Steve Farber

Steve Farber

Speaker: Steve Farber

Extreme Leadership; Author of The Radical Leap


  • The Radical LEAP: Extreme Leadership at Work and Beyond
  • Customer’s Minds
  • Radical Accountability: Making the Leap from Individual Contributor to Extreme Leader
  • Greater Than Yourself- 3 Steps to Attaining the New Gold Standard of Leadership

Steve Farber is the president of Extreme Leadership, Incorporated—an organization devoted to the cultivation and development of Extreme Leaders in the business community. His book, The Radical Leap: A Personal Lesson in Extreme Leadership is a recipient of Fast Company magazine’s Readers’ Choice Award and was named one of the ten best business books of 2004 by the on-line resource, CEO Refresher. His second book, The Radical Edge: Stoke Your Business, Amp Your Life, and Change the World, was hailed as “a playbook for harnessing the power of the human spirit.” He is a contributor to the anthology, Leading Authorities on Business: Winning Strategies From the Greatest Minds in Business Today, and is the author of the audio series, Extreme Leadership: In Pursuit of the O.S.M.

A subject-matter expert in business leadership and a frequent guest on news-talk shows around the country, Steve is a senior-level leadership coach and consultant who speaks 90 to 100 times a year to a wide variety of public and private organizations in virtually every arena, from the tech sector to financial services, manufacturing, health care, hospitality, entertainment, retail, and even the US government.

In 1989, after having run his own financial services company, Steve devoted his professional life to the field of leadership development and has been at it ever since. He was director of service programs at TMI, an international training consultancy, and then worked for 6 years as Vice President and Official Mouthpiece (that’s what it said on his business card) of The Tom Peters Company where he met several of his mentors including author/gurus Tom Peters, Jim Kouzes and Terry Pearce. In 2000, Steve established his own company, Extreme Leadership, Inc, where he is president and CEO. Steve is also the co-founding director of The Center for Social Profit Leadership, a non-profit organization formed to serve the leadership development needs of social entrepreneurs, and he sits on the Board of Directors of the world-renown program, Up With People, a global leadership program for students from 18 to 29 years old.

Coaching and inspiring Extreme Leadership at all organizational levels is Steve’s passion, and he does so with a style that is part strategist, part social commentator, part comedian, and all energy.

The Radical LEAP: Extreme Leadership at Work and Beyond

(Primarily for Officer, Senior Executive and Manager level). In this chaotic and extreme age, business leaders must demonstrate an unprecedented level of passion, determination, foresight, dedication and fearlessness. People won’t follow empty rhetoric, but they will respond to significant, meaningful and dramatic action. As an Extreme Leader, you need the ability to influence, the power to transform and the courage to change the world of your company, your customers and your industry. In The Radical Leap, Steve shows you how to use the LEAP framework—Love, Energy, Audacity and Proof—to do just that—and radically improve your organization and your life.

Customer’s Minds

(For Officer, Senior Executive, Manager and/or Individual Contributor level). We all know that customer satisfaction is no longer enough. But creating a consistently mind-blowing WOW! Experience for your customers demands imagination, empathy and creativity from every employee in your company. What are you doing about it? Steve offers four qualities that you, as an Extreme Leader, must demonstrate to create customer-obsessed business people at every level of your organization: Passion, Obsession, Creation and Exhilaration. Drawing on provocative business cases, research and personal experience, Steve will take you beyond the conventional customer service wisdom and into the realm of customer love.

Radical Accountability: Making the Leap from Individual Contributor to Extreme Leader

(For Individual Contributors or Organization-Wide participation). Whatever the challenge at your company—improving customer service, coping with change, inspiring transformation, improving corporate culture, recruiting and retaining great talent, building teamwork, fostering innovation—it all comes down to this: someone has to do something significant and enlist others to help. Someone, in other words, has to take accountability. Someone has to lead. And it doesn’t have to be the boss. Leadership, ultimately, has nothing to do with the title on your business card or your position on the organizational chart. It’s about who you are and what you do to change things for the better—regardless of your “place” in the company. In Radical Accountability, Steve will show you four personal strategies for being the architect of transformation from any position or level in the company.

Greater Than Yourself- 3 Steps to Attaining the New Gold Standard of Leadership

The truly great leaders in life and work become so by causing others to be greater than themselves. After decades of time and millions of dollars spent on leadership development and mentoring programs, why is there still a crisis of leadership at many levels of the business world? By now, most business leaders have learned that their job is to expand and develop their own capacity, while simultaneously preparing the next generation of leaders to take the reins. Develop talent, they’ve been taught. Be a coach. A mentor. But it doesn’t happen all that often. At least, not in any significant way. Maybe we’ve just been expecting too much. Steve Farber believes that we’ve actually been expecting too little. It’s time, he says, to set a new gold standard for what it means to be a leader of substance and influence: The true measure of your greatness as a leader is to develop leaders who are greater than you.

In this program – based on the Wall Street Journal and USA Today bestselling book, Greater Than Yourself – he shows that dedicating yourself to bringing others along so that they can achieve more than you is the ultimate way to boost talent, ramp productivity and create truly significant current and future leaders. With this powerful, three-step approach, Steve Farber reveals how your organization or team can achieve explosive results by encouraging every leader and employee to take on a Greater Than Yourself relationship for unprecedented personal growth and productivity:

* Expand Yourself – you’ll discover tools to deepen and expand your personal capabilities – the raw material for true leadership.

* Give Yourself – you’ll learn the art of ‘philanthropizing’ your leadership approach – the raw material for developing capacity in others.

* Replicate Yourself – you’ll experience the power of expanding beyond your personal, one-to-one influence – the raw material for changing your organization for the better.

As a speaker, Steve ignites audiences with the power of his ideas, and Greater Than Yourself will show you and your organization how to attain the new gold standard of leadership and re-enlist in greatness – beginning with one employee and one relationship at a time.


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