Jane Hansen, PhD

Co-Founder & Senior Vice President


Jane Hansen is a seasoned business executive and consultant, and co-founder and senior vice president for Leadership Worth Following, LLC, headquartered in Irving, Texas. Established in January 2004, LWF helps organizations identify and develop talented people who have the capacity, commitment, and character to become top-performing leaders worthy of followership. In her role, Jane serves as an executive coach and lead assessor for LWF’s leadership assessments.

Jane brings over 30 years of experience applying her knowledge of psychology and business to the talent selection and development needs of organizations. She works with executives across a variety of industries and businesses, including high-tech, computing, retail, transportation, insurance, healthcare, non-profit, and small entrepreneurial companies. Her goal in working with leaders is to help them become the leader they intend to be. She has extensive experience coaching leaders who want to develop skills in the following areas:

  • Communicating with Impact
  • Developing, Coaching, and Engaging Others
  • Influencing
  • Building Collaborative Relationships
  • Fostering Team Alignment
  • Increasing Self-Awareness

Jane has extensive consulting experience, and worked 12 years with a global consulting firm specializing in people and organizational development. During that time, she worked in the assessment and development of management and executive talent, strategic competency modeling, individual coaching, and leadership training and development. She found the work in individual development especially rewarding, so for the last 15 years, she has focused on leadership assessment and coaching. While working for the consulting firm, she also served as general manager for their Austin office, where she built a significant Central Texas presence and introduced many new clients to the services and products of the firm.

Jane also has experience beyond consulting. She started and led the Training and Organizational Development Department for IXC Communications. As Director, Training and Organizational Development, she built a leadership development curriculum from the ground up for all levels of management, designed a selection process for recruiters and hiring managers, provided individual coaching to senior leaders, facilitated executive team meetings, and project-managed a company-wide vision and values initiative.

Jane received both her B.A. and M.A. in psychology from Southern Methodist University in Dallas. Her Ph.D., also from SMU, is in experimental social psychology. Jane has published articles on the subjects of interpersonal perception and social interaction. She remains active in various community service and non-profit groups, and presently resides in Austin, Texas, with her husband and two children.