About Thomas Smith

The 2017 International Book Awards have been announced and “Dream Leaders” has been honored as a Finalist in the Anthologies: Non-Fiction category.

Thomas Smith

  • Author, Dream Leaders
  • Author, Living Leadership
  • Author, Shades of Leadership
  • Expert on Outstanding Leadership and Management Practices

Thomas Smith is considered a leading authority on organizational structure and the practices of leading and managing.   After graduating with degrees in economics and management, Mr. Smith went to work for the U.S. government, where he became a senior executive.   He completed graduate degrees in administration and executive leadership. In addition, after more than twenty five years in public service, Smith earned a graduate Certificate in Non-Profit Management at the University of Pennsylvania’s College of Liberal and Professional Studies.

About Thomas Smith

Six-Time International and National Award-Winning Author, Thomas Smith’s dedication, leadership and passion are shown in his thirty plus years of community involvement. He has leadership experience in civic, social, and community organizations and local, state, and federal government. Thomas has built a deserved reputation as a thought leader and visionary regarding organizational development. He earned undergraduate degrees in economics and business management and graduate degrees in administration and executive leadership. In addition, after more than twenty five years in public service, Smith earned a graduate Certificate in Non-Profit Management at the University of Pennsylvania’s College of Liberal and Professional Studies.

Thomas has been recognized for demonstrating humanitarian service at its highest level. He has shown a generosity of spirit and has selflessly dedicated his time to serving others less fortunate while making a significant humanitarian contribution of volunteer leadership that benefits the lives of others and the welfare of humanity. Thomas has had a lasting imprint on his community by promoting universal rights at home by his leadership and volunteerism and received the 2015 Palm Springs Human Rights Commission Community Service Award. He was honored at the prestigious Palm Springs Pride Honors as 2014 Community Grand Marshal recognizing his positive and lasting impact in the region. In 2014, he received the Presidential “Call to Service” Lifetime Achievement Award, national recognition for demonstrating a commitment to volunteerism.

An author widely published in print and on-line, Thomas was honored as an award winning author in the International Book Awards for 2017, 2015, 2014, and 2013 and the USA Best Book Awards for 2014 and 2013. Thomas created a popular leadership forum online as a resource for leaders worldwide and was Chair and Board member for a national leadership conference. Thomas enjoys travel and has visited all fifty states, and many locations in Europe, Asia, Australia, and Latin American islands and Canadian and Mexican cities. His travels have allowed him to learn more about cultures, the politics, and customs of others throughout the world.

As President of the Rotary Club of Palm Springs, CA for 2014-2015, Thomas received the District 5330 Club President of the Year Award. For 2016 -2018, he is Assistant Governor. During 2015-2016, he was the District International Service Chair. He is a Trustee for the Palm Springs Rotary Club Foundation, a Rotary International multiple Paul Harris Fellow, Benefactor, and member of the Bequest Society. Thomas completed the Rotary Leadership Institute for southern California in 2013 and has been a facilitator for leadership, club communication, and public image topics. A Rotary Foundation Alumni, he traveled to southern India in 2014 to provide education and literacy training. He is a member of the Cadre of Technical Advisers, audit and area of focus economic and community development, for the Rotary Foundation of Rotary International.

Dream Leaders

Alternate Publishing
ISBN-13: 978-1544773803
ISBN-10: 1544773803
BISAC: Business & Economics / Leadership



**The 2017 International Book Awards have been announced and “Dream Leaders” has been honored as a Finalist in the Anthologies: Non-Fiction category.**


DREAM LEADERS: Insights on Community Service and Leadership is a collection of provocative essays by Thomas Smith. Smith has a unique voice to his publication, the voice of experience. Smith has been there, done that, and has the scars to prove it. “Dream Leaders” shares practical and effective advice for improving leadership skills and performance. Everyone can find unexpected fulfillment in impacting or transforming the most important issues in their communities. This book will help to overcome fear and doubt to incorporating leadership into your life and help you to create more engaging community service. You will be amazed at the rewards that come from finding solutions to community problems by being a better community service leader. This book provides inspiration for social activists and change makers and helps you to foster a reputation of being an exceptional leader. This anthology helps to improve community service organizations that change the world, underscoring that one leader can make a difference. The essays provide examples and a rounded study about community service and those who lead their communities. It will help you to have an impact and improve the lives of those around you as well as yourself. “Dream Leaders” shows you how to become an exceptional leader in community service.


Purchase at: https://www.amazon.com/dp/1544773803/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1495530177&sr=1-1&keywords=dream+leaders+by+thomas+smith

Berea College Graduate Wins Award

Living Leadership

**”Living Leadership” has been selected as Award-Winning Finalist in the Business: Career category of the 2015 International Book Awards and the Business: Motivational category of the 2014 USA Best Book Awards!**

Alternate Publishing
ISBN-13: 978-0692249659
ISBN-10: 0692249656
BISAC: Business & Economics / Leadership

Leadership is an action, not a position! Forget what you’ve heard: leaders are made, not born. “Living Leadership” is a career oriented book that is informative, fun, and engaging that provides new insights into being better leaders. This motivating book offers practical advice on everything from visionary and sustainable leadership to learning from mistakes and building credibility. After many years in a leadership role in the federal government and community organizations, the author shares lessons learned and practical tips so that the reader is able to become a better leader. This book provides innovative and useful information about living leadership and the skills needed to be capable of bringing about positive change to address the challenges facing your organization. It is especially relevant for business people interested in career building, business entrepreneurs and emerging leaders to improve individual skills and knowledge, and those who desire to work successfully in community groups and non-profits. This book provides a host of benefits for those who wish to occupy positions of leadership and develop into more relaxed, empathetic, and well-rounded people. “Living Leadership” will inform and inspire the reader to be a better leader.

PURCHASE at: http://www.amazon.com/Living-Leadership-Thomas-Smith/dp/0692249656/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1412243903&sr=1-1&keywords=living+leadership+by+thomas+smith

Shades of Leadership

Cover for 'Shades of Leadership'


By Thomas Smith
Published by: Alternate Publishing / Createspace
Language: English
ISBN: 9781301175352

Short description

“Shades of Leadership” is a collection of provocative essays. “Shades of Leadership” has been honored as a Finalist for the 2013 USA Book News Awards. Written with the idea for leaders to help leaders, this book takes an unorthodox look at leadership. Inside perspective and practical tips are delivered and based on years of leadership experience in civic, social, and community organizations and local, state and federal government.

“Leaders are not born that way…they are developed through their experiences and their internal work. What good is an opinion where you don’t have a responsibility? Leadership is practiced in attitude and actions … and results in inspiring achievement. Don’t take yourself too seriously but do take your work seriously.” –Thomas Smith

Purchase at: http://www.amazon.com/SHADES-LEADERSHIP-Thomas-Smith/dp/1481115804/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1419785434&sr=8-1&keywords=shades+of+leadership+by+thomas+smith


Jessica James Civil War novel a finalist in USA BEST BOOK AWARDS

LIVING LEADERSHIP was a Finalist in the 2014 USA BEST BOOK AWARDS contest in the Business: Motivational category!

SHADES OF LEADERSHIP was a Finalist in the 2013 USA BEST BOOK AWARDS contest in the Business: Careers category!

Jeffrey Keen, President and CEO of USA Book News, said this year’s contest yielded more than 2,000 entries from mainstream and independent publishers.

Major publishing houses that participated include St. Martin’s Press, Random House, Simon & Schuster, Penguin, John Wiley & Sons, Farrar, Straus and Giroux, Hay House, and Llewellyn Worldwide.


Thomas Smith is always interested in discussing opportunities to speak to community service organizations, schools, and other interested groups about leadership.  Here are some recent testimonials:

*”His sincere, unforgettable and unstoppable enthusiasm inspires people to move into action.

* “Congratulations on your presentation. Your program was both informative and fun. It was well received by all who attended and we did have a full house. Sending a “high five” your way.”

* “Your presentation was great. Your are a very good speaker. There were lots of questions and that is a sign that people were interested.

* “Great job today. I love your enthusiasm!!!

* “A GREAT presentation. I wish that I could have gone too, but your presentation made it almost seem that I was there.”

* “The presentation was insightful and motivating! Your workshop on leadership helps others to reassess their own leadership style, discover how to make real connections with people, and how to become an effective leader who makes things happen.”

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