Meet Your ILEC Coach

John Hope

Master Certified Intelligent Leadership Executive Coach

I have always been passionate about service.

I have always been passionate about competent leadership. Competent leaders lead from the front. True leaders hold themselves to the strictest of standards. It is always about setting and enforcing the standard; of being truly out front, being legal, moral and ethical in all that they do. Leaders do not lie, cheat or steal, nor tolerate those that do. Leaders cannot be servant leaders unless they are truly unselfish, humble, and seek the very best for those that they are charged to lead. True success is measured in the success of your subordinates, not in your own success.

I no longer wear the Army uniform, but I am not done serving. I have taken on a new challenge as a Master Certified Executive Coach under Intelligent Leadership Executive Coaching (ILEC). I am serving with my wife Kristi, who is also a Master Certified Executive Coach. We will use our coaching skills, and our life experiences and education to address professional development, leadership development, corporate culture consulting, and to support corporate diversity and inclusion programs.

In our adopted hometown of Nashville, I choose to now serve my community via as a volunteer for both Rotary International & Operation Stand Down, as an Advisor at the Nashville Entrepreneur Center, and as a Mentor/Subject Matter Expert at SCORE, I assist entrepreneurs, small business owners, and Veternas “pro bono” to promote their success. Kristi and I continue to look for additional opportunities to serve.

Businesses, corporations, and government agencies have been hugely impacted by the COVID epidemic. Leaders, managers, and individual contributors are looking for guidance and “the way forward.” We are eager and ready to assist with our skills, expertise, and life experiences.

Why I Became a Coach

Q and A with Your ILEC Coach

Lack of “traditional” leadership opportunities in corporate America led me down this road and to an even more rewarding opportunity with ILEC. We love Nashville and really wanted to be part of this community. I have no desire to retire. I have no desire to deploy again or live apart from my wife, who is also my best friend. ILEC gives me the chance to pursue my passion, which is leadership and leadership development, and also give the opportunity to work as a husband and wife team, the first for an ILEC franchise.

My vision is to establish an ILEC team of coaches to provide Leadership Development/Corporate Culture services across numerous geographic locations. I envision adding two qualified and certified coaches per year to the team to expand the strategic reach of Team Hope.

Our Mission is to deliver unequaled leadership coaching/development and corporate culture assessment/development services to businesses and individuals in the greater Nashville metropolitan area, and beyond in order to produce measurable results and return on investments that meet or exceed customer expectations.

My greatest professional achievement was to be personally selected by the Chief of Staff of the Army, GEN Raymond Odierno, to be one of twenty military officers, and the sole Reserve Component (RC) officer, as a Fellow for the Chief of Staff of the Army Strategic Studies Group, Cohort II, July 2013-July 2014.

I have two key personal accomplishment. The first was to attend and graduate from the United States Military Academy at West Point in 1981, without ever having to walk the “area.” The second was to attend and graduate from the U.S. Army Ranger School, Class 2-82.

  1. I have a lifetime of leadership and management experience in the military and in civilian business, which brings credibility to my position as a world-class executive coach.
  2. My education: I have a BA in Engineering from West Point. I have graduated from both the U.S. Army and U.S. Marine Corps Command and General Staff Colleges. In addition to my year-long Fellowship at the Chief of Staff of the Army Strategic Studies Group, I have an MA in Strategic Studies from the U.S. Army War College and a MA in Military History from Norwich University. I have a U.S. Army Additional Skill Identifier (ASI) as an Army Strategist.
  3. I believe in and have lived the Army Values. I have always lived the Cadet Honor Code that states: A Cadet will not lie, cheat or steal, or tolerate those that do. I believe and abide by the creed of “legal, moral, and ethical” in how I present myself and in all that I do.

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