About Thomas Leonard
Thomas J. Leonard, often know as the father of life coaching, passed away suddenly on February 11th, 2003
His MANY accomplishments include:
Founded, in 1992, Coach U
Founded, in 1994, the International Coach Federation, a large association of professional coaches with over 130 chapters worldwide.
Started, in 1998, TeleClass.com, a virtual university with over 20,000 students, offering over 100 classes during any given week, delivered via conference call and RealAudio.
In 2000 he founded CoachVille with Dave Buck which quickly became the largest on-line community of Coaches ever.
In 2001 he launched a BOLD vision for the Graduate School of Coaching a home study curriculum with 1,000 hours of recorded content. (we are still working on that one!)
Wrote 28 personal and professional development programs, including Personal Foundation, Certified Strategist, Toleration-Free, Clean Sweep and SuperSensitive Person, A Perfect Life, Certified Critical Eye which are used by coaches, training firms, and Fortune 100 companies.
Authored 6 coach-related books since 1998: Working Wisdom, The Portable Coach, Becoming a Coach, Simply Brilliant, and The Coaching Forms Book (6th edition) and The Distinctionary.
Was featured on over 100 hours of commercially available audiotape sets demonstrating techniques and processes of coaching.
Developed numerous popular websites and resources we still incorporate today.
Was the founder of the International Association of Coaches and helped develop the ICF, International Coach Federation, the largest professional coaching association worldwide. Was the founder of the Graduate School of Coaching, the most comprehensive coach training school (1000 courses in development), with 1400 students from 35 countries.
Was the founder of the International Association of Certified Coaches, the largest professional coaching association worldwide.
Was the publisher the Today's Coach, the largest-circulation ezine in the coaching industry (30,000 subscribers).
Conducted Teleclasses on coaching and professional development topics.
Conducted workshops and conferences for coaches throughout the year.
Worked on a number of creative projects.
Was the owner/publisher of EzineVille, a collection of 20 ezines with 2 million unique subscribers.
Thomas was 47 years old, single and traveled most of the year in his RV and worked out of his studio in Phoenix, AZ. He was a former financial planner (20 years ago). He was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area. He, along with the coaching profession he helped to pioneer, was featured in over 200 media outlets since 1996, including Newsweek, Time, Fortune, NBC Nightly News, Los Angeles Times, and The Times (London).