Jan Rutherford
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Jan Rutherford
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  • Leadership
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  • Generational Differences
  • Risk Taking
  • Teamwork
  • Inspiration
  • Bio Info:

    As a former U.S. Army Special Forces soldier, and successful business executive, Jan's presentation is designed to engage a leader's inherent self-reliance to enhance the focus, resourcefulness and collaboration of their team through new perspectives on adversity and resiliency. 

    Rather than offering a set of checklists, a rehash of leadership books, or a motivational rah-rah speech, Jan helps leaders apply self-reliant leadership principles through a confluence of Sparta’s discipline, Socrates’ self-awareness, Aristotle's courage, Emerson’s self-reliance, and Thoreau’s reflective seclusion. 

    Jan uses the power of story to provide an overview of self-reliant leadership principles to be a more focused, resourceful, and collaborative leader. 

    ·       Lead more/manage less, because people support what they help create.

    ·       Embrace adversity as a crucible to learn and strengthen your resilience.

    ·       Leverage the power of mentoring as a leader/teacher/pupil.

    ·       Face your own hypocrisy to know thyself.

    ·       Hear the unheard for clarity of purpose to enhance focus.

    ·       Learn from your life story, and use solitude for reflection.

    Leaders will learn that Self Reliant Leadership is synonymous with knowing which questions to ask, and having the courage to answer them and act.



    Jan Rutherford entered the US Army at age 17, and spent six years in Special Forces as a medic and “A” team executive officer, and three years as a military intelligence officer. He has over 25 years of business and healthcare experience in executive roles in business development, marketing, sales, information technology, training, product management and government affairs.
    He is the founder of Self-Reliant Leadership, LLC – a leadership development firm focused on helping leaders develop self-reliance to create powerful futures. As a professional speaker, he presents to leaders at organizations and associations in the U.S. and Europe, and for CEO members of Vistage International. He is also a consistent blogger on the subject of leadership and change.
    Jan is the author of “The Littlest Green Beret: On Self-Reliant Leadership” where half the proceeds go to the Special Operations Warrior and Green Beret Foundations. Jan serves as a Senior Advisory Council Member for the Colorado ESGR (a Department of Defense volunteer program), and the University of Colorado Denver Boots to Suits program.

    As a senior instructor at the University of Colorado Denver Business School, Jan teaches “Leadership in New Ventures” for MBA students and Doctor of Nursing Practice candidates; and “Leadership & Entrepreneurship in Ireland” in the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland. He is also a charter facilitator and coach for the Learning Institute of the Leadership Investment in Colorado.
    Jan holds an MBA from the University of Phoenix, where his research focused on the effects of long-distance learning on job performance. He earned his undergraduate degree in Political Science from the University of South Florida, and was a Distinguished Military Graduate.
    He is a dual U.S. and Irish citizen, and he enjoys traveling to see his children and grandchildren, and taking advantage of the trails in the Colorado Mountains.


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    Travels From:
    Denver, Colorado
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