Steve Gutzler

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Steve Gutzler is the President of Leadership Quest, a Seattle-based Leadership Development company. Steve is a dynamic speaker and a recognized authority on Emotional Intelligence, leadership influence, and high-performance teams with a who’s who list of clients including Spotify, Seattle Seahawks, Microsoft, Starbucks, Boeing, Cisco, Starwood Corporation, Smart Choice Agents, Neenah, Inc., American Academy of Family Physicians, and Facebook to name a few. 


As a master storyteller, Steve has an unparalleled ability to communicate dynamic business and leadership truths through stories, anecdotes, and humor. He believes every keynote presentation should transform lives, inspire leadership, and fuel teams to perform at their best. 


He presents with passion and conviction to groups of 50 to over 5000 intimately in his high-performance Emotional Intelligence for Extraordinary Leadership and Unleashes the Leader Inside of You keynote programs. He knows how to deliver proven results and has been engaging and inspiring audiences with his messages of extraordinary leadership, achievement, success, and significance for over 26 years. 


Having coached and trained CEOs, presidents, professional athletes, and world-class organizations, Steve’s insights have gained a reputation as a trusted authority on high performance leadership, emotional intelligence for exceptional leadership, growing leaders at every level, and accelerated sales success. 


A best-selling author on leadership and Emotional Intelligence, Steve is widely read and followed by over 142,000 Twitter followers. He resides near Scottsdale with his wife Julie where they enjoy time with their three adult children and six grandchildren. 


Speaking Topics - 


Emotional Intelligence for Extraordinary Leadership 


With the explosion of our information age and the increased potential of the millennial generation, it has become clear that to lead with impact, one has to fully engage the minds, emotions, and spirits of those they lead. While many managers today are skilled at presenting team goals and strategies, the skillsets of emotional intelligence and leveraging the brain science of high performance are the new competitive edge. Empowering your team to feel emotionally connected with their purpose and to one another is imperative. 


Emotional Intelligence for Extraordinary Teams 


In this interactive keynote program Emotional Intelligence for Extraordinary Teams, Steve Gutzler will provide breakthrough techniques and strategies to create positive influence, high-performing teams, and proven results that will boost your bottom line. 


Recent research has made it clear that increasing your emotional currency and emotional intelligence skillset is the single most important driver of an engaged, results-driven, and highly agile workforce. 


Emotional Health and Balance: Strategies to Stress-Proof Your Leaders and Teams 


In this interactive program, you’ll discover the same proven and actionable strategies employed by frontline health professionals, SWAT teams, leading corporate executives, and personal leaders. These proven tactics help reset and calibrate emotional wellness to handle stress in these rapid-changing times, resulting in achievable (and sustainable) balance. 


Full Potential: How to Perform Best Under Pressure 


This dynamic keynote addresses the epidemic of stress and pressure. 


Through inspiring stories and real-life case studies, Steve explains how leaders today need to be both “smart and healthy”. How to avoid self-sabotage and burnout through the science of Emotional Intelligence and stress resiliency tactics. How to continue to operate at optimum levels while facing deadlines and challenging relationships. 


Lead With No Fear: Based on the International Best-Selling Book


In this program, Steve will teach how to unlock 7 Key Leadership Shifts for greater influence and impact. He will illustrate and inspire your audience with real-life case studies of successful leaders and teams navigating the uncertain waters of leadership. 


Instead of forcing leaders to make drastic changes, Steve will guide the audience into making significant, gradual changes over a 90-day period


Unleash the Leader Inside You


Through inspiring stories of untitled leaders, Steve will explain how rapid change has impacted your role as a leader and will guide your audience through the dynamic process of five shifts, to raise your professional game and bottom-line influence. You’ll leave this motivational experience with actionable takeaways for professional and personal growth and the knowledge and inspiration to become the leader you want to be.

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"We had the pleasure of having Steve Gutzler as our keynote speaker this year. Steve’s presentation and speaking skills are exactly what we were looking for and his approach matched our culture in a way that was refreshing. If you are looking for a keynote speaker that keeps your audience's attention and deliver a profound message then Steve is your guy!”

–Andrew Caldwell, President, Worldwide Insurance Network, Smart Choice Agents

“Steve’s highly engaging and passionate style kept our team fully engaged and equally important, his relatable and actionable list of key leadership attributes was something our employees could take with them to have an immediate positive impact on their leadership effectiveness. Feedback was very positive and I’d certainly welcome and look for opportunities to work with Steve again.”

John P O’Donnell, President & CEO, Neenah, Inc.

"Steve Gutzler was incredibly well-received yesterday– the feedback throughout the day by attendees and CEOs after his virtual keynote was overwhelmingly positive and effusive. His message was a perfect way to kick off the meeting and set an incredible tone for the day. It was timely, relevant, and inspiring. He hit it out of the park!"

-Liz Giannini, Senior Operations Manager, CESSE

"We really enjoyed how smoothly the planning, procurement, and logistics worked out. Our summit attendees provided overwhelming positive feedback that Steve’s keynote was an absolute home run! It was rated the top session in survey data we collected. It really seemed like the attendees took away several actions they will put into practice.”


"Steve Gutzler has made the topic of Emotional Intelligence relevant and impactful over the course of several events with my Senior Leadership Team and Managers of our Global Outsourcing business. These highly–interactive sessions have received consistent praise from my organization, and have had an impact on us both personally and professionally."


"Steve inspired our global team through an inspirational and thought-provoking session that left our team motivated to recognize the opportunities ahead, rather than the obstacles in our path, and take ownership of their vision and journey. We are confident the time he spent with us will have a lasting impact on all of us.”


"Steve Gutzler absolutely 'brings it' each and every time he has worked with our team! I’ve had the pleasure of working with Steve since 2002 and he was an irrefutable 'WOW' during our annual General Managers Conferences and Leadership Team Advances. He has a unique ability to bring energy, authenticity, and practical takeaways with his presentations."