Looking for a human resources keynote speaker? Book global leadership expert Krister Ungerböck – get groundbreaking leadership lessons

In this highly competitive era, HR professionals need to hear from a human resources keynote speaker who offers a proven perspective to leadership training, employee engagement, and talent development initiatives.

As an award-winning CEO of a hyper-growth company, Krister Ungerböck saw firsthand how the insufficient investment of leaders’ time and money would negatively impact the bottom line. Today, as a human resources keynote speaker, he guides HR teams to win support for leadership-development initiatives by inspiring leaders at even the most senior levels with new leadership techniques.

As the world’s first Leadership Archaeologist, Krister has made it his life’s work to dig beyond the well-worn paths covered by traditional business media. He searches the “four corners” of the globe to discover leadership secrets that eluded him while he was the award-winning CEO of a global technology company that grew 3,000% – from a handful of people to hundreds of employees in 8 countries, on 5 continents.

As a sought-after human resources keynote speaker, Krister helps HR leaders convince the executive team to invest in leadership development by helping them to see the power of new leadership techniques, applied to their own leadership styles.

As a rare keynote speaker with a track record as a successful CEO of a global company with hundreds of employees, Krister helps HR bridge the credibility gap that frequently causes executives to discount leadership techniques taught by trainers who have never led large, diverse organizations. As a CEO turned keynote speaker, Krister is able to speak in the practical, actionable language that executives expect, readily moving from the 30,000-foot strategic view down to the ground-level tactical view.

According to Harvard Business Review, research shows that powerful leaders tend to become less empathetic. Unlike many one-dimensional speakers, Krister is a human resources keynote speaker who seamlessly weaves together a multifaceted presentation on emotional intelligence, business growth, and leadership development. In fact, he shares the inspiring story of his personal transformation from a “difficult boss” to an award-winning CEO of a company that won 5 consecutive Top Workplace Awards.

Known for his groundbreaking leadership approach and book – The Language of Leadership – Krister reveals the secret to employee engagement, increased profitability, and faster growth: Better bosses. What’s the simplest, most practical way to build better bosses – or become one? Upgrade your language of leadership. As Krister says, “The easiest way to change how we lead is to change our words.”


Why Krister Ungerböck is the human resources keynote speaker for your group:

  1. An award-winning hyper-growth CEO, Krister led a 3,000% growth in his technology company—from a handful of employees to hundreds of employees in 8 countries.

  2. As CEO of one of the largest family-owned software companies in the world, Krister achieved remarkable employee engagement levels of 99.3% and won 5 consecutive Top Workplace Awards.

  3. A unique, trilingual global leadership keynote speaker, Krister has done business in 40 countries, built businesses in 6, and lived in 3.

  4. Krister delivers groundbreaking leadership concepts through gripping stories of success and failure interspersed with practical strategies to drive business growth.

  5. Attendees walk away with a new language they can immediately apply – The Language of Leadership.

Perfect for these audiences:

  • High-potential employees, particularly in the technology industry

  • Entrepreneurial CEOs

  • Leaders at all levels including aspiring new leaders and seasoned senior executives

  • Professional conferences, leadership conferences, association conferences, corporate leadership and sales meetings

Audience take-aways:

An in-demand human resources keynote speaker, Krister’s presentations are packed with practical tips and strategies. He guides and inspires audience members to apply the leadership lessons he shares, so they can:

  1. Develop leaders by winning the war for talent, retaining top employees, and grooming aspiring leaders

  2. Increase productivity by sparking employee engagement, increasing loyalty, and decreasing turnover

  3. Drive business growth and profitability

Presentations are highly personalized to meet your unique needs.

While many speakers “customize” their talk by swapping out a few data points, Krister takes time to dig deep. He’ll talk with you about your event’s objectives and your audience members’ leadership challenges.

Together – as you discuss the options for specific leadership topics to address and messages to impart – you’ll determine the perfect balance for your group. When you book Krister as your human resources keynote speaker, he will deliver memorable leadership lessons, combined with practical tips and actionable strategies your audience members can immediately apply.

An award-winning CEO and global leadership expert, Krister Ungerböck delivers groundbreaking leadership lessons.



“Krister was a memorable and incredible speaker. His talk had the audience fully engaged in his inspiring story of the unique, practical, and surprising leadership lessons he learned during and after his time as a successful CEO.”
Bernice Chao, Creative Director,


“Krister blends Brené Brown’s compassion with Dan Pink’s discovery and storytelling. Powerful yet humble. Energizing yet practical. Krister shares surprising ideas and approaches from around the world that make a huge impact.”
Doug Bauche, Chief Credit Officer
Enterprise Bank & Trust


I would highly recommend Krister for your next keynote. Krister’s approach to leadership is all about discovery. He takes you on a journey looking in unexpected places for the secrets of leadership. He helps your people realize their full potential."
Vicki Hawarden, VP of Events, 
Meeting Professionals International




Krister is a proven hyper-growth CEO, with a shelf full of awards to show for it.



Krister has traveled to 40 countries, built companies in six, lived in three.



No canned speeches here. Every event is uniquely tailored to the specific needs and objectives of the audience.



From the first call to the thunderous applause of your audience, Krister is the epitome of professionalism, responsiveness, and service.



Unlike any other speaker, Krister takes audiences on a vulnerable journey of discovery, packed with unexpected twists, actionable ideas, and powerful inspiration.



Krister shares his setbacks, not only his successes. His deeply personal, revealing approach leaves audiences leaning forward and then leaping to their feet.



Krister’s keynotes are fun and energizing, but audiences get more than a good time. They emerge with practical and actionable ideas and insights to drive meaningful performance for years to come.



Krister’s principles come to life through energizing, uplifting, and memorable stories that moves audiences to courageous actions - personally and professionally.