog is aimed at senior leaders and focuses mainly on strategy, innovation, career dynamics as well as organizational development.

21

(34)

Scott Herrick
Cube Rules
@CubeRules
Consultant
WISCONSIN, US
728,267
(1,307,860)
This blog offers a range of leadership and soft skill development articles but from a different perspective-it’s aimed at individuals who work in cubicles who have to manage staff as well as manage their boss.

22

(NEW)

Colleen Sharen
@ColleenSharen
Professor and consultant
CANADA
805,859
(-)
This is a management focused blog based on research and practical application. It covers leadership, strategy, marketing, self-management, organizational behavior and teaching & learning.

23

(14)

Kevin Kruse
@Kruse
Author, Consultant, coach and speaker
PHILADELPHIA, US
873,684
(523,550)
Popular speaker and author focusing mainly on employee engagement, leadership, keynote speaking, entrepreneurship

24

(28)

Ben Lichtenwalner
Modern servant leader
@BLichtenwalner
Consultant and Coach
MICHIGAN, US
921,335
(968,845)
This blog aims to promote the concept of servant leadership, helping leaders to increase awareness, adopt the practice and take action.

25

(11)

Bob Burg
@BobBurg
Author and speaker
FLORIDA, US
950,805
(431,243)
Blog’s focus is on many of the ideas contained in Bob’s books which essentially relate to building relationships, networking and giving more in order to achieve more.

26

(17)

Tom Schulte
Linked2Leadership
@tomschulte
Author and consultant
GEORGIA, US 
956,497
(625,250)
This blog is run by one editing author and many other contributors globally with a main focus on leadership development, organizational health, and personal & professional career growth.

27

(33)

Ed Batista
@edbatista
Executive Coach and change consultant
CALIFORNIA, US
1,025,280
(1,293,968)
This site focuses mainly on leadership, coaching and change issues but covers other issues related to leadership from time to time.

28

(20)

Steve Roesler
All things workplace
@steveroesler
Consultant / coach
NEW JERSEY, US
1,086,499
(774,339)
Main focus is on providing articles which help leaders develop by offering coaching advice to try out and additional skills and methods.

29

(30)

Wally Bock
Three Star Leadership
@wallybock
Author and consultant
N. CAROLINA, US
1,131,946
(1,146,884)
Aimed at leaders at all level, this blog offers particular insights, information, tips, lists and pointers to help managers to perform at a better or higher level.

30

(6)

Chris Locurto
@ChrisLoCurto
Consultant, Coach and Speaker
CALIFORNIA, US
1,190,876
(322,706)
This blog offers a range of personal insights on leadership, managing people, and financial stewardship, posting articles 5 times a week.

31

(38)

Scott Eblin
@ScottEblin
Coach, author and speaker
CALIFORNIA, US
1,208,794
(1,580,178)
Main focus is on leadership development and coaching managers to have “the right” behaviors and mindsets to tackle future change.

32

(27)

George Ambler
@GeorgeAmbler
Consultant
SOUTH AFRICA
1,212,089
(878,142)
This site focuses on those interested in learning to lead more successfully in times of change, which requires a new set of leadership practices.

33

(25)

Terry St. Marie
@Starbucker
Consultant and Coach
OREGON, US
1,468,105
(865,261)
Optimistic blog focused mainly on the power of being positive as a person and a leader, and how to have more purpose, empathy and compassion, humility and love for others.

34

(35)

Susan Mazza
Random acts of leadership
@SusanMazza
Consultant and Coach
FLORIDA, US
1,452,711
(1,383,655)
Main focus of the blog is translating leadership and OD theory into pragmatic strategies and practical applications to improve performance.

35

(24)

Todd Nielsen
Slice of Leadership
@toddbnielsen
Author, consultant, speaker
CALIFORNIA, US
1,470,922
(863,555)
Main focus is on how leaders can attain greater productivity and to reject the status-quo though concentrating on better processes/methodologies.

36

(23)

David Zinger
@davidzinger
Consultant
OTTAWA, CANADA
1,601,699
(846,261)
This blog has a mix of research-based and practical approaches aimed at building more authentic relationships and achieve better results.

37

(39)

Gary Cohen
CO2 Exhale
@garybcohen
Consultant, Coach and Speaker
MINNESOTA, US
1,798,745
(1,538,386)
Main focus is on leadership development, business communication, executive coaching and a range of ideas on improvement as a leader of any kind.

38

(36)

Michael Ray Hopkin
Lead on purpose
@michaelrhopkin
Consultant and Speaker
UTAH, US
1,874,923
(1,387,973)
This blog mainly focuses on product/service management as a key leader task but also includes ideas on persuasion and working better.

39

(44)

Michael Lee Stallard
@michaelstallard
Consultant, coach and speaker
NEW YORK, US
2,052,852
(1,998,756)
Main focus is on leadership and management productivity and innovation plus team building, communications and executive coaching.

40

(41)

Sonia McDonald
Leadership HQ
@LeadershipHQ1
Speaker and HR and OD Consultant
AUSTRALIA
2,201,378
(1,720,429)
This blog showcases a range of leadership and related articles as well as having a focus on employee empowerment and engagement

41

(37)

Andrew Bryant
Self Leadership
@SelfLeadership
Author, coach and speaker
SINGAPORE
2,244,146
(1,447,757)
Main focus is on leadership development, business communication, executive coaching and a range of ideas on self development.

42

(31)

Steve Farber
@stevefarber
Author, speaker and Consultant
CALIFORNIA, US
2,315,295
(1,199,037)
This blog promotes the “Extreme Leadership” approach offering ideas and coaching/ communication to leaders at all levels.

43

(42)

John Agno
@johnagno
Coach and Author
MICHIGAN, US
2,391,240
(1,340,912)
Main focus is on coaching but also seeks to help leaders to gain greater clarity and focus while expanding self-awareness as they design the personal and professional life wanted.

44

(NEW)

Cheryl Cran
@cherylcran
Consultant and author
CANADA
2,447,652
(-)
Main focus is better leadership but with substantive emphasis on managing change and the impact of different generations in the workplace.

45

(50)

Frank Kanu
Genius One
@FrankKanu
Consultant, Speaker
FLORIDA, US
2,644,793
(2,958,673)
To the point blog on management and leadership strategy and matters but with lots of broader areas of focus to stretch the creative thinking process.

46

(43)

Tom Foster
Management blog
@FosterLearning
Consultant
FLORIDA, US
3,069,287
(1,850,755)
This blog focuses on the leadership of teams and whole organizations by looking at establishing better relationships at all levels.

47

(NEW)

Christine Comaford
SmartTribes Institute
@Comaford
Consultant and author
CALIFORNIA, US
3,391,454
(-)
New York Times bestselling author Christine Comaford helps leaders navigate growth and change with a blog focused on better leadership (and the neuro-science that underpins our decisions).

48

(NEW)

Erika Andersen
@erikaandersen
Author and consultant
NEW YORK, US
3,407,686
(-)
Deep blog focused mainly on organizational visioning and strategy, executive coaching, and management and leadership development.

49

(48)

Ellen Weber
Brain leaders & learners
@ellenfweber
Author and consultant
NEW YORK, US
3,456,188
(2,642,782)
Main focus is showcasing an academic model for a left/right side of the brain approach called MITA™ which aims to foster more innovative leading and learning.

50

(46)

Mary Jo Asmus
@mjasmus
Coach and Consultant
MICHIGAN, US
3,775,229
(2,116,460)
This blog focuses on leadership development with a main emphasis on improving, and sustaining relationships with the people.

Many lists like the one above encompass bloggers who may talk about a lot of other subject areas well beyond leadership and related matters, and indeed may have greater experience or expertise elsewhere. This is not to say that such broadly based bloggers are not popular or interesting to know about and subscribe to – just not in a list that should be about organizational leadership and leadership development primarily. In the 50 sites above therefore you will find no mention of people such as Anthony Robbins (personal development), Guy Kawasaki (entrepreneurship) or Malcolm Gladwell (thinking/creativity) but only writers whose main focus is improved leadership or management skills in some way, shape or form.  Another excluded group is the many excellent bloggers that write about leadership issues from a faith-based standpoint (such as Ron Edmonson’s blog).  We take the view that these belong in a separate list and it would therefore be useful to publish this at some point.

The 50 blogs listed above are all “very good” and in that sense there is no sense in which one is relatively “better” than another (as this is so often about the focus of the writer and the relative interests of the reader). Michael Hyatt is top of the list (for the third year running) because he has the 19,188th most visited site on the web right now according to Alexa rankings (in the top 0.02%-even though he has gone backwards a little since last year). In fact even our 50th blog site (Mary Jo Asmus) has the 3,775,229th most visited site. This puts our 50th top leadership blog in the top 7% of sites in the entire world. And by the way, this does not mean that blogger popularity or status or even overall money earned follows this order at all. This is a function of who the person is (in career status terms), what they do, how long they have been blogging and even how social media “savvy” they may be, to name but a few factors.

For those people wondering who was close to making the top 50 but not quite, the next 3 blogs are Gwyn Teatro (from Canada-3,816,598), Ed Brenegar (from the US-3,880,987), and Rich Gee (also from the US-4,491,835). Please note that the above list was compiled by Dr. Jon Warner, himself a long-term blogger in the leadership realm, (and up 2 places to number 14 on the above list). Any mistakes, errors or omissions are entirely his and should anyone have any suggested changes or input for inclusion in future blog postings such as this please contact him at jon.warner@OD-center.org

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13 Comments

  1. Mike FigliuoloJuly 4, 2015 at 10:21 am

    Thanks for including me on the list again Jon! Honored and thrilled to be on here. You’re doing great work by bringing these names to people as a resource they can use.

    Let me know if I can be at all helpful with any of your efforts.

  2. Linda AspeyJuly 6, 2015 at 11:53 am

    Interesting list – but only 1 from the UK (and he is also in Germany).

    I wonder why that is? Whilst the list is dominated by US bloggers (naturally – there are more of those) there are bloggers from other countries too.

    Are the Brits not blogging enough, or about the right things, or in the right way, or just not telling the world about it when they do blog? Are we too bashful to blog?!

    I’m really interested to hear views on this as I know there must be more great leadership thinkers and bloggers in the UK but somehow they are not getting known more widely.

  3. Mike MorrisonJuly 8, 2015 at 8:45 am

    Hi Linda
    I suspect it is because of the mention of Alexa ranks, a measure that relies on users having the toolbar fitted.

    I know from my own web stats, that my traffic globally has gone up, but my Alexa rating has gone down significantly over the last few years. Use of the toolbar is limited to older PCs and does not count most mobile access.
    Most corporate IT systems treat the toolbar as malware and wont allow it.

    The research I have seen suggests less than 6M users globally, less than the number of internet users in London alone!

    The score can also be “gamed” by blogs adding code to their site, giving them an advantage over other sites that don’t have it!
    #britishblogger

  4. Mike MorrisonJuly 8, 2015 at 9:52 am

    Update
    The alexa widget needed is not available on ssl sites (secure sites)
    so use these sites at your risk!

    google is reducing the ranking on such sites, so it is strange that amazon have not updated the code!

  5. Mitch MitchellJuly 11, 2015 at 6:33 pm

    Not a bad list but if we’re going off Alexa then my leadership blog, which I’ve been writing for 10 years, would be sitting nicely in spot #13. So, there had to be some other criteria, and since I’m also listed on Alltop under leadership, I’d hope I’d be hard to miss.

    Then again, Lolly Daskal also isn’t on this list, and with her creds if she’s being missed then what chance did I have. lol

  6. Jennifer MackeyJanuary 25, 2016 at 4:42 am

    Interesting list… The 50 blogs listed above are all very good and in that sense there is no sense in which one is relatively better than another.

  7. Jeremy UnruhApril 5, 2016 at 4:56 pm

    Please consider the ReVolve Leadership Blog for your 2016 List, http://www.boothco.com/360-feedback-resources/category/revolve/

  8. Maree McKeownApril 12, 2016 at 11:54 am

    Very interesting list. These 50 blogs may help future leaders to make a strategy. Please also include our blog https://theleadershipline.wordpress.com/ into your list. Thanks!

  9. JaretJune 14, 2016 at 10:50 am

    Thanks for this list of blogs. It proves to be very beneficial for the people like me who love to read and gather info regarding leadership. Keep it up this good work !

  10. Bhuvi SmithJune 21, 2016 at 10:47 am

    Great list! I’m glad to see that some of my favorites, like Pick the Brain and Tiny Buddha, made the cut. I’m also glad that I learned about so many other great sites.

  11. koelAugust 26, 2016 at 12:04 pm

    A nice list and thanks for this information it is really good..

  12. The Sandler GroupNovember 19, 2016 at 3:21 pm

    Very helpful list for those who are looking for information about leadership, thanks for sharing.

  13. trademysiteDecember 2, 2016 at 11:28 am

    Interesting blog post . I like the points u mentioned in your post .. keep posting 🙂
    Thanks

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