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Dr. Kent M. Keith
Meet the Author of the Paradoxical Commandments

Dr. Kent M. Keith is a dynamic speaker and writer whose mission is to help people find personal meaning in a crazy world. He has been featured on the front page of The New York Times and in People magazine, The Washington Post, The San Francisco Chronicle, and Family Circle. He was interviewed by Katie Couric on the NBC Today Show and by Dr. Schuller on The Hour of Power. He has appeared on dozens of TV shows and more than 100 radio programs in the United States, the United Kingdom, and Australia.

Dr. Keith has given over 1,000 presentations, conference papers, and seminars. His presentations and seminars are focused on servant leadership and finding personal meaning at home and at work.

Dr. Keith is known nationally and internationally as the author of the Paradoxical Commandments, which he wrote and published in 1968 in a booklet for student leaders.

His book, Anyway: The Paradoxical Commandments was published by G. P. Putnam’s Sons in April 2002, and became a national bestseller. His narration of Anyway: The Paradoxical Commandments won a national “Audie” award from the Audio Publishers Association as the best audiobook of 2003 in the personal development/ motivational category. His second book, Do It Anyway: The Handbook for Finding Personal Meaning and Deep Happiness in a Crazy World, was published by Inner Ocean Publishing in November 2003. His third book, Jesus Did It Anyway: The Paradoxical Commandments for Christians, was published by G. P. Putnam’s Sons in October 2005. His fourth book, Have Faith Anyway: The Vision of Habakkuk for Our Times, was published by Jossey-Bass in September 2008. Dr. Keith is also the author of the Universal Moral Code, a set of fundamental moral principles that can be found throughout the world, and The Case for Servant Leadership published in 2008 by the Greenleaf Center for Servant Leadership.

Dr. Keith has been an attorney, a state government official, a high-tech park developer, president of two private universities, graduate school lecturer, community organizer, and YMCA executive. He is currently President of his family company, Carlson Keith Corporation ( From 2007 to 2012 he served as CEO of the Greenleaf Center for Servant Leadership in the United States, and from 2012 to 2015 he served as CEO of the Greenleaf Center for Servant Leadership (Asia) in Singapore. He earned a B.A. in Government from Harvard University, an M.A. in Philosophy and Politics from Oxford University, a Certificate in Japanese from Waseda University in Tokyo, a J.D. from the University of Hawaii, and an Ed. D. from the University of Southern California. He is a Rhodes Scholar.

Dr. Keith and his wife Elizabeth have three children.

More information about Dr. Keith and his work can be found at,, and Additional products based on the Paradoxical Commandments can be found at

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Dr. Keith is available for speaking engagements. He can be contacted at

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