Enrique J. Zaldivar

Enrique J. Zaldivar

Managing Partner


Enrique J. Zaldivar is founding partner, Inspired-Inc., professor of leadership and organization development at American University, and author of Your Unique Cultural Lens: A guide to cultural competence, published in 2020.

He is convinced that effective leaders create culturally appropriate conditions for organizational success that produce results as well as sustainable, effective and rewarding workplaces.  His results-based approach to consulting and coaching (called Inspired Leading) emphasizes harnessing the creative energy between being authentic and accountable.

Enrique has worked with over 10,000 leaders in 50 countries and individually coached over 1,000 executives/managers.  He lives in the Washington, D.C., area, practices Qigong and meditation daily; enjoys tennis, hiking, reading and painting oil canvases.  He is proud of his two mechanical engineer sons, his daughter in law and baby granddaughter.

He has forty years of leadership experience with P&L responsibilities and has directly added value to thousands of executives and managers in Fortune-500 multinationals, midsize companies, non-profit orgs, supra-nationals and governments.  (See: Authenticity & Accountability: Key to an Appreciative Stance to Adaptable Leadership, published in 2014 by the International Journal of Appreciative Inquiry: The AI Practitioner.)

A “renaissance man”, Enrique has excelled in a number of professions — consultant, coach, author, executive, financier, civil engineer, university professor, and retail storeowner. He has been a natural leader in many sectors and roles, knows the pressures placed on executives and skillfully guides them in a process of discovery, prioritization and action. He helps sophisticated leaders navigate complex systems toward greater impact. Thousands of clients, including CEOs and other C-level executives, leaders in the arts, elected leaders and mid-level managers, consistently commend his ability to enable them to make sense of conflicting data and create strategies that have a positive long-term impact on them and on their organizations. He has helped clients with integrated and sustainable change-efforts, leadership development, organizational effectiveness and record profitability increases.

In 2001, Enrique co-founded Inspired-Inc., an international leadership and organization development firm, dedicated to helping leaders and organizations manage change, deliver results and create effective and sustainable futures.  Previously, he served as Chief of Risk Management at the Inter-American Development Bank, where he worked skillfully with other executives, board members, high-level government officials from Europe, Asia and the Americas, and staff to implement a profound change in the Bank’s approach to financial risk management.  Earlier in his career, as a civil engineer, he managed the construction of about one hundred new buildings in Mexico.  As a young man, he managed his family’s business, Zaldivar, S.A. (a small retail chain) in Mexico City, reaching same-store yearly average revenue growth during a severe economic downturn, while achieving double digit annual profitability growth.

Enrique teaches the courses Global Diversity & Cultural Capacity, and International OD Consultation, at American University’s M.S. program in OD in Washington, DC.  He has also taught at the School of Psychology at Universidad Iberoamericana, as well as the Engineering Schools of LaSalle University and Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM), in Mexico City.

Enrique received a: BS in Civil Engineering from La Salle University in Mexico City, MS in Operations Research and PD in Management Science & Finance, both from George Washington University, and Certificate in Leadership Coaching from Georgetown University.  He is also certified to administer several 360 and psychometric instruments.

Photo by Jacques Domenge