Global Leadership Consultant. Performance Improvement Expert. Internationally Certified in a Class of His Own.

Meet Lee S. Johnsen

Lee Johnsen

Lee S. Johnsen, CPT, CPLP, SPHR is a respected leader, author and international facilitator in the fields of virtual team management, leadership development and performance improvement. With a hybrid background in both business and counseling, Lee brings his unique expertise to coaching and consulting with executives and leaders. He is an expert at helping global teams and their leaders navigate the challenges and opportunities of working in a virtual world. He has spoken internationally on this and other topics that motivate and engage audiences to expand their thinking and leadership practices.

Focused on helping organizations achieve excellence, Lee is a respected thought leader in the areas of performance improvement, leadership development and change management. His clients trust Lee’s insight on topics such as executive coaching, strategic planning, leadership and management development training, employee engagement and emotional intelligence.


Lee S. Johnsen is Principal and Founder of Partners in Development (PID). He has over 20 years’ experience in successfully guiding organizations to improve productivity and develop leaders. Lee has worked with clients from industries including oil and gas, financial services, third-party logistics, private education, health care, insurance, and nonprofits. In 2014, he spent five months developing young leaders in Saudi Arabia.

His career includes officer and management positions in Fortune 500 corporations as well as government agencies. He has the international distinction of being one of only a few who is certified by all three international human resources organizations—Association for Talent Development (ATD), International Society for Performance Improvement (ISPI), and Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM). He is a published author of several articles and co-authored the book Real World Teambuilding Strategies That Work (Insight Publishing).

Signature Topics

By 2020, 62% of employees are expected to work in virtual teams. With the maturation of the mobile workforce, more virtual team members are working in groups spread around the world. To become high-performing, these individuals require unprecedented levels of communication, accountability, and shared expertise.

Workshops and presentations can be delivered in one-day seminars to multiple-day sessions. Please complete the contact form below to request more information on rates and available training dates.

Choose from:

E-Leading: Maximizing the Power of Virtual Teams

Armed with tools and techniques that address the unique leadership challenges of time, distance, and culture, leaders and team members are able to increase their productivity and build team member relationships—even from a distance

E-Managing: How to Use Technology to Connect and Influence from a Distance

With more than seven out of ten teams in corporate America operating virtually or remotely, it is imperative to develop leaders who can lead from a distance. The session strengthens team leaders’ ability to lead dispersed teams, improve their communication performance, and ultimately increase their success.

Off-Site and On the Mark: Virtual Teams, Real Results

This session is rich with relevant insights and practical strategies you can apply immediately to change your virtual team’s trajectory. If you work with or lead staff, vendors, clients, executives, and other stakeholders located “off-site,” we explore best practices of thriving virtual teams and steps you can take to enhance the performance and productivity of your team.

Leading from a Distance

This advanced workshop provides virtual team leaders with tools to develop new strategies in leading their teams. You will gain practical tools and skills to communicate, build trust, address cultural differences, and establish clear goals and team work processes. Apply research-based best practices to raise the performance of your virtual team.


Globetrotting for Leadership

  • International Society for Performance Improvement EMEA – Ireland & Sweden
  • Sabic – Jubail, Saudi Arabia
  • American Management Association—both U.S. and international divisions
  • Saudi Aramco – Dhahran, Saudi Arabia
  • International Society for Performance Improvement U.S. Conference
  • Association for Talent Development (ATD) U.S. Conference—Dallas, TX
  • Association for Talent Development (ATD) Chapters in Northeast, WI; Greater Boston; Bay Colonies

 Sample Client List

  • Principal Financial Group
  • Wells Fargo
  • Lake Forest Graduate School of Management
  • Grinnell Mutual Insurance
  • John Crane
  • Allied Insurance
  • Marsh & McLennan
  • Monitor Liability
  • Continental Western Group
  • Civic Center of Greater Des Moines, IA
  • The Stanley Foundation
  • Healthy Start
  • Brownelles
  • Drake Resources Group
  • Employee and Family Resources


The Challenges and Opportunities of Virtual Teams

Building High Trust in Virtual Teams

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What are people saying about Lee Johnsen?

  • rated as one of the top Leadership speakers for the American Management Association
  • down-to-earth, humorous and insightful
  • knowledgeable with tremendous delivery

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