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Paul Batz

CEO & Founder

Goodness pays

Paul Batz is the founder and CEO of Good Leadership. With a focus on organizational effectiveness, Paul leads a team who works with leaders to create operational assurance – a culture of accountability, where the teams across the organization deliver the promises in the operating plan, so senior executives stay focused on making competitive moves to shape the market and attract the best talent. 

What makes Good Leadership special is their commitment to spread the idea: Goodness pays.


Paul describes himself as an informed optimist who role models the idea that “we” is greater than “me.” With the anchoring belief that “good leadership is a team sport,” Paul specializes in helping organizations let go of the risky “super-hero” leadership model which is counter-productive to working together. When clients learn to lead with goodness and embrace healthy tension, their teams get better results – faster, easier. Under his direction, Good Leadership is continually researching relevant subjects that affect teamwork and organizational effectiveness. In January of 2024, the firm launched groundbreaking research to identify the secrets for healthy accountability in the highly collaborative, teams-of-teams workplace culture most organizations have established today.

In The Community

Paul is also the creator and host of the Good Leadership Breakfast – the premier leadership development series in Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minnesota. He has hosted more than 100 episodes featuring research with more than 95 executive speakers.

A prolific author, Paul started Good Leadership Press in 2017, a publishing label which produces positive books and tools to help good leaders create great results in their personal and professional lives.  Paul is the author of six books, including his latest, Good Leadership Is a Team Sport, now in its second printing, published by Good Leadership Press.

Paul’s body of work includes:

• Coaching more than 200 senior executive leaders, and more than 30 CEOs and business owners

• Author of six books, including his latest, Good Leadership Is a Team Sport, now in its second printing

• Author of the weekly Good Leadership Blog and Friday CEO Insights

• More than 300 professional speeches

• Hogan Certified Practitioner for senior executive coaching

• Inventor of the Team Momentum Survey™ for formal and informal teams

• Creator of the Good Leadership Certification and Training programs

• Founder of the Good Leadership Breakfast Series, a consistently sold-out leadership development series in Minneapolis/St. Paul

Paul is a graduate of Gustavus Adolphus College, and a recipient of the Minneapolis St. Paul Business Journal “Unsung Hero of Corporate Philanthropy” Award.

Outside of work he is hopelessly addicted to golf, an Elton John wannabe piano player, a philanthropist, and he loves hosting dinner parties with his business partner/wife, Melinda, at their home in Bloomington, MN.