Tom Rath

Tom Rath

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1975 - present

Tom Rath is a consultant and bestselling author who has spent the past two decades studying how work can improve human health and well-being. He has been described by business leaders and the media as one of the greatest thinkers and nonfiction writers of this generation, due to his studies in the role of human behavior in health, business and economics. As one of the most influential authors of the last decade, Tom's books have sold over 10 million copies and made hundreds of appearances on global bestseller lists. He is best known for his studies on strengths based leadership and wellbeing and synthesizing research findings in a series of bestselling books. Today, Tom is a Senior Scientist and Advisor at Gallup, a global analytics and advisory firm that helps leaders and organizations solve their most pressing problems. Previously, he led the organization’s strengths, employee engagement, wellbeing, and leadership consulting worldwide. Throughout his career, Tom has made an enormous contribution to helping people to build on their strengths and also take care of their health.

Professional Experience

Academic History


  • "How Full is Your Bucket?" was an instant #1 New York Times bestseller and led to a series of books that are used in classrooms worldwide.

  • "Strengthsfinder 2.0" is Amazon's top selling non-fiction book of all time.

  • Tom's other bestsellers include "Strengths Based Leadership", "Wellbeing", "Eat Move Sleep", and "Are You Fully Charged?".

  • He has also co-authored two illustrated books for children, How Full Is Your Bucket? for Kids and The Rechargeables. 


  • How Full Is Your Bucket? For Kids (2020)

  • Are You Fully Charged?: The 3 Keys to Energizing Your Work and Life (2015)

  • Life's Great Question: Discover How You Contribute To The World (2020)

  • Strengths Based Leadership: Great Leaders, Teams, and Why People Follow (2013)

  • Eat Move Sleep: How Small Choices Lead to Big Changes (2013)

  • How Full Is Your Bucket? Expanded Anniversary Edition (2013)

  • Wellbeing: The Five Essential Elements (2010)

  • Vital Friends: The People You Can't Afford to Live Without (2006)


  • Tom writes and speaks on a range of topics, from well-being to organizational leadership.

  • Tom has also been a regular lecturer at the University of Pennsylvania for several years.

  • He has spoken at large organizations and events around the world including Aetna, Aspen Institute, Bank of America, Cisco Systems, Genentech, Gilead, HP, KIPP, Institute for Corporate Productivity, Mercer, Nationwide, Qualcomm, Siemens, The Chair Academy, The Pentagon, UBS, U.S. Department of Treasury, 

  • He has spoken at numerous university, association, and corporate events.