John Alexander, distinguished leadership coach in residence 
(336) 279-9200, jalexander8@elon.edu

John AlexanderJohn Alexander has been affiliated with Elon Law School since 2007. From 2007-2009, he was appointed as Elon University’s Isabella Cannon Distinguished Visiting Professor of Leadership. In this capacity he worked primarily with the Law School to help design a new leadership curriculum in the context of legal education. In 2009 he joined the Law School faculty and is part of a faculty team for two leadership courses: Lawyering, Leadership, and Professionalism and Leadership and Public Law. He oversees a coaching initiative for students in each of those courses. Alexander also serves as faculty advisor for the school’s Leadership Fellows program.

Before joining the Law School, Alexander served as President and CEO of the Center for Creative Leadership (CCL) from 1997-2007. During his tenure, CCL was consistently ranked among the world’s top providers of non-degree executive education. Before joining the CCL staff in 1990, he pursued a career in newspaper journalism, during which he was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in Editorial Writing.

In addition to his work at the Law School, Alexander is co-founder and principal of Leadership Horizons, Inc. (LHI), an executive coaching and consulting firm. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. Alexander graduated from Princeton University with Highest Honors and earned an M.A. in Politics, Philosophy, and Economics from Magdalen College, Oxford, as a Rhodes Scholar. 

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