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Robert Schaefer, Ph.D., President of Mindful Leadership, Inc. is an Organizational Development (OD) consultant, executive coach, leadership development expert, meditation instructor, statistical analyst, research scholar, workshop facilitator, and training systems designer. Robert is a renowned expert in the assessment and diagnostic debrief of ability-based Emotional Intelligence, with an emphasis on communication and conflict management at the individual and team level. Robert research focus is in the powerful role that mood and emotions play-out in the workplace. This effort has culminated with the creation of the Interpersonal Dialogue Profile (IDP) assessment.


Robert’s 23 years of experience has helped many companies including Hilton Hotels, BNSF Railway, Texas Health Resources, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Tennessee, Bennett and Company (a fashion design firm), Raising Cane’s, Dave and Busters, El Pollo Loco, Marriott Hotels, Seneca Gaming and Resorts, and Brinker. International achieve desired business results through the following attributes:

  • Detail-oriented professional with extensive senior-level management experience

  • Excels in providing client-centered service within demanding, outcome-oriented, and dynamic work environments

  • Skilled in many areas within Industrial/Organizational Psychology, Personality Psychology, Positive Psychology, Quantitative Analysis for the Behavioral Sciences, Leadership Behavior, Affect, Mood, and Emotion, Human Resources, Organizational Development, Learning and Development

  • Certified Emotional Intelligence Instructor (EI Skills/Yale University)

  • Certified Executive Coach (ROI Coaching Model)

  • Experienced on-the-job trainer and instructional designer

  • Expert facilitation skills. Applies of a variety of teaching/delivery styles, and adapts delivery to adult learners with diverse learning styles and needs

  • Vast expertise leading clients to higher levels of achievement and performance through innovative, practical, constructivist learning methodology

Robert’s experience in both the design and implementation facets of training management adds significant benefits to clients in the areas of needs analysis, job analysis, efficiency modeling, assessment-based selection systems, learning retention, statistical analysis, and capturing the return on investment (ROI) of the learning function. Prior to joining a consulting firm in 2005 (Steinbrecher and Associates, Inc.), Robert worked in the restaurant industry as a Director of Education & Development, and in the quick print and retail industry as an HR&D Manager. Robert has a Ph.D. in Organizational Psychology, an MBA, and is a member of the APA (American Psychological Association), SIOP (Society for Industrial Organizational Psychology), ASTD (American Society for Training and Development), and SHRM (Society for Human Resource Management).


You can review more of Robert’s professional background here.


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