What is real leadership about?


A better question is: “What makes for a good leader, one whom you would be proud to follow?”


To find the answer, I immersed myself in the study of leadership for over 40 years. I discovered that most managers and supervisors lack leadership training. They were thrown in the deep end of the pool and forced to “swim with the sharks.” Many have been pushed through the Leadership Door™ rather than be invited. Most bad bosses have a good heart and do care, but this internal intention does not come through in their actions and behaviors. A supermajority of weak leaders is technically competent in their chosen field but have very little training or understanding about the skills related to human relations or the essential skills.

To solve this problem, the High Road Institute was conceived. We are a company dedicated to ensuring that every organization has quality leaders, at all levels. We turn the reluctant and reticent into capable and honorable leaders worth following. We develop High Road® Leaders who have beneficial impact and powerful influence in everything they touch.

We envision the day when most realize that the honor-driven approach to being a leader is taking the High Road®, which symbolizes the ideal path to take in the long run. When you lead from the High Road®, the world experiences an increase in truth, fairness, honesty, sustainable success, and better outcomes.

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Ron Rael

Ron Rael


I am usually irreverent, sometimes satirical, and always provocative! I want you to become the best leader you can be!

I deliver fresh perspectives and amazing insights on high-quality leadership so that you to fully grasp how good and bad leadership affects every issue and challenge you face.

I deliver SOLUTIONS that address the Human Element of Leading others; tools that instigate good change.

If you ask me to deliver a keynote, a live learning session, a live webcast, an online webinar, or coach you, I will be the sparkplug that instigates growth in yourself and those around you.

“Let’s learn something new today!”

For those who care, here are my credentials:
I am leadership fertilizer! I nurture and grow bold and courageous leaders with intention, who have a positive impact and beneficial influence.

I develop leaders worth following.

I am CEO and founder of The High Road® Institute and I work with open minded organizations that want to develop a culture of leadership that will ensure they have the right leaders in the right place at the right time.

I have over 40 years of business leadership experience in Fortune 500 companies, in mid-market companies, and in small business. I have worked with Cabela’s, Costco, Starbucks, Microsoft, Starbucks, Bright Horizons, Radio Shack, the U.S. Navy, and many organizations you have never heard of.

My extensive wisdom and practical solutions, contained in 19 books and numerous programs, is derived from training and coaching over 14,0000 business leaders throughout the United States and Canada.

As my client, you will:
• Receive tools to bringing people together in collaboration and cooperation.
• Learn how to improve accountability,
• Know how to transform a culture.
• Be more confident in leading a team or company,
• Have better governance and / or risk management.

When I am ‘in your house,’ you will have fun while we embark on a journey, exploring the Art of Leadership through amazing leadership experiences.


I have very much enjoyed having you as an instructor for us and also emailing you when I need to.  Your teaching style is great and also keeps the attention of the participants throughout.  Some of the subjects I know you have to teach on can be dry and kinda boring, but I have never had anyone say any of your classes were anything but enjoyable experiences. 


Last week I had the pleasure of hearing Ron Speak on Leadership. What a great experience. He provided great content and was a delight to listen to.

Hugh Jenings

Ron keeps things entertaining! The course went by quick and I learned quite a few new things. Thanks! Good info that is practical. I would love to take another course from Mr. Rael. 

WSCPA Course Participant

Good class. Ron is an excellent presenter! The skills I learned will help me become a better and more effective controller. 

WSCPA Course Participant

Ron did a great job. He did not let us get bogged down in the numbers, he kept it fun and engaging. Take this class with Ron or you might spend most of your time in boring and complicated calculations. 

WSCPA Course Participant