Leading in Turbulent Times

CareerCast - Life-long Career Development

Steve Farber If you read the news, you know that the turnover rate among senior-level leaders is growing. While there are many reasons, it is obvious that leading today requires more from an individual than ever before. In this CareerCast, Steve Farber, consultant, author, and advisor to C-suite executives, offers an innovative perspective, thought-provoking ideas, and actionable principles to help you and your team become leaders of substance and influence in turbulent and not-so-turbulent times.

Aired June 18, 2009

Steve Farber is the president of Extreme Leadership, Incorporated, an organization devoted to the cultivation and development of extreme leaders in the business community. His best-selling book, The Radical Leap: A Personal Lesson in Extreme Leadership, was recently named one of the 100 Best Business Books of All Time. His second book, The Radical Edge: Stoke Your Business, Amp Your Life, and Change the World, was hailed as “a playbook for harnessing the power of the human spirit.” His newest book, Greater Than Yourself: The Ultimate Lesson of True Leadership, has just been published by Doubleday/Random House.

A subject-matter expert in business leadership and a frequent guest on news and talk shows around the country, Steve is a senior-level leadership coach and consultant who speaks 90 to 100 times a year to a wide variety of public and private organizations in virtually every arena, from the tech sector to financial services, manufacturing, healthcare, hospitality, entertainment, retail, and even the US government.

In 1989, after having run his own financial services company, Steve devoted his professional life to the field of leadership development and has been at it ever since. He was director of service programs at TMI, an international training consultancy, and then worked for six years as vice president and official mouthpiece (that’s what it said on his business card) of the Tom Peters Company, where he met several of his mentors including author/gurus Tom Peters, Jim Kouzes, and Terry Pearce. In 2000, Steve established his own company, Extreme Leadership, Inc., where he is president and CEO. Steve is also the cofounding director of the Center for Social Profit Leadership (part of the Legacy XXI Institute), a nonprofit organization formed to serve the leadership-development needs of social entrepreneurs, and he sits on the board of directors of the world-renowned program Up With People, a global leadership program for students 18 to 29 years old.

Coaching and inspiring extreme leadership at all organizational levels is Steve’s passion, and he does it with a style that is part strategist, part social commentator, part comedian, and all energy.


Greater Than Yourself by Steve Farber (2009)

Leading in Times of Crisis: Navigating Through Complexity, Diversity and Uncertainty to Save Your Business by David L. Dotlich, Peter C. Cairo, and Stephen H. Rhinesmith (2009)

Talent on Demand: Managing Talent in an Age of Uncertainty by Peter Cappelli (2008)

The SPEED of Trust: The One Thing That Changes Everything by Stephen M.R. Covey and Rebecca R. Merrill (2008)

Turning Good People into Top Talent: Key Leadership Strategies for a Winning Company, Revised Fourth Edition, by Bob Moore CMC MCC (2007)

Our Iceberg Is Melting: Changing and Succeeding Under Any Conditions by John Kotter, Holger Rathgeber, Peter Mueller, and Spenser Johnson (2006)

The Inspirational Leader: How to Motivate, Encourage & Achieve Success by John Adair (2005)

The Power of Full Engagement: Managing Energy, Not Time, Is the Key to High Performance and Personal Renewal by Jim Loehr and Tony Schwartz (2004)

Harvard Business Review on Teams That Succeed by Jon R. Katzenbach, David A. Garvin, and Etienne C. Wenger (2004)

Intrinsic Motivation at Work: Building Energy and Commitment by Kenneth W. Thomas (2004)

Leading in Tough Times: The Manager’s Guide to Responsibility, Trust and Motivation by Richard S. Deems and Terri A. Deems (2003)

Leading in Turbulent Times: Managing in the New World of Work by Cary L. Cooper (2003)

Execution: The Discipline of Getting Things Done by Larry Bossidy, Ram Charan, and Charles Burck (2002)

Crucial Conversations: Tools for Talking When Stakes Are High by Kerry Patterson, Joseph Grenny, Ron McMillan, Al Switzler, and Stephen R. Covey (2002)

The Five Dysfunctions of a Team: A Leadership Fable by Patrick M. Lencioni (2002)

Leading Change in Challenging Times: A Practical Guidebook for Chief Executive Officers of Economic Development Organizations by Douglas C. Eadie (1998)