Jim Cooper

Jim Cooper is a seasoned leader and business executive with over 30 years of expertise in building and leading high performance teams. He is the founder and principal of Ascendent Leadership. Prior to Ascendent Leadership, Jim held senior leadership positions with the United States Air Force and the Hewlett-Packard Company.

Jim works with front line leaders and high potential individual contributors to develop the leadership instincts, knowledge and skills they will need to serve their teams and enable their people to fulfill their potential and accomplish great things in their life and for their organizations.

Jim has worked with corporate giants such as Cisco, Hewlett-Packard, high profile educational institutions such as the Johnson Graduate School of Management at Cornell University, and non-profit organizations such as the North Texas Food Bank.  Beyond his work at Ascendent Leadership, Jim holds positions as an adjunct coach for the Center for Creative Leadership, and as an adjunct instructor for the Jindal School of Management at the University of Texas at Dallas.

Jim believes that world class leaders:

  • Understand that true success “is not just about the numbers”
  • Lead from a mindset of serving their teams and enabling their personal growth and success
  • Help their teams see their individual roles as critically linked to the success of the organizations mission, and the success of others that they care about within the organization
  • Focus their teams on building the commitment to excellence and personal development actualization that make success a habit and truly sustainable over their lives and careers
  • Create a sustainable coaching culture by broadly deploying coaching skills through their leadership ranks.

Jim focuses his practice in the following areas:

  • Coaching skills development for managers and leaders (Coaching Out of the Box®)
  • Leadership development (Leadership Architect Framework from Korn/Ferry Lominger)
  • Team effectiveness development (Team Architect framework from Korn/Ferry Lominger)
  • Emotional Intelligence assessment and development (Multi-Health Systems EQ-i 2.0)
  • Executive and professional coaching as required to enable and accelerate personal development (I use the 5/5/5 methodology I learned from Alison in my coach training!)

Jim holds a BS in engineering and an MAT in education from Cornell University, and an MS in engineering management from Northeastern University. He received his coach training from the graduate program in Executive and Professional Coaching at the Jindal School of Management at the University of Texas at Dallas. He is certified as a Professional Certified Coach by the International Coach Federation.


Email: jim.cooper@ascendentleadership.com





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