Dana C. Ackley, Ph.D.


Dr. Dana C. Ackley

Dr. Dana C. Ackley

Dana is the founder and CEO of EQ Leader, Inc. He received his doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the Florida State University in 1973. For twenty-five years, he worked with families to help them overcome deep divides and significant challenges. For the past two decades he has served as an executive coach and organizational consultant to business. He has twice been named a Fellow of the American Psychological Association for innovative thinking in using psychological knowledge to solve vexing problems.

Dana is an internationally recognized expert in Emotional Intelligence (EQ). His book, The EQ Leader Program (MHS, 2006), was the first comprehensive, science-based program designed to develop EQ skills in leaders. Dana uses the program in much of his work, because he believes it is an intelligent and respectful way to help people change what they want to change in order to further their success. Its content and principles have been used with leaders of organizations around the world.

Coming up with creative solutions to challenging problems has been a hallmark of Dana’s work, which often requires him to bring conflicting views into a coherent, integrated, and actionable approach. He is a sought after program developer, presenter, facilitator, and coach, skilled in: listening for what matters, organizing, troubleshooting, problem solving, and conflict resolution.

Dana has more than 40,000 client contact hours helping individuals, families, and corporate clients build the skills needed for success, including constructive influence, political savvy, negotiating, breaking down silos, and reframing issues to reveal unexpected solutions. Client organizations come from the fields of banking and finance, manufacturing, healthcare, family business, law, service organizations/non-profits, government, law enforcement, publishing, and higher education.

Because of his training and experience as a psychologist, Dana’s clients gain valuable tools that they can leverage to make their leadership ideas more actionable and effective. The questions he asks help people articulate their ideas more effectively, examine and question their long held assumptions, understand their own positions versus interests and those of the people they need to interact with, and think about themselves and their situations in ways that allow them to break through old barriers that may have limited them for years.