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Steve & Tom are deeply experienced and highly regarded facilitators, coaches & public speakers.  To engage their services, please contact nobox@i-lead.com. A more detailed description about both of them follows below.

Steve Coats
Steve Coats is a managing partner and co-owner of International Leadership Associates, a leadership development education and consulting firm. For nearly twenty years, Steve has taught, coached, and consulted with executives and all levels of managers in several countries around the world. His expertise is in the related areas of leadership development, team development, change,
personal and business growth, and business strategy.

Steve's background, experience, and deep commitment have enabled many clients with whom he has worked, to achieve remarkable results from their leadership development efforts.

Steve is one of the leading authorities on the Five Practices of Exemplary Leadership®, the proven leadership model detailed in the award-winning book, The Leadership Challenge. His involvement with The Leadership Challenge and relationship with its authors, Jim Kouzes and Barry Posner, began in 1987. Since that time Steve has worked with a wide range of clients, from household name, top 100 corporations to small family owned businesses. He has also served government and non-profit agencies.

Steve has also created a number of customized leadership programs for companies such as AT&T, Convergys, Fifth Third Bank, Luxottica Retail, P&G, Roche, and Sandia National Labs, to name a few.

Steve is one of a small number of Americans, certified to offer the Belbin Team Role Inventory, developed at Cambridge University. He is certified to offer the Emotional Competence Inventory, based on Dr. Daniel Goleman's landmark work in emotional intelligence. He also has nearly two decades of experience with the Myers Briggs Type Indicator.

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. He was also a co-founder of The Leadership Dimension, Inc.

Steve received his MBA in Executive Management from North Texas University, and completed an executive program in technology and innovation at the Wharton School.

Along with There is no Box, Steve co-authored the booklet, Raise the Bar. He has also published several articles on various topics related to the subject of leadership. 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.

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Tom Heuer
Tom Heuer is currently Corporate Vice President, Director of Executive, Leadership and Management Development at Fifth Third Bank. He is responsible for designing the corporation’s leadership architecture and developing/delivering the programming to support the Architecture. Tom focuses his efforts on facilitating leadership seminars, working with senior team development, coaching high performers, and conducting strategic planning sessions for key business units.

Prior to joining Fifth Third Bank, Tom was a managing partner with International Leadership Associates (ILA), a leadership education and consulting firm. Tom’s practice at ILA reflected his research interests - leadership and strategic planning consultation, executive coaching, senior team development and facilitating leadership seminars. He has written numerous articles on the subject of leadership and is known as an expert on the Kouzes and Posner leadership model, the Five Practices of Exemplary Leaders®. Tom’s clients included BANC ONE Corporation, Huntington Bancshares, M&T Bancorp, Fifth Third Bank, LensCrafters, The Kroger Company, Lexis Nexis, Motorola, Proctor & Gamble, Merrill Lynch and 3M.

Tom has significant, senior level corporate experience. He was Chief Operating Officer for Pinnacle Bancorp and Senior Director at Deloitte Consulting. At Deloitte, his work focused on strategic planning and organizational effectiveness issues in the Financial Services Industry and with middle market/emerging clients. He started his "passion" for Leadership Development and Organization Strategy at BANC ONE. He wrote with the Harvard Business School Faculty the HBR Case Study on Bank One’s venture into diversification.

Tom received his undergraduate degree from Capital University and his MA degree from Ohio University. Prior to co-authoring "There is No Box," his leadership articles were published in the book, Raising the Bar. He is certified in BENCHMARKS through the Center for Creative Leadership and Emotional Intelligence through Daniel Goleman. He is a popular speaker on the topics of leadership and business growth and is sought after for his group facilitation skills. His current research looks at the leadership development programming and experiences needed at different career/life stages.