"To coach and train leaders to enjoy the journey, lead with confidence, become more decisive, and take on dirty issues through courageous leadership - all while taking care of their personal wellbeing" - Ron Ward

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About Ron


Ron Ward is the author of the Amazon top seller, The Dirty Side of Leadership. He is a speaker and founder and CEO of 4Ward Operations (Leadership Coaching).  He previously served as Safety and Training Division Chief and Academy Director of the Federal Probation and Pretrial Services Academy at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center (FLETC) in Charleston, South Carolina. In addition to these responsibilities, from 2102 to 2018, Ron oversaw the US Probation and Pretrial National Wellness Committee and is certified in Crisis Incident Stress Management.  As Academy Director, Ron was responsible for training all newly hired U.S. Probation and Pretrial Services Officers, and the certification and recertification of the agency's firearms, safety, and search team instructors. 

From August 2012 to September 2014, Ron served as Chair of the Federal Law Enforcement Training Accreditation Board of Directors (FLETA) for all major federal law enforcement agencies in the United States. 

Ron began his law enforcement career as a deputy sheriff and later became a state probation and parole officer and, finally, a U.S. Probation Officer, where he served for 14 years. Prior to being named Academy Director, Ron was a section chief and taught defensive tactics, firearms, non-lethal force applications, and several classroom courses at the academy. Ron is a former USA/AAU East Coast Karate Silver Medalist and qualified for the US Karate Team.  Ron holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Education from Emory and Henry College, Emory, Virginia, and a Master of Science Degree in Criminal Justice Administration from Mountain State University, Beckley, West Virginia