About Us

Founder and President

Fredrick A. Russell

Fredrick Russell is a professional coach—not for athletes, but for executives, businesswomen and businessmen—leaders.

He designs and facilitates leadership and management development programs, teaches interpersonal skills, develops cohesive teams, works as an executive coach, delivers keynote speeches and consults on leadership development for organizations of all types and sizes.

He founded the True North Leadership Group in 2005 to foster responsible, character-driven leadership and help others understand its critical role in strengthening families, businesses and communities. Fredrick’s intense interest in leadership grew out of many years of leading various organizations and being intentional about developing the leaders around him.

Fredrick has served for over 20 years on a number of community-based boards, university trustee boards, publishing company boards and Health Systems Boards. He has developed leaders on every continent except one (Antarctica), which has given him a cultural competency to interface with leaders across the globe.

Fredrick has a Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Theology from Oakwood University, and a Masters of Science in Organizational Leadership and Management (MS) from National Louis University. He is a certified instructor in leading organizational transitions, an International Coaching Federation Credentialled Coach (ACC), a certified administrator for 360 degree leadership assessments from managers to C-suite executives, an SLII certified facilitator, a certified Everything DiSC trainer, a certified facilitator in the Five Behaviors of a Cohesive Team, certified in FIRO B (Fundamental Interpersonal Relations Orientation-Behavior), a Certified Polarity Practioner, a Diversity and Inclusion Specialist, a Prosci Certified Change Practitioner, and a Certified Professional Coach.

He is a faculty member for the College of Executive Coaching, and is currently writing a book on leadership. Through his writings, leadership coaching, leadership development and making strategic “deposits” in leaders, he embraces a passion and purpose for influencing influencers to be character-driven leaders—which impacts beyond the bottom line.