"great leaders don’t
happen by accident"

Build Your World Class team

You have good people. You have great goals. Leading with Hope partners with you to help synchronize and motivate your teams to those goals –  beyond your imagination – to perform at the highest capability. Experience tangible results, relational transformation, and focused team energy as your organization’s members “work as one” to achieve thrilling results.

Proven Leadership

They didn’t just go to a class and put out a shingle.

Using time-proven methods, decades of experience, and contemporary science, Leading with Hope consultants John and Kristi Hope have actually led people in the real world – sometimes when people were shooting at them (literally and figuratively). John is a Purple Heart-decorated 35-year military veteran, and Kristi is an Electrical Engineer by degree with extensive international business expertise. They possess the understanding, vast knowledge and empathy to enable you and your leadership teams to work together to accomplish more. Much more.

what we offer

Leader Development, Performance Coaching, and Executive Search

Leadership Development Workshops

Executive Search

1 on 1 Performance Coaching

Executive Coaching

Strategic Planning

Corporate Culture Review

Performance at the Highest Level


What sets us apart

The value of field tested experience

Many coaches and consultants teach in theory only. They’ve gone to the seminars, taken the classes and read the books.

John and Kristi’s most powerful asset is their combined years of corporate and military leadership experience, in leading a wide variety of personalities within a multitude of environments.

They excel in:

  • motivating people to results and outcomes
  • analyzing and harmonizing teams
  • identifying areas of growth

They possess remarkable subject matter expertise and are certified instructors of the most industry-respected assessments in the field today.

International Coaching Federation (ICF) Certified and Accredited

Trainers with PrinciplesYou and PrinciplesUs Assessments

Combined 35 Years Military & 35 Years Corporate Experience

Combat-Wounded Veteran-Owned Business

Happy Clients


Proven leadership through field tested experience

John Hope

Leadership is his DNA, and self-less service is his purpose.

John is an alumnus of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, where he is proud to say that he was never subject to “Walk the Yard”. Upon retiring from a 35-year Army career with the rank of Colonel, his pledge “to provide a lifetime of service to the Nation” evolved into a mission to empower members of his community to be the best they can be. John now leverages every tool in his toolbox to give people the skills they need to up their game in life. He is passionate about coaching established leaders, and investing in emerging leaders.

His experience as a military officer and business owner, led him to becoming a Certified Master Executive Coach and Certified Performance Coach, and he earned the designation of ACC by the International Coaching Federation (IFC). John relentlessly studies to employ the best practices in the industry in order to serve at the highest level.

One of his proudest achievements was that of earning the U.S. Ranger tab.

Kristi Hope

Kristi’s clients, in both Coaching and Executive Search sectors, opt for her services owing to her extensive business experience with industry heavyweights, including Lockheed Martin, Honeywell, Textron, and Stanton Chase. She is an Engineer by degree, and her technical & business education includes MBA; MS, Aeronautical Science; BS, Electrical Engineering; Master Certified Leadership Executive Coaching/Intelligent Leadership Executive Coaching, Mediation & Six Sigma Certified.

Being “the first” woman in many roles ignited her fervor for not just discussing Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion, but truly ensuring its outstanding success.

One of the most significant highlights of Kristi’s career was when the late King Hussein of Jordan awarded her “The Order Of The Star Of Jordan, Commander (Al Kawkab Al Ordani)” in recognition of her leadership during the renovation of his Head of State aircraft.


What others are saying

What We Offer

  • 1- 5-day Workshops tailored to your team’s needs and your budget
  • Deep Dive into principles of Leadership learned from doing over decades
  • Assessments – which and how many determined by the length of the workshop
  • Discovering individual Purpose
  • Defining personal and professional goals
  • Formulating an individual development plan that addresses all of the above.

With confidentiality and discretion, Kristi discovers strategic individuals who align with her client’s goals and values. She taps into her broad industry network and experience to efficiently navigate the competitive landscape, identifying and vetting the most compelling and successful executive candidates. Kristi is skilled in securing and onboarding pivotal talent that results in long-term compatibility.

Individual coaching is strictly one-on-one, with topics and the durations based on the clients needs. Utilizing the International Coaching Federation (ICF) model and standards, all conversations are confidential and conducted in accordance with the ICF ethical standards. In an atmosphere of trust, the client sets timeline and the agenda for hourly engagements. 

John & Kristi are Master Certified Leadership Coaches with a coaching philosophy and methodology combining assessments and extensive real-world leadership experiences. Their tailored 1:1 coaching sessions are specifically designed for executives who possess a deep passion for personal growth; recognizing the importance of continuous improvement, they understand that every leader must embrace challenges and be held accountable to surpass their present capabilities and accomplish their ambitious aspirations for themselves and their organizations. This transformative coaching experience typically spans 6-9 months, offering a journey like no other you have ever encountered. Are you ready to rise to the occasion and embark on this extraordinary path of self-discovery and achievement?

John dedicated his entire Army career to operations and strategy, culminating in the remarkable achievement of being one of the rare few bestowed with the coveted Additional Skill Identifier (ASI) of “Army Strategist.” Complementing his military background, John’s second recognized strength, as per StrengthsFinder 2.0, is his prowess as a “Strategist.”

During her corporate tenure with esteemed companies like Lockheed Martin, Honeywell, and Textron, Kristi Hope excelled in developing numerous business strategies. Whether crafting strategies for individual program advancements or spearheading comprehensive initiatives for new business ventures, Kristi consistently showcased her strategic acumen.

Together, John & Kristi form an exceptional duo capable of facilitating your company’s strategy’s creation, revision, and affirmation. They will also help develop the associated tactics and establish a team charter crucial for transforming these plans into tangible realities. Your organization can chart a path to success and achieve your desired objectives with their expertise and guidance.

It is considered a best practice for businesses of any size to regularly evaluate their corporate culture. Strategy and culture are closely intertwined, but the relationship between culture and leadership is particularly inseparable. When culture is aligned with strategy and leadership, it has a significant impact on driving positive organizational outcomes. An organization’s culture is greatly influenced by its purpose, vision, mission, and core values. It is crucial for the company’s values and norms to be clearly communicated and shared across the entire organization. Conducting periodic corporate culture reviews helps ensure that there is alignment and synergy between the organization’s purpose, strategy, vision, and mission.

Leading With Hope

Monday Morning Musings

“Fight for the things that you care about, and do it in a way that will lead others to join you.” Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Choose your leaders carefully based on your purpose, values, beliefs, attitudes, and references. Fight for what is right as you know right to be. You can choose the right and follow the light, or you can go to the dark side. What will you choose?


Accordion Content

“The more we overcome our reluctance and take action, the more we realize just how often things can go well for us.” Caterina Rando

This quote caught my attention this morning. It’s almost two weeks since the shoulder replacement, and my recovery is going well. But I can still only type with one hand and it is frustrating. I am trying to learn lessons in patience, but I will be thrilled to take action when I get my sling off. Four more weeks!

“The more we overcome our reluctance and take action, the more we realize just how often things can go well for us.” Caterina Rando

This quote caught my attention this morning. It’s almost two weeks since the shoulder replacement, and my recovery is going well. But I can still only type with one hand and it is frustrating. I am trying to learn lessons in patience, but I will be thrilled to take action when I get my sling off. Four more weeks!

Friday Thought Leadership

“Knowing others is intelligence; knowing yourself is true wisdom. Mastering others is strength; mastering yourself is true power.” Laozi

Ten days have passed since I had a total replacement of my left shoulder. I’m back into the fight using one hand and a mouse! I am slower but clear of thought and singular of purpose. Life and learning go on, no matter the challenges and obstacles. How do you master yourself? Start with PrinciplesYou, a free personality assessment from Ray Dalio, author of “Principles.” What an excellent tool for self-discovery and self-learning.

“When you love what you do, it’s difficult not to succeed. Your enthusiasm is obvious to everyone around you, and contagious.” Richard Carlson

I was fortunate to be a Soldier and a servant leader for 35 years in the U.S. Army. I loved what I did, but alas, these good things ended at my formal retirement. I lost my Army and the teamwork and collaboration inherent to the military culture. I lost a little bit of myself. I wasn’t ready to retire, so I had to ask myself, “What now?” My purpose is selfless service; leadership is my passion. My purpose led me to my next season of life: performance coaching. I continued my education to gain the credentials and credibility as a coach. Once again, I love what I do. I help you become a better you; I help your team become a better team. Follow me!

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