Dr. Leon Lessinger

culture / learning and development / philosophy of leadership

Some careers fall directly into the category "Outlandish but True." That was definitely the case for Leon Lessinger as he moved from being a machinist to a member of the Army Special Engineer Detachment working on the Manhattan Project at Los Alamos (yes, that one) to, ultimately, the holder of endowed chairs at three different universities.

How else to grasp in a sentence such a variety of employment and life experiences as the list that follows:

  • Machinist
  • Mechanical Engineer
  • Military Service including the Army's Special Engineer Detachment on the Manhattan Project at Los Alamos
  • Public School Teacher of Mathematics
  • University Professor
  • Chief Research Consultant for the California Legislative Study of the Gifted
  • School Principal
  • Superintendent of three school districts in California - from Silicon Valley to Beverly Hills
  • Selected by President Lyndon B. Johnson as Associate United States Commissioner of Elementary and Secondary Education in the United States Department of Education in Washington, D.C.
  • Holder of three endowed chairs - the University of Southern California, Georgia State University in Atlanta, University of North Florida
  • Dean of the College of Education of the University of South Carolina
  • Clinical Professor of Medicine selected by the UCLA Medical Faculty...

...and that's just the overview.

Now, in his ninth decade, Leon sees and shares his patterns of ideas and insights that have emerged from his many seminal experiences and have given him the kind of wisdom - so rarely found or shared - that helps people make better life choices. As he says, it all takes place "In that Space..." between stimulus and response - which is our special human "gift" of our potential for mindfulness.