Vinay Kumar is a gifted and highly sought-after thought leader in the fields of leadership and personal development. He is the co-author of Language and the Pursuit of Leadership Excellence: How Extraordinary Leaders Build Relationships, Shape Culture, and Drive Breakthrough Results. Vinay also serves as an internal coach and educator at TEOCO Corporation.
The body-of-work covered in his book is used in a number of leadership coaching and professional development programs at leading educational institutions and private, government, and non-profit organizations, including Accenture, the American Council on Education, Georgetown University, Harley-Davidson Motor Company, International Monetary Fund, Marriott International, National Science Foundation, the Coca-Cola Company and the U S Social Security Administration.
Vinay strongly believes that when leaders grow, so do the people and the organizations they lead. His primary focus is on working with leaders who have strong technical and scientific (STEM) backgrounds – those who often have been promoted based on their technical and functional competencies. His clients span the globe, with majority being in US, India, Israel, and the United Kingdom. He also has extensive experience in assessing and maximizing the efforts of cross-cultural teams throughout the world.
Vinay supports leaders through one-to-one coaching and through cutting-edge cohort–based leadership development programs that are designed to grow and develop participants from the inside out. As leaders engage in his programs, they experience breakthroughs in their thinking, which enables them to see new possibilities, take new and more effective actions, and produce breakthrough results in their personal and professional lives, as well as in the organizations they lead.
In addition to designing and delivering educational programs, Vinay also serves as a sounding board, a thought partner, and as a professional outsider. Among the benefits that leaders experience from Vinay’s assistance include improvements in communications, collaboration, teamwork, and cohesiveness. Clients find that these gains help their organizations to achieve greater engagement, retention, and performance within and across functions. Additionally, Vinay finds that the resulting inner shifts often tend to have a positive impact not only on business performance and outcomes, but on clients’ personal lives as well.
In the course of his life, Vinay has held both leadership and non-leadership position, in government, private sector, and his family business. He has also experienced both successes and failures. He considers his failures to be a particular gift that has positioned him well to be sensitive to the challenges that his clients face.
Prior to joining Ideas for Action LLC, Vinay was Senior Director for Marketing General Corporation, and Vice-President of GRC Direct, where he was responsible for business development and client services. Vinay has also worked with Gulf Oil Corporation and the US Environmental Protection Agency. Vinay is also the author of Customers: Love ‘Em or Lose ‘Em: 57 Ways to Love Your Customers. Vinay graduated from University of Maryland with a B.S. in Chemical Engineering. He is a certified leadership coach through the Georgetown University, and a Professional Certified Coach (PCC) through the International Coach Federation. He and his wife have two grown daughters and they reside in Great Falls, Virginia. He can be contacted at .