Dennis Austin
Leadership • Strategy • Human Resources

Professional Experience

Denny Austin is a senior consultant and educator specializing in leadership, organizational and human capital development for public, private and non-profit organizations. His experience includes team and leadership development, competency modeling, proficiency mapping, 360 assessments and coaching, as well as training needs analysis, courseware development and course delivery. Mr. Austin has worked with aspiring and emerging leaders for more than 20 years as well as with tenured managers and senior executives to develop leadership competencies in alignment with the US Office of Personnel Management ’s Executive Core Qualifications (ECQ’s). He is certified by the Center for Creative Leadership in all of their 360 assessment products and is qualified to deliver other tools including the Workplace Big 5 FIRO-b, FIRO-business, MBTI, the DISC, the Inscape “Team Dimensions” profile, the Lominger “Leadership Architect” competency model and the Phillips ROI model among others.


  • MS, Human Resource Management
    American University

Research, Presentations, and Publications

  • “Competency-based Management Development in a High Technology Consultancy”, Dennis L. Austin, The American University, 2002
  • “Developing Leadership Competencies - a diagnostic approach to career development”, Dennis L. Austin, Transition Fitness LLC, 2004
  • “Excellent Science - Well Managed and Led (Balancing Management, Leadership and Science at USGS)” - Dennis Austin et al, 2004, for the United States Geological Survey
  • “Transition Resilience - Compassion Fatigue for the Rest of Us” - Dennis Austin, Transition Fitness, LCC, 2004
  • Risk and Error – An analytical presentation on the implication of Type 1 and Type 2 errors in business decisions
  • From Feedback to Learning Organization – An overview presentation on the strategic impact of communications
  • The Transition Resilient Enterprise – An overview presentation on the levels of strategic alignment needed to implement sustainable change
  • The DNA of Leadership - a 10-part training series on leadership, management and change for supervisors, managers and executives
  • Dimensions of Leadership - a seminar on situational leadership needs and individual leadership styles based on Inscape’s Dimensions of Leadership Profile
  • Innovative Teamwork - a seminar on teamwork roles and styles based on Inscape’s Innovate with C.A.R.E Profile
  • Elements of Performance Based Contracting – An overview presentation for OPM/TMA staff and management introducing the concept of Performance-Based Acquisition and its applicability to the TMA vehicle
  • Acts of Today’s Apostles - a Spiritual Dimension to Contemporary Practices – a three-part seminar series for current and emerging leaders in a Christian church
  • Compassion Fatigue and Personal Transition Resilience - an overview presentation
  • Elements of Consulting Sales - an overview presentation for non-sales professionals


  • University of Colorado Boulder
  • The Catholic University of America
  • Securities and Exchange Commission University