Pat Hatley BW suit croppedAbout Patricia Hatley

With over 40 years experience leading teams in corporate and non-profit environments, Patricia Hatley has a passion for helping people succeed. She is a speaker, teacher focusing on new-age leadership development, leadership researcher and author. She is currently serving as an Independent Contractor for Community Colleges developing and delivering leadership training to business and industry.

She has a Master’s of Science in Strategic Leadership (transformational leadership in a shifting world), a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, studied communications, and has been coached by numerous journalists, authors and educators, as well as completing many leadership programs. A former journalist, lobbyist, and public affairs specialist, she has served in a host of leadership roles spanning her career.

Patricia has a passion for new-age leadership that aspires to all:

  • She is a speaker—5 generations, understanding and engaging; developing empowered, collaborative, innovative cultures and teams; leading across digital platforms; new-age leadership; servant leadership.
  • Coach/mentor— leading an intergenerational work force
  • Develops and conducts workshops and seminars on leadership development within any organization, including community development
  • Intergenerational pro with over six years of research and continues
  • Training modules—Develops self-help training modules available online at Resources to empower people to empower others.

Her books and online training modules:

  • 4 Generations @ Work: Leading From Conflict to Collaboration – Her first book, published in 2012 provides insight on generational preferences and values, resulting workplace implications, and recommendations to create high performing cultures and teams—in any organization. Her research, conducted within a Fortune 500 company and across all industries, spans six years and continues today.
  • Three Things All People Want (Published 2014), reveals how to improve relationships with anyone, maximize people potential and inspire high engagement by tapping into three basic human needs that “all” people want. It is available at
  • Digital Grenades: Explosive and Corrosive – (Published 2015). In the midst of a digital revolution where people are communicating and leading mostly via digital means, this book instructs anyone how to communicate and lead effectively across digital platforms, i.e. e-mail, social media, texting, etc. How do you give people a voice? How do you collaborate and innovate? How do you inspire? How to reduce conflict and misunderstandings!
  • 4 Generations @ Work: A Case for Empowerment—(Published 2016) A revised and expanded version of 4 Generations @ Work, (2012). This publication includes information based on recent and life-long experience on how to create a culture that aspires to everyone, including the younger generations. “Inspired leadership elevates everything! How you treat people impacts how they treat your customers. Impacting sales, retention, customer experience…everything.”

ü  How to develop an empowered culture, and why such a culture is critical to success today and even more so over the next decade;

ü  “The Trust Factor” importance and basics;

ü  “The Power of Ask,” what it is, how it works, and how crucial it is to success;

ü  “Listening to Understand” basics;

ü  “Integrity today” what it looks like and why it is different and crucial to success;

ü  “Diversity and Inclusion,” what it looks like today, why, importance, and how tos;

ü  Intergenerational values and preferences, creating understanding, reducing conflict, engagement, etc.;

ü  The Plurals--She also begins discussions about the next generation to flood the work force, the Plurals. Plurals are different than any generation yet, but require many of the same things in the workplace that their colleagues, the Gen Ys, do.  

  • Training modules – Training modules on digital age leadership are available at   Modules are based on research and proven methods. Other modules are being developed. Recommendations for future module development will be considered.  

Patricia’s other interests/beliefs—

  • God – Even though a member of a United Methodist church, Patricia says, “I am not a denomination. I am a believer and follower.” She is currently actively involved in studying and developing “missional communities” and outreach.
  • Family—daughter, mother, grandmother, sister, aunt, cousin and extended family. Patricia believes “family” includes neighbors, church family, work family, and anyone she interacts with. Family is not just blood relations. “We are all intricately connected to one another.”
  • Respect for Individual Uniqueness—Patricia believes that all people should be respected and valued as the unique individuals they were created to be, not just who “we” think they should be.
  • Servant leadership—Patricia believes that servant leadership is the new-age leadership model that will inspire intrinsic motivation and engagement. “Put people first and everything else will fall into place.”
  • Books—avid reader of everything from spiritual to fiction to nonfiction to poetry.
  • Poetry—loves to write and read poetry.
  • A lover of nature—kayaking, hiking, walking, gardening, and bird watching.
  • Music—most music—classical, inspirational, rock, blues, jazz, blue grass, folk. “Music opens the mind to endless possibilities and clears the mind of muddy and unnecessary thoughts.”

Complete professional bio:

Web site:


Twitter: @pathatleyinc.

Twitter: @4GAW

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Phone: 828.514.3878

4 Generations at Work:

A Case for Empowerment.


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