Leo Bottary

Leo Bottary

Leo Bottary is the founder and managing partner of Peernovation. He is a sought-after thought leader on Peer Advantage and Peernovation, emerging disciplines dedicated to strategically engaging peers to achieve personal and organizational excellence. A popular author of three books, including Peernovation: What Peer Advisory Groups Can Teach Us About Building High-performing Teams (Archway; October 16, 2020), he is also an author, keynote speaker, workshop facilitator, and thought leader on the topic of peer advantage.

Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) (ABD) in Organizational Leadership Studies at Northeastern University.
M.A. in Strategic Communication & Leadership at Seton Hall University.
B.A. in Political Science and German at Jacksonville University.

Books by Leo Bottary:
Peernovation: What Peer Advisory Groups Can Teach Us About Building High-performing Teams (Archway; October 16, 2020).
What Anyone Can Do: How Surrounding Yourself With the Right People Will Drive Change, Opportunity and Personal Growth (Routledge; September 3, 2018).
The Power of Peers: How the Company You Keep Drives Leadership, Growth & Success (Bibliomotion; March 22, 2016).

Leo Bottary is a member of the External Advisory Board (EAB) for the CEOWORLD magazine. You can follow him on Twitter and LinkedIn.
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Blue Backpack Leadership

Now and then, I come across stories or images that connect to a common theme. When it happens so impactfully to me in such a short period, as it did recently, I often take it as a sign that I should do my part to extend its reach. In this...
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Purpose, Preparation, and Play

Organizational teams of any kind would be wise to heed the best practices of CEO peer advisory groups/forums. Watching the best of the best is like being treated to an evening at the Boston Symphony or a highlight reel featuring top plays on any given Sunday in the NFL. Among...
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The Heart of Napoleon

To be clear, I’m not referring to the military and political leader who rose to prominence during the French Revolution. Instead, I am writing about a company based in Barrie, Ontario, whose 2,300 employees work to enhance everyday living for people in 69 countries across the globe.    At the end...
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A Metaphor for Healthy Growth

I regularly speak to CEOs, executive leaders, and employee work teams. Every one of them is talking about growth in one form or another. Personal Growth. Organizational Growth. Growth through meeting tough challenges. Financial Growth. Growing pains. You name it. It’s among the most common themes among group and team...
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The 1-2-3 of Psychological Safety

I begin the workshop portion of my half-day Peernovation program by asking: What does it take to be a valuable contributor to your team? Not just any team, your team. I ask the question that way for a reason, as I want everyone to feel a sense of ownership from...
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The Power of Celebration

High-performing peer advisory groups and top organizational teams have at least two common attributes: 1) An active Learning-Achieving Cycle and 2) An acute understanding of the power of celebration. Both are foundational to realizing Peernovation. So let's unpack their attributes and their relationship to one another so you can make...
Business Transformation

Unite and Conquer

The phrase divide and conquer, often attributed to Julius Caesar, speaks to dividing the enemy to make it easier to defeat. When it involves building psychological safety among group and team members, however, it’s best to come together.  For a deep dive into psychological safety, you’ll want to check out...
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Amor Leadership

During a recent business trip, I spoke at a retreat for two Vistage groups in Medora, North Dakota. It's not only a beautiful and historically rich part of the state but also about a 30-minute drive to Wibaux, Montana. This proximity was significant for me because, until the other day,...
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Assume You’re the Problem

Grammarly/Harris Poll released a study recently called The State of Business Communication. To examine what’s getting in the way of collaboration, productivity, and output in the hybrid work era, the research team surveyed 251 business leaders and 1001 knowledge workers employed full-time by companies with at least 150 employees. Among...
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The Art of Teams

Less than two months ago, I wrote a piece for CEOWORLD magazine titled Go Team!, highlighting Sir Dave Brailsford’s work as the CEO of the INEOS 1:59 Challenge as a masterclass in team leadership. Since then, I have been exploring other outstanding teams from various walks of life - everything...
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