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I’m Gilan, and I want to welcome you personally to my world – a world where influential leadership is not just a dream but a reality, a world where we believe that profound strategies alone do not drive success – they need an influential leader to bring them to life.

My journey with leadership began in 2011, when I became a founding member of the John Maxwell team of leadership speakers and coaches. The path I’ve tread isn’t the conventional one. Before embarking on my leadership path, I started my career as a professional mentalist, giving me a unique lens to understand and deconstruct influence into practical frameworks. This background serves as the foundation for my work, helping leaders elevate their impact and achieve success faster.

I’ve been privileged to share my unique perspective on leadership in over 40 countries, presenting at more than 2,000 events, and to a virtual audience of over 30,000 individuals from all walks of life, who have subscribed to my online courses. Among the prestigious audiences, I’ve been humbled to work with are Fortune 500 companies, governments, military organizations, and even NATO.

When NATO invited me as the opening speaker for their strategic communications conference in Europe, I had the opportunity to demonstrate interactive influence techniques and trust-building measures. To my honor, NATO’s official press release highlighted my presentation as one of the conference’s significant highlights.

Yet, my work is not about the prestige or the accolades – it’s about making a difference. At the heart of what I do is the belief that leadership is about influencing an organization’s culture to be high-performing and aligned with its strategy. It’s about creating positive change and ensuring everyone on the team is rowing in the same direction.

That’s why I founded the Influence Institute. Our mission is to create a world where leaders are not just successful, but influential – equipped with the tools and knowledge to inspire and empower those around them. We guide countless leaders towards personal and organizational victory, fostering a global community of clients and influential leaders who are making a positive impact on their organizations and the world.

We believe that leadership, true leadership, is about more than just managing systems and processes – it’s about influencing people. Without adequate influence, leading in today’s complex and ever-changing world can feel like wielding a magnet that’s short on power. But with the right guidance, we can unlock your full influence and impact.

As we continue on this journey together, my aim is to equip you with the skills to not only achieve success but to make a lasting difference in your organization and the world. So, join us as we foster a brighter future where all leaders are driven by high performance and the desire to make a significant difference.

I can’t wait to embark on this transformative journey with you.



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