About Us

Our vision is simple: to create vibrant leaders who enjoy balanced lives marked by personal health… and sustained contribution.

The Institute for Leadership Fitness (formerly David Chinsky & Associates) was founded in 2002 by Dr. David Chinsky following a successful 25-year career as an accomplished and effective leader.

The Institute is the culmination of Dr. Chinsky’s inquiry into a common yet profound business dilemma: “How can leaders produce consistent, excellent results – and not experience burn out?

While excellence derives from three factors – Clarity, Confidence, and Effectiveness – Dr. Chinsky observed they do not guarantee stability and can be likened to a 3-legged stool. Sustained contribution requires a fourth stabilizing factor: Vitality – fostered by positive habits and rejuvenation that ensure peak performance.

The result is the Fit Leader’s Program™ launched in 2008. The Program integrates all four factors necessary for leaders to achieve their highest level of professional effectiveness and leadership fitness. The Program is customized for delivery in major organizations, and also made available to individual aspiring leaders through open enrollment Programs in major cities around the world.

Dr. Chinsky spearheaded the launch of the Fit Leader’s Program and set the Institute’s goal for the next decade: to train 10,000 Fit Leaders by 2020.

The Institute is dedicated to offering fresh and innovative approaches to learning in the workplace. We are committed to continually improving and renewing our knowledge base and our service capabilities to help sustain leaders today and in the future.

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Meet the Founder: Dr. David Chinsky

Drawing on more than 25 years of success in leadership and management, Dr. David Chinsky has been in high demand to mentor, train, and coach over 1,000 leaders, managers and owners of companies. As popularity of his Fit Leader’s Program continues to widen, the Institute for Leadership Fitness is poised to attain its goal to train 10,000 Fit Leaders by 2020.

David Chinsky is an executive coach and leadership advisor who has delivered professional coaching and leadership development workshops to over 200 companies and organizations. He brings his unique insights into leadership, change management and teamwork to a diversified group of individuals and teams.

Dr. Chinsky is the Founder of the Institute for Leadership Fitness, author of The Fit Leader’s Companion, and creator of the Fit Leader’s Program™ and Fit Leaders Academy, leadership development experiences that prepare high potential leaders for careers marked by personal health and sustained contribution.

The foundation for his work arose from the insights he gained during his own executive experience that cuts across all aspects of organizational life: from product development to customer service; from operations to human resources. For over a quarter century he played a role in the inner workings at companies that include Trinity Health, Ford Motor Company, Nestle and Thomson Reuters.

Working side by side with senior leaders, Dr. Chinsky moves them toward their highest level of professional effectiveness and leadership fitness. More importantly, they learn how to make their contributions sustainable, and then spread those traits to those they influence.


  • University of Michigan – BA in Political Science
  • University of Michigan – DrPH in Health Policy
  • Keller Graduate School of Management – MBA in Accounting & Marketing
  • University of Illinois – MS in Public Health Sciences
  • University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School – Certificate in Strategic Planning
  • University of Michigan – Human Resource Executive Program


  • Certified Leadership Fitness Coach™ – Institute for Leadership Fitness
  • Certified Professional Co-Active Coach – Coaches Training Institute
  • Professional Certified Coach – International Coach Federation
  • Certified ChangeWorks Professional – Tension Management Institute
  • Certified Physician Development Coach – Physician Coaching Institute
  • Certified Speaking Professional – National Speakers Association

Affiliations & Memberships

  • International Leadership Association
  • International Coach Federation
  • International Consortium of Coaching in Organizations
  • National Speakers Association
  • American College of Healthcare Executives

Meet Our Team: Certified Leadership Fitness Coaches

Susan Combs Susan Combs brings more than 18 years of experience developing high-impact programs in the business and non-profit arenas. Susan spent several years at the Michigan Chamber of Commerce where she transformed the Leadership Michigan program working with over 100 leaders.

Based in Lansing, Michigan, Susan has a Bachelor’s degree from Miami University in Ohio and an MBA from Western Michigan University. Susan received her coach training from the Coaches Training Institute and holds the Associate Certified Coach (ACC) credential from the International Coach Federation.

Ross Woodstock Ross Woodstock brings nearly four decades of experience in management and consulting, and is widely known as an innovative leader, creative problem solver and an inspiring communicator.  Prior to joining Kolt Communications in 2003, Ross had a distinguished 27-year career in radio and television, including ten years as president and general manager of WLNS-TV, which is the CBS affiliate in Lansing, Michigan.

Based in Okemos, Michigan, Ross has a master’s degree in Management and Administrative Services from the University of Texas at Dallas, and a bachelor’s degree in Management of Human Resources from Spring Arbor College. Ross also holds the Associate Certified Coach (ACC) credential from the International Coach Federation.