Exeleon Magazine

Dean Hallett

Empowering Transformative Leadership

Dean Hallett

In a world filled with constant change and challenges, there are rare journeys that remind us of the power of leadership and the impact it can have on people, organizations, and even entire work cultures.

These journeys nestle into our hearts and minds; captivating us unlike anything else. They become vibrant threads that weave through the fabric of our existence, breathing life into our experiences, emotions, and aspirations.

Within these stories, we discover solace, inspiration, and a deeper understanding of ourselves and the world around us. And among the rich mosaic of leadership stories, one figure stands out: Dean Hallett, an LA-based transformational leader.

His unique journey delivers guideposts, encouraging us to tap into our hidden reserves of strength through creativity and to navigate the ever-changing tides of life with resilience.

As we delve into his narrative, we witness a multifaceted individual—a trainer, entrepreneur, high-performing executive, author, speaker, and more—who embodies the essence of inspiring leadership.

In fact, his journey resonates with the universal longing for purpose, growth, and meaningful connections. 

Breaking Walls, Building Bridges

For Dean, his introduction to coaching has been deeply transformative, exploring the why & how of what holds executives back.

As he reflects on his own past, Dean acknowledges that while his childhood wasn’t marked by adversity, he developed limiting beliefs that hindered his recognition of self-worth. His elder brother who bullied him instilled the belief that it was better to be seen and not heard, perhaps even better to be invisible.

With conviction, he asserts, “I constructed formidable walls and convinced myself that I could navigate life solely on the strength of my intellect. How mistaken I was!”

Fortune smiled upon him when he encountered emotional intelligence training in his early twenties. It was then that he realized the vast expanse of life he had been missing.

He reconnected with forgotten parts of himself, honing attributes that enabled him to bring out the best in those around him. The revelation of his personal power and the ability to create profound connections with people pushed him forward on his journey.

Once Dean tapped into the human connection he had been longing for, there was no turning back. While emotional intelligence training was the catalyst for self-discovery, his journey of growth has continued throughout his life.

As he ventured into the business world, he built upon his ability to connect with others, helping them unlock their full potential. “I created work environments that were based on trust and mutual respect, which in turn allowed me to build teams that truly thrived.”

While at 20th Century Fox, Dean launched and led accelerated leadership initiatives, and the studio went on to achieve eight record years in a row, and nine record years in a 10-year span.

The Transformative Power of Dean’s Coaching

Enter Hallett Leadership —a beacon of transformation in leadership development. Led by Dean, Hallett Leadership offers executive coaching and the highly acclaimed Accelerated Leadership Program (ALP).

Executive Coaching runs for typically six months with the focus on “expanding the executives’ self-awareness and developing leadership skills for building an engaged and aligned workforce.”

Here, by challenging limiting beliefs and behaviors, Dean helps these leaders uncover the underlying sources of their potential, encouraging a meaningful shift in their approach to leadership.

The ALP Program, on the other hand, offers a nine-month immersive experience for a cohort of up to 25 individuals who continue performing in their existing roles.

This program takes a holistic approach to leadership development, encouraging growth in individual leadership, team leadership, and overall organizational leadership.

From authentic leadership to maximizing profitability, from promoting trust and mutual respect to driving collaboration and high performance, the ALP Program equips leaders with a rich toolkit to thrive in today’s dynamic business landscape.

These transformative offerings provide individuals and organizations with the right tools and support needed to achieve exceptional levels of performance across all levels of the company.

Dean and his team have built a robust talent pipeline, shaping the most trusted leaders of tomorrow. In fact, he proudly highlights his company’s success in nurturing a bench of future leaders, as well as their track record of coaching senior executives to secure their first CEO positions.

At the heart of Hallett Leadership lies the belief that every individual, at any level of a company, has the power to create a lasting impact. 

Unveiling the Leadership Gap

Dean believes that many companies overlook the importance of investing in leadership development until it’s too late.

They assume that leadership skills either come innately or are acquired through osmosis. Surprisingly, research from Harvard Business Review reveals that the average age at which managers receive their first leadership training is at a staggering 42 years old, while they assume managerial roles at just 30 years old. This has left most managers fumbling in the dark for over a decade!

Dean shares that when individuals are encouraged to step into leadership positions, they often succumb to the belief that they must possess all the answers and project an image of flawlessness. Consequently, they hesitate to seek input and feedback, making uninformed decisions that stifle team engagement and creativity.

Moreover, as individuals ascend to lead teams, many remain fixated on their own performance, neglecting to share vital information with their colleagues. This act of withholding casts a shadow upon the team, thus derailing collective growth.

These disruptive behaviors are reflected in a Gallup Poll which found that 85% of the overall workforce is unengaged or actively disengaged, and many are actively subverting an organization’s efforts. Disengagement comes at a price: the annual US economic cost for disengaged and under-engaged employees exceeds $550 billion. Moreover, turnover increases 18% to 43% in low-engagement teams.

Empowered Leadership, Transformed Future

Dean has witnessed firsthand the powerful transformations that his coaching programs can unfold.

It is often the simplest moments that hold the greatest power. By offering feedback to address behaviors that disrupt team dynamics, relationships can undergo remarkable changes. These subtle shifts have a ripple effect, reshaping the culture of organizations as a whole.

Moreover, by investing in leadership development through Hallett Leadership, client companies embrace a culture of collaboration and alignment, resulting in engaged, high-performance teams that drive sustainable success. A recent study by LSA Global found that highly aligned companies increase revenue 58% faster than their less aligned peers and are 72% more profitable. How much money is your company leaving on the table?

In a nutshell, Dean’s offerings stand apart from the competition for two key reasons.

Firstly, the programs hold the philosophy of transformation close to their heart. It embraces the power of personal choice, empowering every individual to consciously present themselves as their best selves.

His coaching philosophy transcends superficial change, exploring core beliefs and behaviors that influence the actions of leaders.

Secondly, his decades of experience in the trenches set Hallett Leadership apart from other career academics and consultants.

With a successful 25-year tenure in the challenging entertainment industry, including leadership roles as CFO for two major studios, he brings real-world insights and “war stories” to the table.

This practical experience allows clients to grasp the tangible application of leadership in diverse circumstances, solidifying Hallett Leadership as a trusted partner in driving meaningful change.


The Limitless Road Ahead

As Hallett Leadership sets its gaze upon the future, the path ahead shines bright with promise. Word of mouth continues to spread about the transformational work he and his team deliver.

Executives who have gone through Hallett Leadership programs consistently express the tremendous value gained, not only in their professional lives but also in their personal relationships.

With a focus on conscious leadership and the ability to inspire greatness in others, Hallett Leadership is poised to revolutionize leadership development on a global scale.

Dean’s unshakable commitment to empowering leaders and creating high-performance cultures will shape the landscape of organizations for years to come.

With a future filled with limitless potential, Hallett Leadership is set to redefine the boundaries of what is possible in the world of leadership and workplace culture.

The Delicate Art of Work-Life

Dean’s influence extends far beyond coaching and leadership development.

As an entrepreneur, coach, speaker, and trainer, he leads a rich and multifaceted life driven by a deep passion for family, work, and personal pursuits.

Moreover, he has mastered the art of work-life balance, skillfully tending to each aspect with care and dedication.

By cherishing what truly matters, he finds fulfillment both in the warmth of personal connections and the accomplishments of his professional journey.