Krister Ungerböck


About Krister Ungerböck - Global CEO, Entrepreneur and Speaker on the Language of Leadership:

Prior to retiring from corporate life at age 42, Krister Ungerböck was the CEO of one of the largest family-owned software companies in the world - a company that grew over 3,000%, achieved 99.3% employee engagement and won 5 consecutive Top Workplace Awards. The Language of Leadership was inspired by Krister’s experience learning to lead teams in two foreign languages, building businesses on five continents, and observing the language of leaders while doing business in over 40 countries.

Yet, Krister’s most profound leadership insight did not come while he was the CEO of a global company.

It came at the YMCA. Staring into a bathroom mirror, eyes swollen with tears, he saw for the first time the leader he'd become - a leader with no followers. He realized that, in his quest to become a successful leader of a business, he’d failed as a leader of people. He began a journey seeking the secrets that had eluded him all those years as CEO. His journey took him to the uncharted leadership lands that you won't read about in the business media. And it was there that he discovered The Language of Leadership. This same title is that of Krister's first book - anticipated to hit bookstores in late 2020.

Because it’s a unified language of leadership for both our personal and professional lives, The Language of Leadership appeals to people at all levels in organizations, including people who don’t aspire to leadership positions. The Language of Leadership helps people to lead at work (and at home) with more accountability, compassion and emotional intelligence. It's a universal leadership language to help people balance toughness with kindness, intellect with emotion, and results with relationships.

A seasoned CEO who has spoken to thousands on 5 continents - ranging from Sydney, Paris, Cape Town, Hong Kong and Dubai - Krister speaks primarily in North America these days. He moves audiences by taking them on an emotional journey that weaves together intriguing, humorous stories from faraway places - with deeply personal, cautionary tales of lessons learned from great business successes - and great personal failures.

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What Krister Ungerböck Talks About:

The Language of Leadership
Treat your attendees to a sneak preview of the insights from the upcoming book, The Language of Leadership, before it hits bookstores in late 2020. Krister will create a custom keynote to your unique objectives drawing from the various languages of leadership outlined in the book.

Like a master chef, Krister takes time to understand your objectives and tastes, then he handcrafts a keynote from a menu of communication topics including the Languages of Confrontation, Courage, Employee Engagement, Vision, Emotional Intelligence, Requests, Setting Goals, Granting Permission, Encouragement, Curiosity, Accountability, Empathy, Listening, Compassion and more.

Your personalized keynote will include a combination of:

  • Moving personal stories that inspire audiences to take action
  • Practical fill-in-the blanks phrases and simply ‘say-this, not-that’ communication rules
  • Surprising statistics and research
  • Intriguing, memorable stories from cultures around the world

Your audience will walk away from this keynote with a heightened awareness of how their language affects those around them, along with specific phrases to start using – and stop using – that will increase the connection and commitment of the people around them at work (and at home.)

Audience: All levels, including people who don’t aspire to hold leadership roles.


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Krister was a memorable and incredible speaker. His talk had the audience fully engaged in his inspiring story of the unique, practical, and surprising leadership lessons he learned during and after his time as a successful CEO.


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