Leo Bottary is a sought-after thought leader on peer advantage, an emerging discipline dedicated strategically engaging the people around you to realize your business and life goals. A popular author, educator, keynote speaker and workshop facilitator, he advises individuals and organizations worldwide. His new book is What Anyone Can Do: How Surrounding Yourself with the Right People Will Drive Change, Opportunity, and Personal Growth (Routledge, 2018).
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Accountability, Business, Change, Employee Engagement, Leadership, Networking and Relationships, Personal Development, Relationships, Teambuilding
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Corporations, Entrepreneurs, Entry Level, Management, Senior Executives, Women's Groups
• Discover the four ways we engage our peers
• Learn the difference between garden-variety peer influence and peer advantage
• Acquire a framework for improving collaboration and team/group performance
• Discover the gaps that will help move collaboration from good to great
• Walk away with leave with a solid understanding of what peer advantage can mean for themselves and their organizations
*Speaker fees vary based on event location, program duration and other factors, and are subject to change without notice. Please contact us for an accurate fee quote for your event.
Leo Bottary is a keynote speaker, author, workshop facilitator, adjunct professor, and thought leader on the topic of peer advantage. Peer influence is something you’ve experienced for your entire life, often without a great deal of thought or effort. Peer advantage is what can be realized when you engage your peers in a manner that’s more selective, strategic, and structured. If you want to grow as an individual, collaborate more effectively, become a better leader, and prepare your organization to meet the challenges of the future, then enlist a group of peers you respect and who are committed to the same goals and watch what happens!
During his tenure at Vistage Worldwide, Leo directed a thought leadership initiative on the power of peers in business, which resulted in a book he coauthored with Leon Shapiro titled: The Power of Peers: How the Company You Keep Drives Leadership, Growth & Success. The premise of the book is as simple as it is powerful. Who you surround yourself with matters and, because of this, business leaders can help each other in ways they just won’t find anywhere else. It’s essentially provides a look into how and why formal peer groups are so powerful.
Leo’s new book (to be published and released in September) is titled: What Anyone Can Do: How Surrounding Yourself with the Right People Will Drive Change, Opportunity, and Personal Growth. With the help of Leo’s Year of the Peer podcast guests (and illustrations by Ryan Foland), you’ll discover that success isn’t enjoyed only by people possessing superhuman qualities; it’s also realized by those who enlist the support of others to help them do the things anyone can do that most of us never will. The narrative steps outside the formal peer group arena to examine all the important relationships we have in our lives (parents, teachers, spouses, mentors, children, mentees, etc.) and how if we enlisted their support more frequently and pointedly, we would all do the things anyone can do far more often.
In addition to his work as a speaker and thought leader on the topic of peer advantage, Leo also serves as an instructor for Rutgers and Northeastern universities. Prior to that, he was an adjunct professor for two of Seton Hall University’s graduate programs, where he led online learning teams and on campus residencies. In April 2015, he was named adjunct teacher of the year for its College of Communication and the Arts.
Before joining Vistage in 2010, Leo enjoyed a 25-year career counseling leaders in strategic communication. During that time, he served as a Senior Vice President (Corporate Practice) and Director of Client Service for the US at Hill & Knowlton. He also founded an award-winning public relations agency, which he sold in 2000.
Leo earned a BA from Jacksonville University, an MA in Strategic Communication and Leadership from Seton Hall University, and completed his doctoral coursework (organizational leadership concentration) at Northeastern University.
Learn more at leobottary.com.
Who You Surround Yourself With Matters (Keynote)
Leo’s one-hour keynote, Who You Surround Yourself With Matters, is customized for every audience to assure they receive maximum take home value!
There are thousands of books on leadership, hundreds on followership, and relatively little information available in the business and education arenas about the importance and value of the people who stand beside you. Peer influence is something you’ve experienced your whole life, yet too few people give it a second thought. Imagine if you gave it a second thought. Consider what would be possible for you if you were more selective, strategic and structured about the way you engage your peers.
Subjects covered include:
- The pervasive nature of peer influence
- The four ways we engage our peers
- The difference between garden-variety peer influence and peer advantage
- The five factors that make peer advantage possible
- The value of case clinics and triads
- A framework for improving collaboration and team/group performance
Participants will leave with a solid understanding of what peer advantage can mean for themselves and their organizations.
Bringing Peer Advantage Inside Your Organization (CEO/Business Leader Workshop)
This two-hour workshop, Bringing Peer Advantage Inside Your Organization, draws a great deal of content from the keynote and also includes a second hour of large and small group exercises designed to harness the power of the peers in the room so they can identify opportunities that will inspire higher performing teams within their organizations. Workshop participants will leave with a better understanding of how to access the power of their peers personally, while providing them with tools they can share with their employees.
Harnessing Peer Advantage to Your Advantage (Self Assessment Program for CEOs/Executive Leadership)
Leo directs a highly interactive, three-hour self-assessment workshop, called Harnessing Peer Advantage to Your Advantage, for CEO Peer Advisory Groups or Executive Leadership Teams. Using the five factors for peer advantage helps a group identify gaps that are impacting higher performance and create an action plan that inspires an even higher standard of excellence going forward.
- Rallying group/team members to be even higher-performing
- Bringing the members together behind a common goal
- Providing valuable input to the Group Leader or CEO
- Identifying gaps that will help move collaboration from good to great
- Creating an action plan for group/team excellence
Participants will be inspired with a new sense of “team” and obtain the tools to harness peer advantage to their collective advantage.
“I met Leo Bottary online when I was looking to strengthen my inner circle with the best leaders in the peer-to-peer industry. I couldn’t stop until I finished the last page of his book, The Power of Peers. Some weeks later, we (CEO World and ANJE) invited him to come to Porto to deliver an incredible talk about Peer Advantage and participate in two peer group sessions. Leo is definitely a peer evangelist, always willing to support his peers to grow every single day.” — Miguel Dias, Founder and CEO of ScaleUp Academy