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Lee Eisenstaedt

Name: Lee Eisenstaedt
Company: Leading with Courage Academy
Title: Founder

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150 N Michigan Ave
Suite 800
Chicago, IL 60601
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Lee Eisenstaedt is an advisor to the leaders of employee-owned organizations who want simple, practical and straightforward counsel on succession planning and leadership development.  He provides his clients with proven tools and processes to help them build organizational capacity and sustainable businesses on a foundation of Cultures of Ownership, Leadership and Character-based Capitalism.

Lee is the author of four leadership books, including Leading With Courage®: Nine Critical Behaviors Of Effective Leaders and Managers (June 2019) and is researching his fifth book that will feature leaders of and advisors to ESOPs.   He’s an Official Member of the Forbes Coaches Council, member of National Center for Employee Ownership (NCEO), The ESOP Association, Consultant Allies and the Private Directors Association.  Lee is an authorized/certified partner/trainer of Everything DiSC®, Genos Emotional Intelligence’s suite of EI assessments including Ignite and the Emotional Climate Index, Five Behaviors of a Cohesive Team®, and Engagement Multiplier®.



Lee’s 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. He received his MBA from Northwestern University.

Mid-size CPA firm

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Mid-size, family-owned manufacturing company

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Family-Owned Construction Company

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The Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP) Maturity Continuum

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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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