Leadership development keynote speaker Krister Ungerböck reveals the key to drive growth:


Known for his groundbreaking leadership approach and book – The Language of Leadership – Krister Ungerböck 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. A sought-after leadership development keynote speaker, Krister explains: “The easiest way to change how we lead is to change our words.”

As a former CEO who personally led the leadership development efforts as his company exploded from 15 people to hundreds of people on 5 continents, Krister is a unique leadership development keynote speaker who shares firsthand experiences from the trenches building leaders in a rapidly growing company.

After winning 5 consecutive Top Workplace Awards – thanks to chart-topping 99.3% employee engagement rankings – Krister retired at age 42 to become the world’s first Leadership Archaeologist. Today, as a leadership development keynote speaker, he teaches aspiring leaders and executives the unconventional leadership lessons he learned while observing leaders in 40 countries, building businesses in 6, and living 3.

In his keynotes, Krister notes that inside every company is millions of dollars’ worth of unseen potential productivity waiting to be unlocked. According to Gallup research, highly engaged teams deliver 21% higher productivity than other teams. This untapped potential results in reduced profitability and slower growth.

What is the impact of slower growth? Fewer career growth opportunities for top performers, which leads top talent to look elsewhere for their next promotion. Win the war for talent, and the battle for customers is easy.

What’s the key to increasing employee engagement and unearthing unseen potential in your organization?

Build better bosses.

According to the Harvard Business Review, managers’ leadership behavior accounts for at least 70% of the variance in employee engagement – and thus productivity.

As a global leadership expert, Krister offers insight into behaviors that make for bad leadership and good leadership. An admitted “difficult boss,” Krister transformed his own leadership style and went on to become an award-winning CEO of a global software technology company with hundreds of employees in 8 countries.

As a leadership development keynote speaker, Krister’s leadership development techniques resonate with leaders at all levels: aspiring young leaders, entrepreneurial CEOs, and seasoned senior executives.



Why Krister Ungerböck is the leadership development keynote speaker for your group:

  1. An award-winning hyper-growth CEO, Krister led a 3,000% growth in his technology company, and growing the workforce 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 leadership development 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 leadership development 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.