Company: Leading with Courage Academy
Chicago, IL 60601
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Designs and facilitates succession planning and leadership development assessments, workshops and coaching programs, including DiSC, emotional intelligence, and employee engagement, that help individuals and teams, primarily in ESOP organizations, be more effective leaders and managers.
Author of four leadership books, including Leading With Courage®: Nine Critical Behaviors Of Effective Leaders and Managers (June 2019), Official Member of the Forbes Coaches Council, member of National Center for Employee Ownership (NCEO), Consultant Allies, and ProVisors (Chicago).
Authorized/certified partner/trainer of Everything DiSC®, Genos Emotional Intelligence’s suite of EI assessments, Five Behaviors of a Cohesive Team®, and Engagement Multiplier®. Career includes 23 years as a senior finance and operations executive in the US and Europe with SC Johnson and the two-time Chief Operating Officer of a Top 5 and a Top 50 CPA firm. Received MBA from Northwestern University.
- MBA, Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University
- BA, Franklin & Marshall College
- 23 years with SC Johnson, a family-owned company, as a finance and operations executive in the US, Europe and its family office
- Chief Operating Officer with a Top 5 (RSM) and a Top 50 (Blackman Kallick that merged into Plante Moran)
- Authorized/certified partner/trainer of Everything DiSC®, Genos Emotional Intelligence’s suite of EI assessments, Five Behaviors of a Cohesive Team®, and Engagement Multiplier®.
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Bryan I. Schwartz, President, Trim-Tex Inc.
We're a family-owned manufacturing company and we've used Lee to help the members of our Sales team and other executives better understand themselves and ways to improve their ability to build even more effective relationships. Everyone completed a DiSC assessment and then we ran comparison reports between them and members of their teams. Some key leaders were also asked to complete 360 emotional intelligence assessment to help them understand how they are "showing up." To make more informed decisions on who new hires should report to, we've been having them complete a DiSC assessment and then we run comparison reports between them and those whom they might report to. We're trying to get new people off to the best / fastest start possible by pairing them with someone with complementary tendencies and behaviors that they'll get along with. We've found that Lee brings a practical approach to his programs and coaching, which we really appreciate. We've also found that he meets his commitments, to the best of his abilities, without reminders from us. He's also not afraid to tell us what we need to hear rather than what we want to hear.
Vincent A. Martorano, President, Clarion Construction, Inc.
Lee has helped our company in several areas, starting with a DiSC Lunch & Learn program we requested. We appreciated his efforts in our Engagement research, as well as his work on our purpose statement. I've read 2 of his books on leadership & use many of the suggestions for our Directors Qtrly Action Plans.
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