OBU alumnus Jeremie Kubicek led a leadership training session for a group of OBU faculty and staff Tuesday, July 23, on the University’s Shawnee campus. The event was meant to teach and inspire faculty and staff to grow their leadership abilities and impact their workplace positively for the upcoming academic year and beyond. Kubicek taught principles from his most recent book, “The 100 X Leader: How to Become Someone Worth Following,” co-authored with Steve Cockram.

Kubicek graduated from OBU in 1993 with a BBA in international business. He is chairman and co-founder of GiANT Worldwide and CEO of GiANT TV, with the GiANT brand dedicated to leadership transformation through intentional apprenticeship. He is an international speaker, author and consultant to top-level executives and leaders around the world. He is a subject matter expert on organizational leadership, emotional intelligence and interpersonal communication.

He is also the bestselling author of “Making Your Leadership Come Alive: 7 Actions to Increase Your Influence.” In 2015, he co-wrote, along with Steve Cockram, the hit books, “5 Gears: How to Be Present and Productive When There is Never Enough Time,” and, “5 Voices: How to Communicate Effectively with Everyone You Lead.” He is creator and former CEO for the Leadercast global simulcast, former CEO of Catalyst conferences, and former CEO over the John Maxwell training companies. He speaks regularly in organizations of all sizes in the U.S. and throughout Europe.

Kubicek’s LinkedIn bio offers a glimpse into his leadership philosophy.

“I believe that the secret of leadership is knowing yourself and your tendencies, enabling you to lead yourself first,” he said. “Once you become competent in leading yourself, the secret to leading others lies in understanding when to alternately support and challenge them with consistency. When people see you leading yourself and know you are for them, then they are more apt to follow you, because they perceive you as a leader worth following.”

For more information about Kubicek, visit www.giantworldwide.com or www.jeremiekubicek.com.

For more information about OBU, visit www.okbu.edu.

With its campus located in Shawnee, OBU offers 10 bachelor’s degrees with 88 fields of study and five master’s degree programs. The Christian liberal arts university has an overall enrollment of 2.011, with students from 37 states and 40 other countries. OBU has been rated as one of the top 10 regional colleges in the West by U.S. News and World Report for 27 consecutive years and has been Oklahoma’s highest rated regional college in the U.S. News rankings for 25 consecutive years. OBU is one of three universities in Oklahoma and the only private Oklahoma university listed on Great Value College’s rankings of 50 Great Affordable Colleges in the Midwest. Forbes.com consistently ranks OBU as a top university in Oklahoma and the Princeton Review has named OBU one of the best colleges and universities in the western United States for 14 consecutive years.