“Some people choose a vocation. For others, it seems like the vocation chooses them. Tim Spiker falls into the latter category. You cannot separate what Tim does from who Tim is. Somehow, someway, the truth of healthy, effective leadership became wrapped around Tim’s heart and never let go. He works tenaciously to discover the essence of real leadership and then submits himself as client #1 to living into what he’s found. This kind of authenticity is rare and powerful.”

— John Ott
Former President of Guided Capital and Founder of Lead F1


Tim Spiker

As founder of The Aperio, Tim has been passionately investigating leadership effectiveness since 1999. Highlights from Tim’s career, résumé, and life include:

  • Created and led multi-year leadership development journeys for executive teams in North America, Australia, and Asia.

  • Author of The Only Leaders Worth Following set to be released in 2019.

  • Personally provided leadership development feedback to more than 100 executives of companies whose collective revenues exceed $6 billion USD annually.

  • Led the development and execution of multiple multi-day culture and leader development experiences, each representing an investment of more than $1 million USD.

  • Has served in a variety of roles related to leadership and culture development including keynote speaker, one-on-one coach, small group facilitator, researcher, organizational development adviser, leader development experience creator, and in-house leadership development manager.

  • Holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering and a Master of Business Administration degree with an emphasis in Organizational Behavior and Marketing, both from Washington University in St. Louis.

  • Post-graduate education includes training in Six Sigma, Myers-Briggs Type Indicator, Highlands Ability Battery, Immunity to Change, Harvard Business School case methodology, and 360 degree leadership assessments.

  • Holds an extensive background in collegiate athletics. Grew up in the training room of a successful Division I football program (West Virginia University) where his father was medical staff for 40 years. He played basketball collegiately for two perennially successful college programs: the first being the all-time leader in Big Ten championships (Purdue University), and the other a Division III program with a current string of consecutive winning seasons dating back to 1984 (Washington University in St. Louis). Finally, Tim’s brother is the head men’s basketball coach at Drexel University and was formerly in that same role at the United States Military Academy (West Point).

  • Lives in Atlanta, Georgia in the United States with his wife and four children.


A Note From Tim

Let me start by saying thank you for visiting The Aperio web site. Thank you for taking the time to get to know us.

Some time ago, through no effort of my own, my heart was awakened to a passionate work, a calling . . . leadership.

Since then, I’ve been blessed with innumerable opportunities to learn, grow, and share. My enthusiasm and interest in leadership was born in 1999. I’ve traveled thousands upon thousands of miles interviewing and coaching leaders. I’ve had the good fortune of having a front row seat to some amazing leadership research. And I’ve had the privilege of sharing my leadership learnings and observations in both private and public forums. Through the years of this work, with all of its data, examples, debates, books, and blogs, my passion for leadership has only grown.

One of the great joys of this work is the opportunity to partner with supremely talented and smart leader development professionals. As the saying goes, two heads are, indeed, better than one. And I’ve found that 10 are better than two as well. Our clients benefit from the close connections shared by those who work under The Aperio banner. From all over the United States, we come together to assist our clients by matching the right professionals with right organizations and individuals.

On a personal note, I would be remiss to say leadership is the only topic that gets my attention. I have a background in collegiate athletics and love what is best about that very unique world. I am blessed to have a beautiful wife who is a true partner with me in the fight to have a great marriage. I have two sons and two daughters who give me the privilege of playing one of the greatest leadership roles I could ever hope to have, that of being a father. And I have a faith that, because of its object, provides direction and security in life.