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Ryan Gottfredson, Ph.D. is a cutting-edge mindset author, researcher, and consultant. He helps organizations vertically develop their leaders primarily through a focus on mindsets. He helps improve organizations, leaders, teams, and employees by improving their mindsets. Ryan is currently a leadership and management professor at the College of Business and Economics at California State University-Fullerton (CSUF). He holds a Ph.D. in Organizational Behavior and Human Resources from Indiana University, and a B.A. from Brigham Young University

Ryan is the author of “Success Mindsets: The Key to Unlocking Greater Success in Your Life, Work, & Leadership.” (Morgan James Publishing), and Wall Street Journal and USA Today Best Seller.

He also works with organizations to develop their leaders and improve their culture (collective mindsets). He has worked with top leadership teams at CVS Health (top 130 leaders), Deutsche Telekom (500+ of their top 2,000 leaders), and dozens of other organizations.

As a respected authority and researcher on topics related to leadership, management, and organizational behavior, Ryan has published over 15 articles across a variety of journals including: Journal of Management, Journal of Organizational Behavior, Business Horizons, Journal of Leadership and Organizational Studies, and Journal of Leadership Studies. His research has been cited over 2,000 times since 2014.

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testimonial volcom

Great seminar that truly helps change the perspective on leadership behavior. The simplicity of the material makes it easy to understand how improvement is possible for everyone.

testimonial experian

The training and content was fantastic and applicable. Ryan was great with his delivery that resulted in meaningful personal and professional reflection and discussions. I look forward to future sessions.

testimonial brandman

This was an eye-opener for me and I’m glad I got to learn these 4 mindsets. I will definitely revisit these mindsets and begin to apply them in my everyday life, not only in my leadership positions. 

Brandman University

Ryan engaged our group with enthusiasm. He had clearly done his homework to understand our audience. The most frequent comment from the group was “we’d like to have more time with Dr. Gottfredson.” Again, a sound endorsement of a job well done.

Dennis Bolling, NCFC Education Committee Chair

Ryan was able to provide cutting-edge leadership development insights to our managers in an engaging and informative way that made them really think about their mindsets. The self-assessment allowed them to be introspective and evaluate their style as a leader, and Ryan really helped bring that information to life. His research, ability to answer questions, and dive deep to provide actionable change within these four mindsets was very helpful to our leaders. When it comes to training, I know this will definitely stick with our leaders, and be a memorable topic of discussion for them that drives real change!

Ashley, Grange Insurance