Expand Your Leadership Horizons with
Patrick R. Powaser, PhD

Your Guide to Growing Your Leadership Faster

Meet Pat

Pat began his career in corporate America, working with several FORTUNE 500® companies. Early on, he found people coming to him often for one-off answers to problems. But Pat soon realized that what his peers really needed was to learn how to dig deeper to find the long-term, sustainable, and impactful solutions they were looking for.


As he progressed in his career, Pat discovered that becoming an effective leader requires asking the right questions to find the best answers. He committed himself to leveraging the power of the question to strengthen leaders.


Pat’s curiosity and inquisitiveness has enabled him to work with companies across industries and around the globe, developing successful leaders through his coaching and consulting. He’s passionate about the ways in which developing strong leaders creates an impact that reverberates through organizations, communities, countries, and beyond.


Pat earned his Ph.D. in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from Iowa State University and is a Licensed I/O Psychologist.

In Pat’s office sits a
globe and a compass

Each in his family for at least three generations, they are symbolic of his work around the world, his focus on curiosity, and his unwavering dedication to helping others find direction on their leadership journeys. 

Pat founded Gradient Coaching & Consulting to help leaders like you discover practical solutions to complex problems.

The Gradient Difference

Pat Powaser is a coach with a unique blend of real-life, corporate experience and deep expertise in human behavior, psychology, and organizational culture.

  • A Long Career in Leadership and Organizational Development

    Pat began his career improving FORTUNE 500® corporations like Frito Lay, The Limited, Bank of America, and Occidental Petroleum. He consults with commercial real estate, health care, airline, engineering, financial, nonprofit, and healthcare industries, and the U.S. Military. Pat’s work has taken him across North and South America, North Africa, Europe, the Middle East, and the Pacific Rim. As a result, he rapidly adapts to new industries and cultures. He considers different perspectives and problems across environments, cultures, traditions, and industries. Pat partners with you to approach your challenges with a perspective of curiosity versus authority.

  • Research-Backed Expertise

    Unlike many leadership coaches, Pat has corporate-world experience and expertise in workplace behavior. With a Ph.D. in industrial and organizational psychology, Pat builds his coaching on evidence-based practices and the latest research. He applies his knowledge of human behavior to self-development, leading teams, and putting solutions into practice. By understanding the science behind human behavior and emotion, Pat gives you insights into the complexities of leading others and driving greater results. Pat holds a Ph.D. in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from Iowa State University and is a Licensed I/O Psychologist in Texas (#30576) and Hawaii (PSYI-7).

  • A Trusted Coach and Advisor

    Pat has been a trusted partner for executives and leadership teams for years. He’s led large-scale initiatives to re-energize businesses and helped align departments, divisions, and companies. He’s accelerated the development of employees who’ve risen to CEO, COO, and top military roles. Pat is passionate about helping leaders achieve goals they didn’t think possible, getting results more quickly. Outside his corporate roles, Pat has helped local governments, schools, and community groups work more efficiently and with greater impact. For over a dozen years, he’s mentored U.S. Military veterans to ease their transition to civilian jobs. Pat has taught at Iowa State University, San Francisco State University, the University of Phoenix, and the University of Houston-Downtown.

Let’s Accelerate Your Growth Curve

“Pat has a repertoire of charts, studies, and infographics to help communicate an idea, process or theory. He’s like the winningest football coach who is able to pick the perfect play for any situation. My only regret is that I wish that I’d found him sooner.”

Joseph Uno, President & Principal Estimator
J. Uno & Associates

Choose the right leadership coach, and you will see a return on your investment.

You want a coach like Pat, who:

Speaks from actual corporate experience

Understands the complexities of human behavior and works off solid, research-based information

Makes real-world application part of the discussion

Has a global business and cultural perspective

Works towards long-term, sustainable transformation

Respects you as an individual deserving personalized guidance based on your needs and position

“Pat has coupled strong technical expertise with effective client partnering to create business impact.”

Nancy Jagmin, Ph.D, VP HR (retired)

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