6/10/2019 12:00 AM


Steve Coats

Certified Master of The Leadership ChallengeĀ®

Steve Coats is a managing partner and owner of International Leadership Associates, a leadership development education and consulting firm. Steve’s work is focused on leadership and team development, change, growth and strategy. For over thirty years, he has taught, coached, and consulted with executives and all levels of managers in several countries around the world.

Steve is one of the first people to be certified at the master level, on the Five Practices of Exemplary Leadership®, the leadership model from the worldwide best–selling book, The Leadership Challenge. He has been involved with this work and its authors, Jim Kouzes and Barry Posner, since 1987. Steve has worked with a wide range of clients, in a variety of industries, from household name, top 100 corporations to small family owned businesses. He has also worked with universities, government and non-profit agencies.

Steve is co-author of the book, There is no Box, (Executive Excellence, 2007) and also co-authored the booklet, Raise the Bar. He is a frequent writer, and his articles have been published in industry magazines, trade journals, and have been used in educational efforts at the UN and the Management Institute of Paris.

Prior to ILA, Steve had sixteen years of experience with AT&T, where he led a National Account Team and provided leadership and executive development and consulting.

Steve received his MBA in Executive Management from North Texas University, and completed an executive program in technology and innovation at the Wharton School.
"The Leadership Challenge Forum is a transformational leadership experience. I appreciate the opportunity to learn from leadership scholars and experts coupled with the opportunity to network with colleagues."
- Ron Siers, Department Chair, Department of Education Specialties at Salisbury University

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