Amer Kaissi (“Ah-mer Ky-See”) is an-award winning Professor of Healthcare Administration at Trinity University in Texas. He teaches Leadership and Public Speaking.
He is also an executive coach and author. His most recent book is “Humbitious: the power of low ego, high-drive leadership.”
He tries to read at least 65 books every year. He is an avid soccer fan, he loves to run, cook and listen to 90’s hip hop music very loud in his car. He enjoys a good cappuccino, but his biggest weakness is McDonald’s French fries.
He lives in San Antonio with his wife and two teenagers. He was born and raised in Beirut, Lebanon.
Please give a warm welcome to … Amer Kaissi!
Amer Kaissi is an-award winning Professor of Healthcare Administration at Trinity University in Texas. He teaches Leadership and Public Speaking. He is also an executive coach and author. His first book “Intangibles: The Unexpected Traits of High-Performing Healthcare Leaders” won the 2019 Healthcare book of the year award. His most recent book is “Humbitious: the power of low-ego, high-drive leadership”, which was listed on the 2022 Book Award by the Association of University Programs in Healthcare Administration. He has been featured on the Harvard Business Review podcast and numerous other podcasts and media outlets. He lives in San Antonio with his wife and two teenagers.
In leadership, humility is not a weakness. It is actually a strength, and it can be a superpower when combined with ambition. Building on his experience as an executive coach, research from organizational and sport teams, and stories of successful (and not-so-successful) leaders in business & government, Amer shows why self-aware, appreciative, open-minded and ambitious leaders can lead their teams and organizations to high performance, and why self-centered ones can only have short-term success. He provides specific take-home behaviors for leaders to implement immediately and transform the way they lead.
The recent COVID pandemic has magnified the chronic stressors that leaders deal with, which inevitably result in burnout and chronic fatigue. Amer argues that leaders have the ability to influence and impact their team’s and organization’s resilience. But in order to do that, they have to build and maintain their own self-resilience first. Drawing on the latest research and compelling case studies, he shares a practical model of resilience focusing on the importance of realistic optimism; compassion; and gratitude on the one hand, and self-care behaviors such as short reflections; strategic breaks and realistic boundaries on the other.
Many people mistakenly believe that kindness doesn’t have a place at work, and they think that kind leaders & employees are weak, non-confrontational and non-accountable. Amer argues, based on research evidence and case studies, that when compassion and kindness are combined with strength and accountability, leaders can maximize their performance individually, for their teams and for their organizations. Supported by real-life examples, Amer shares specific take-home behaviors on applying kindness and accountability in everyday leadership situations.