Rick Bommelje, Ed.D.“It is a privilege to have the opportunity to learn with the Rollins MBA leaders. As the Japanese proverb says, ‘To teach is to Learn’ — and teaching at Rollins significantly accelerates my own leadership learning curve.”
Rick Bommelje has over 30 years of professional experience in leadership, management, and adult education. Rick is a faculty member in the Department of Communication at Rollins College. He is a past President of the International Listening Association. With a Master’s Degree in Management and a Doctorate in Educational Administration, and advanced leadership study at Harvard University and Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management, he specializes in the development of listening and leadership behaviors. Many refer to him as the “Listening Doctor,” although he calls himself the “Listening Student.”
Rick has been serving professionals in organizations in the areas of leadership and communication development since 1977. Over the years, his courses, seminars, and workshops have benefited thousands of leaders from an impressive list of organizations worldwide including: Dimension Data Inc., Olive Garden Italian Restaurant, Dow Jones & Company, Orange County Public Schools, Whirlpool Corp., Siemens Shared Services, Walt Disney World, AT&T, U.S. Army, Lockheed Martin, Certified Slings Inc., Lake County Schools, Coca Cola Bottling Company, Lynx, Department of Defense, Hong Kong Broadband Network, Western Digital, Marriott Corp., Tupperware, Northrop Grumman, and many others.
The appeal and effectiveness of Rick’s programs are found in his practical and "real world" approach to education and development. His informal delivery style focuses on practical and substantive content that offers participants immediate and measurable benefits. In 2011, he was inducted into the International Listening Association’s “Listening Hall of Fame.” Dr. Bommelje and Dr. Lyman Steil have authored the pioneering book, Listening Leaders: The Ten Golden Rules to Listen, Lead, and Succeed. In 2012, he was selected as one of the top 300 college professors in the nation by The Princeton Review in the book, The Best 300 Professors in the U.S. Rick's latest book is, Listening Pays: Achieve Significance through the Power of Listening, which was published in 2013.
Listening, Leadership, Management
BS, Rollins College
MS, Rollins College
Ed.D., University of Central Florida
Office Phone: 407-646-2625
Office Location: Fairbanks Building, Rm. 205