The Serve to Lead Group serves organizations and teams and individuals, helping them create extraordinary value for an ever-growing array of engaged stakeholders.
Our approach is entrepreneurial.
We strive for excellence in the new world of 21st century leadership, management, and communication.
Entrepreneurial Energy, Relentless Pursuit of Excellence
James Strock is an independent entrepreneur and reformer in business, government and politics. He is a bestselling author and professional speaker. He founded the Serve to Lead Group in 1997.
Our services include: Leadership Development; Environmental-Social-Governance; and various roles and tasks in a number of entrepreneurial, financial, and not-for-profit enterprises. Our work includes the range of leadership, management and communications services, serving clients on a number of issues.
The Serve to Lead Group is dedicated to creating extraordinary value through advancing the highest values of service.
James Strock’s extensive experience serving the private, public, and not-for-profit sectors prepares him well for the opportunities and challenges of 21st century leadership, management, and communications. The common thread in his diverse service is an unwavering commitment to entrepreneurial energy and excellence.
Strock serves in a wide range of roles, from chief executive to board member to investor to consultant; from starting up and turning around businesses and public agencies; to serving as an author and professional speaker; to serving as an adviser and mentor.
The Serve to Lead Group can identify, assemble, and manage world-class teams, across diverse disciplines, in dispersed locations.
Strock, individually and as part of various teams and organizations, serves various functions, including: management, project management, financing, sales and marketing, stakeholder engagement, public advocacy, communication (including new media), crisis management and communication, strategic planning, regulatory compliance, negotiation, mediation, facilitation, human resources, and training.
The Serve to Lead Group has served diverse sectors including: finance, manufacturing, transportation, technology, defense, aerospace, health care, real estate, chemicals, professional services, insurance, environmental safety and health, remediation, clean tech, sustainability, energy, and medical cannabis.
We serve effectively in a variety of roles and contexts, because we relentlessly focus on doing what it takes to get things done—to create value.
Author | Speaker
James Strock is a recognized authority and renowned keynote speaker on 21st century leadership, servant leadership, and presidential leadership.
He also presents seminars, and facilitates company and firm meetings and retreats, and serves as an emcee.
Strock has written three business bestsellers, and an award-winning book on US political reform.
Serve to Lead 2.0: 21st Century Leaders Manual has been praised as “the essential guidebook for 21st century leadership.”
Reagan on Leadership: Executive Lessons from the Great Communicator is available in a commemorative edition for the Reagan Centennial. With a new foreword by Tom Peters, and a new readers’ note, Reagan on Leadership brings the timeless lessons of one of the greatest leaders of the twentieth century into a new era.
Strock is also the author of Theodore Roosevelt on Leadership, which Colonel David Hackworth declared “a masterpiece.” Each book is widely used in business and not-for profit organizations, educational institutions, government agencies and the military.
Disrupt Politics: Reset Washington was praised by legendary financier Carl Icahn as “a comprehensive guide to changing Washington. It should be read and debated by everyone committed to transforming government for the 21st Century.”
In addition to extensive business experience, James Strock has served at high levels of government.
His combination of private and public sector service enables him to craft creative networks and teams to solve complex problems, to seize significant opportunities to add value. It’s also valuable for effectively engaging an array of stakeholders in high-stakes situations.
From 1991-97 Strock served in Governor Pete Wilson’s cabinet as California’s founding Secretary for Environmental Protection. Following confirmation by the state senate, he led the Cal/EPA, comprising 4000 employees, achieving worldwide environmental, energy and economic impact. During this time he also served on the Intergovernmental Policy Advisory Committee to the U.S. Trade Representative.
In 1989, President George H.W. Bush appointed, and the U.S. Senate confirmed Strock to serve as Assistant Administrator for Enforcement (chief law enforcement officer) of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. He led a major expansion and turn-around of the organization, while driving civil and criminal enforcement to record levels.
Strock served as general counsel and acting director of the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (the federal government’s human resources agency), member of the California State Personnel Board, special counsel to the U.S. Senate Environment & Public Works Committee, and as a lawyer in private practice.
James Strock serves on the board of CVR Energy (NYSE: CVI), and is a trustee of the Theodore Roosevelt Association. From 2010-12 he served as co-chair of the Arizona Governor’s Solar Energy Advisory Task Force. Strock is listed in Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in the World, and Who’s Who in Finance and Business. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the Authors Guild.
Strock was educated at public and private schools in Austin, Texas, and New Orleans, Louisiana, and holds degrees from Harvard College (A.B., Phi Beta Kappa) and Harvard Law School (J.D.). During law school he served as a teaching fellow for Professor Richard Neustadt’s course on presidential leadership. He subsequently studied literature for a year at New College, Oxford, on a Rotary Scholarship. In 1985 he received the Ross Essay Prize of the American Bar Association. He served to captain in the USAR-JAGC. Political Affiliation: Independent.
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