6/10/2019 12:00 AM


Steve Coats

Certified Master of The Leadership Challenge®

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 sharing of experiences, ideas, challenges, innovations and insights—the Summit is another immersion into the heart of what we do and why we do it. It is beyond excellent…it is extraordinary."
- Roxanne Kaufman Elliott, Certified Master-in-Training, president and CEO of ProLaureate Ltd., Cleveland OH
"I took away so much inspiration and fresh approaches to this amazing work from the Summit. Most importantly, as a newly-minted Certified Master the connections made with others are invaluable—particularly considering my location Down Under."
- Grant Dale, Certified Master and Acting Director, WorkSmart Australia
"What an amazing global family! It is rare to meet so many people with so much wisdom that they freely share. Even as a relative newcomer I felt welcomed with open arms."
- Alan Lyme, LISW, Certified Master-in-Training and Training Director, Phoenix Center, Greenville SC

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