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About LeaderBuild™

Why we exist, how we work, what we do, and who we are

The LeaderBuild™ Vision

Why we exist

Our vision is to see quality leaders become the norm for the future world; that disconnected leaders become a thing of the past, and that thriving leaders be found in all places.

The LeaderBuild™ Institute is a member of the Aquila Leadership Foundation Network. 

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Solving the Leadership Crisis

Quality leaders have become a rarity in our world.

Many leaders feel disconnected from the right training, the right mentors, the right tools, and other leaders. 


Disconnected leaders experience limited effectivity, fail to produce other leaders, and often face burnout.


We believe that a leader's survival and growth depend on being connected and equipped.


The LeaderBuild™ Institute is a non-profit organization dedicated to connecting leaders to leaders and equipping leaders with tools and resources they need to be effective. 

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The LeaderBuild™ Method

How we work
3C Leader Groups©
Trustyworthy Tools
Role Models
Active Coaching

Cohorts with complimentary character, chemistry, and competency

Proven leadership tools and models that offer the best results

Direct and indirect sources of inspiration for leadership growth

Relationships that spot fundamentals and guide leaders through play-by-plays

LeaderBuild™ Offerings

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The LeaderBuild™ Institute

The premier model for leadership development research and practice.

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LeaderBuild™ Academies 

Leadership development programs built-in to your organization's culture.

LeaderBuild™ Online

Training materials

and leadership resources.

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LeaderBuild™ Events

Conferences, seminars, and retreats, and other events.

What we do

Meet the LeaderBuild™ Founders

Who we are

Don Riling

Founder | President | CEO

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Don began his leadership training background as International Projects Director for Messenger International, an international service and relief organization based in San Jose, California. Under his leadership, MI mobilized 14,000 workers to 22 countries over a 15-year period.


Since then, Don has studied and practiced leadership development with executive leaders in multiple industries for over 40 years. 


Today, Don focuses his energy on strategic leadership development for companies and associations, including executive coaching with senior leaders, enabling them to strengthen their skills, vision, and long-term strategic development for their organizations.


Josh Grant

Founder | EVP | COO

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Josh has dedicated his life's work to the study and development of leaders. Since an early age, Josh has known that helping leaders would be part of his life's mission.

Josh served in his first leadership role as a foreman, and since then, has led in the industries of construction, retail, software & technology, higher education. An avid learner at heart, Josh has studied and practiced at the forefront of leadership development for the majority of the past two decades

Today, Josh continues as a practitioner and consultant in marketing, strategy, and leadership development. He devotes his energy to pioneering leadership development models for multiple industries. 


Dr. John Hodgson

Founder | VP | Director

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Dr. John Hodgson is an internationally renown interventional cardiologist, serving in numerous leadership positions at some of the most prestigious medical institutions in the world. What's more, he has started several of his own companies, and deeply understands the importance of good leadership.


John has passion for developing leaders in all domains of society, including medicine. He serves on multiple boards of non-profit organizations, and continues as a thought leader on medical leadership across the country. 


Dr. John is no stranger to the world of construction, having overseen multiple building projects for medical institutions and serving as the general contractor for several building projects.  

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