Be An Inspirational Leader

Engage, Inspire, Empower

In this keynote based on his book, Be An Inspirational Leader: Engage, Inspire, Empower, Dan Nielsen speaks directly to leaders at all levels, providing insights, encouragement, and proven strategies to help participants become better, more effective inspirational leaders. Regardless of your current status, position, success and effectiveness as a leader, without exception, everyone can improve!

Drawing from the extensive research and real-life leadership stories within the book, as well as from his own personal experiences and insights gained over his forty-year career, Nielsen shares relevant anecdotes and actionable strategies for leveraging your strengths and developing leadership excellence.

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Keynote Outline

Introduction – Nielsen begins with a powerful call to action, reminding participants that everyone is a leader, and everyone benefits from inspirational leadership. He shares a bit of his personal story, driving home the truth of inspirational leadership’s importance, effectiveness, and lifelong impact.

He then goes on to explain that there is no definitive list of traits that are required of inspirational leaders, nor is there any such thing as a perfect leader. However, there are certain key characterstics most inspirational leaders exhibit:

  • Accountability
  • Authenticity
  • Teachability
  • Aproachability
  • Responsiveness
  • Flexibility

After defining, describing, and sharing real-life examples of each of these six characteristics, Nielsen goes on to emphasize three more critical traits—better described as habits—practiced by inspirational leaders:

  • Engaging others
  • Inspiring others
  • Empowering others

Each of these habits consist of specific strategies, such as building connections, creating vision, and facilitating growth. Nielsen explores these habits in depth, expounding on the specific strategies and giving participants the insights and tools they need to set off down the path toward success.

Conclusion – Nielsen ends the presentation with a brief lesson on leveraging the power of habit to achieve results, and offers several tips for creating a personal success system for putting these strategies into practice.

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“Great presentation. I love your passion for inspirational leadership.” – Rhonda Ridenour, Director, Patient Financial Services, Avita Health System


“I loved your talk at Becker’s. You both brought tears to my eyes and made me laugh. To me, that is always the sign of a great speaker! … I have found that I have shared more about your session than any other session from the Becker’s meeting.” – Gina Struble, Director of Patient Financial Services, Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium (ANTHC)


“Well delivered speech… was very informative.” – Josephine Villanueva


It was a pleasure attending your sessions at the Becker’s conference… thank you for your insights and generosity.” – Joseph A. Ragno, NYU Winthrop Hospital


Thank you for sharing your passion!” – Edgar Tijerina, Associate Director, Altus Health


“It was a pleasure to attend your talk at Becker’s meeting in Chicago… I really enjoyed it.” – Zahra Khudeira, Sinai Health System


Thank you for an inspiring talk this morning. Looking forward to reading your book!” – Amanda Hayes, System Director Pre-Access, Presence Health


“I am thankful for having the opportunity to meet you in person and hear your passion for engaging, inspiring and empowering leadership! The highlight of an exceptional conference in my opinion. I love your energy and enthusiasm! It’s contagious!” – Nancy Coppom, Director, Patient Financial Services, Boulder Community Health


“Thanks for the great session at Beckers today! I really appreciated your message – just what I needed.” – Christine McSweeney, COO, Banner University Medical Center Phoenix


Great to hear you speak at the conference.” – Maria Clemens, CIO, Management and Network Services, LLC


“Amazing and inspiring talk at the conference! You helped me rebuild my motivation! Thank you so much.” – Susan Jacob-Kokura, Clinical Pharmacy Informatics Manager New York Presbyterian Hospital


“I have had the distinct pleasure of meeting Dan Nielsen and receiving an autographed copy of his book at the 3rd Annual Health IT + Revenue Cycle Conference. He is truly a transformational leader and extremely approachable.” – Darline Candio, CEO, Emergent Healthcare Consulting Services, LLC


“My friend and colleague Dan Nielsen has taught us all that the best execution strategy is to be an ‘Inspirational Leader – Engage, Inspire and Empower.’ Dan’s book is a must read!” – Michael Jones




Engage. Inspire. Empower.

Take your team, your organization, and your success to the next level!