Nick Ripplinger

Nick Ripplinger


Front Line Leadership


My road in life has taken me all over.
Military- US Army.
Unemployed- with a baby on the way.
Student- "Because that is what people do."
Defense Contractor- First real job after the military.
MBA- It changed nothing for me like I thought it should have.
Defense Contractor- Climbing the corporate ladder.
Front Line Leadership- The book hit #1 on the Amazon Best Seller list.
Still trying to figure it all out- The journey never ends!
Keep following my journey


High School
Management Information Systems, General
DeVry University-Ohio
Business Administration and Management, General
DeVry University's Keller Graduate School of Management-Tennessee



I help others grow into stronger leaders.

Career Roadmap

My work combines:
My work combines:
Teaching / Mentoring

Day to Day

A great day at Front Line Leadership is a day of creating content. There are a lot of brain storming sessions to come up with better ways of providing leadership lessons. We know not everyone learns or processes information the same so we strive to find the best way to educate leaders. But the very best part is hearing success stories from one of our workshops, articles, videos, or books. There is no better feeling than receiving positive feedback!

Skills & Qualities Beyond School

Our work is all based off experiences. School is a nice thing to gain some experiences and to validate that you can learn but all of our work is based off real life experiences. You need a high level of emotional intelligence to process stories, events, and experiences from every angle to produce a quality product. You also have to be able to admit when you were wrong and the ability to laugh about it. Let's be honest... we all have made mistakes.

Advice for Getting Started

Here's the first step for high school students

Start learning and improving your "soft skills." These skills are lacking in every professional field and if you can communicate verbally and you are not afraid of public speaking you will go far no matter what you chose to do in life. These skills will help you in every aspect in life such as relationships, negotiations, and networking. Also, never give up on learning! Read everything you can on a topic that you are interested in and seek mentors.

Recommended Education

My career is not related to what I studied. I'd recommend this path instead:

Communication, General
Organizational Leadership


The Noise I Shed

From Parents:

"You have to go to school because that is what people who want to be successful do."

Challenges I Overcame

Physical Issues