During his six-year tenure at Vistage Worldwide, Leo Bottary 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.

In addition to his work as a speaker and thought leader on the topic of peer advantage, Leo also serves as an adjunct professor for Seton Hall University's Master of Arts in Strategic Communication & Leadership program (MASCL), where he leads online learning teams. In April 2015, he was named adjunct teacher of the year for Seton Hall's College of Communication and the Arts.

Prior to 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 is expected to receive his EdD from Northeastern University with a concentration in Organizational Leadership upon completion of his dissertation.

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Who You Surround Yourself With Matters.

Leo Bottary

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 engaged 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 model for improving collaboration and team/group performance

Participants will leave with actionable steps that will improve their ability to access the power of their peers and provide them with tools they can bring to their teams. This program is customized for every group to ensure that the audience on that day receives maximum take home value!

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