Johannes Flecker

“Johannes perfectly combines a background in management consulting with the soulfulness of a musician to creating something wholly different and unique.”

/ Panos A. Panay . VP Strategy & Innovation . Berklee College of Music /

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As the founding managing director of Sound Leadership, a New York-based creative leadership consultancy, I enable teams and leaders to foster creativity, entrepreneurship, agile leadership, employee engagement and leadership capabilities in their organizations.


”to say it went deep would be a substantial understatement.”

/ Entrepreneurs’ Organization /



Dr. Johannes Flecker is a management advisor and entrepreneur. He is the founder of Sound Leadership, a New York-based creative leadership consultancy. Johannes has been hired to work for clients including Boston Consulting Group, Evonik Chemicals, Fidelity Investments, Babson Executive Education, and Swiss Economic Forum. He earned a business Ph.D. and he is summa cum laude graduate from Berklee College of Music.

With a deep understanding of systemic management and a decade of experience in management consulting, he leads complex agile change, leadership development and digital transformation projects for Fortune 200 companies in the US, Europe and Asia. He is a faculty member at the Applied Innovation Institute, he is part of the leadership team of Goeman Bind HTO policy think-tank, advisory board at Kaden Boriss Global Law and he was adjunct professor for marketing at the University of Graz, Austria. 

As an experienced keynote speaker, Johannes speaks at conferences globally such as the Swiss Innovation Forum, the American Marketing Association and the Open Innovation Summit. He is author of books and articles about music, brand management, leadership and storytelling. For his work, Johannes received awards by the American Marketing Association and the Austrian Academy for Sciences. 

Born and raised in a family of musicians in Austria, Johannes has lived and worked in Switzerland, France, Spain and India. He lives in New York with his partner.

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 Photo credits: Bill McCormack


You converted the non-believers into understanding.”



Select Clients

The Boston Consulting Group / Fidelity Investments / Swiss Innovation Forum / IE Brown Executive MBA / Babson Executive Education / Swiss Economic Forum / Texas Open Innovation Forum / Evonik Chemicals / Boston Design Museum / Stockholm School of Economics / University of St. Gallen / DZ Bank / Berklee Brown Entrepreneurship Program / Berklee College of Music / Delhivery Logistics / Hollister Staffing / Ivy League Summer Institute at Harvard / High Five Marketing Conference / BOSCONN Innovation Conference / International Interior Design Association / University of Liverpool / German Scholars Organization / Vifor Pharma / The Philanthropy Connection / Capital Network / Miele / Open Innovation Summit London / University of Southern California / Spark Leadership / Visit University / GPI Japan


“It was a super cool session. It encourages to reflect your own situation a provides a new perspective.”

/ Daniel Meier . Founder & CEO . Aerotain /

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