Transformational Leadership is the solution to the world’s pressing challenges.

A transformational leader challenges the status quo, mobilizing and empowering people to achieve a noble cause that will have a profound, far-reaching impact.

Transformational Leadership Characteristics

How Transformational Leaders relate to themselves, others, and the world


They apply moral principles to every action. Every day.


They dare to make a difference, despite their fears.


They don’t settle for the status quo. They transform their world.


They keep going, despite setbacks and failure.


They multiply their impact by spurring others to act.


They give others the encouragement they need to excel.


They build high performance teams that are focused on a common vision.


They kindle a fire in others’ hearts to join their noble cause.


They create inspiring visions of a transformed world.


They tap new realities to create new possibilities.


They master the chess moves to reach their goals.


They leave a trail of successes in their wake.

A Different Kind of Leadership

What makes Transformational Leadership unique?


  • Production
  • Transaction
  • Individual
  • Conformist
  • Homogeneous
  • Hierarchical
  • Tactical


  • Impact
  • Inspiration
  • Team
  • Challenging
  • Diversity of Thought
  • Empowered
  • Strategic

Why Now?

Today's world is facing significant challenges. We need Transformational Leaders to take on these challenges and make the world a better place for us all.

Greater Influence

Individuals have more potential to influence the world than ever before—we need bold risk takers who be catalysts for transformation.

Accelerating Change

Change is accelerating—we need principled leaders to help make sure the NEW world is a BETTER world—for ALL.

Complex Problems

Problems are more complex and interconnected—we need leaders who can envision solutions to tough new challenges.

Threatened Principles

Moral principles and democracy are under threat—we need honorable leaders to champion and defend these ideals.

Divided Societies

Societies have become fractured and deeply divided—we need leaders who can inspire and unify.

Our Mentors

We believe that the best way to create transformational leaders is through mentorship. But there just aren’t enough great mentors to go around. That’s the problem we solve at the Global Mentor Network

Our mentors are a diverse, growing assembly of accomplished leaders in the public and private sectors, business, government, philanthropy, sports, entertainment, and more. We are united in our commitment to developing the transformational leaders our world urgently needs.

Michael Mondavi

Michael Mondavi

Founder, Michael Mondavi Family Estate

Michael Mondavi is widely credited with helping establish and build the Napa Valley wine industry. He co-founded the Robert Mondavi Winery with his father in 1966, remaining active in the community ever since, both as a winemaker and a civic leader.
Kristi Yamaguchi

Kristi Yamaguchi

Olympic Gold Medalist

In addition to being an Olympic gold medalist and two-time world champion figure skater, Kristi Yamaguchi is the founder of the Always Dream Foundation, supporting early childhood education.
Sal Khan

Sal Khan

Founder & CEO, Khan Academy

Sal Khan founded the Khan Academy with the mission of providing a free world-class education for anyone, anywhere. Today, more than 18 million people visit the platform every month from all over the globe.
Audrey Cooper

Audrey Cooper

Editor-in-Chief, San Francisco Chronicle

Audrey Cooper is Editor-in-Chief of the San Francisco Chronicle, the first woman to fill the role in the company’s 154-year history and the youngest woman in U.S. history to run a major metro newsroom.
Stan McChrystal

Stan McChrystal

General (Retired), US Army

After a storied 34-year career in the US Army, General Stanley McChrystal founded the McChrystal Group to deliver innovative leadership solutions to American businesses and help them transform and succeed in challenging, dynamic environments.
Sylvia Acevedo

Sylvia Acevedo

CEO, Girl Scouts of the USA

Sylvia Acevedo wears many hats: rocket scientist, author, entrepreneur, and more. In addition to serving as CEO of the Girl Scouts of the USA, she is also a Commissioner on the White House Initiative for Educational Excellence for Hispanics.
Tim Draper

Tim Draper

Founder, Draper University

Tim Draper is a third-generation venture capitalist and the founder of Draper University. His investments in Skype, Tesla, Hotmail, and more built his reputation as a world-renowned tech investor.
Leah Busque Solivan

Leah Busque Solivan

Partner, Fuel Capital

After 7 years at IBM, Leah Busque Solivan founded TaskRabbit, scaling the pioneering on-demand marketplace into 44 cities before its sale to Ikea. As a Partner at Fuel Capital, she is passionate about supporting teams taking on world-changing ideas.
Keith Krach

Keith Krach

Entrepreneur, Philanthropist, Co-Founder of GMN

Keith Krach has brought transformational leadership to engineering, commerce, education, philanthropy, and technology. His goal as a founder of the Global Mentor Network is to help develop the next generation of transformational leaders thru mentorship.
Kim Hammonds

Kim Hammonds

Founder, Mangrove Digital Group

Following a successful career at Deutsche Bank, Boeing, Dell and Ford, Kim Hammonds founded Mangrove Digital Group, which provides technology and business transformation consulting expertise to Fortune 100 company CEOs and Boards of Directors.
Michael Brown

Michael Brown

Co-Founder, City Year

Michael Brown co-founded City Year intending to mobilize idealistic young people for a year of service in systematically under resourced schools. He believes in the concept of voluntary national service as means of building a stronger democracy.
Dan Goldin

Dan Goldin

NASA Administrator (Retired)

During his tenure as NASA's longest-serving Administrator, Dan Goldin transformed America's aeronautics and space program. His “faster, better, cheaper” approach enabled NASA to deliver high-value programs without sacrificing safety.