Steve Gutzler

Let's Unleash the Leader in You

Growing Leaders at Every Level

In today’s fast-paced, competitive work environment, how effective are you as a leader of personal influence, impact, and inspiration?

Steve Gutzler is a dynamic, highly sought-after speaker who has delivered thousands of presentations on leadership, emotional intelligence, and personal transformation. He has an exceptional ability to communicate clear leadership and business solutions with humor, clarity, and insight.

Steve inspires greatness in individuals and organizations through leadership and emotional intelligence training, coaching, and keynote presentations. He believes every keynote presentation should transform a life and inspire leadership, and he presents with passion and conviction.

His clients include many fortune 500 firms, and he is an executive coach to many CEOs, business executives, and leading entrepreneurs. Steve brings fresh ideas and innovations to every meeting.

Keynote Presentations

  • Emotional Intelligence for Extraordinary Leadership
  • Unleash the Leader Inside You
  • Full Potential- How to Perform Best Under Pressure
  • Power of Influence and Impactful Leadership

Training & Workshops

  • Empowerment Behind the Badge – Emotional Intelligence for Personal Leadership
  • Clave Up! Get in Harmony and Feel the Rhythm

“Impossible, Possible, Done! Steve Gutzler has made the topic of Emotional Intelligence relevant and impactful to myself and my leadership team. Over the course of several events with my Senior Leadership Team and Managers of our Global Outsourcing business, Steve has introduced us to a progressive series of topics and exercises aimed at improving our collective leadership skills, and “unlocking” our greatness potential. These highly – interactive sessions have received consistent praise from my organization, and have had an impact on us both personally and professionally. Steve is an energetic speaker whose passion for this topic is infectious. It has been a pleasure working directly with Steve, and to give him the highest of recommendations.”
Mike Simms, Chief Outsourcing Officer, Microsoft

“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 in many respects consider him a part of our corporate team in that he was instrumental in the formation of our service vision seven years ago. Steve has been an irrefutable “WOW” during our annual General Managers Conferences, as well as, Leadership Team Advances. He has a unique ability to bring energy, authenticity, and practical takeaways with his enthusiastic keynotes and presentations. The topics that are discussed during Steve’s thought provoking sessions resonate with our team via high-level professionalism, passion, and purpose.
Douglas N.Dreher President & CEO, The Hotel Group

“Steve Gutzler is a fantastic keynote speaker and challenges his listeners to move their leadership performance to the next level. Steve is also a great coach and trainer. I have had the pleasure of co- presenting with him on the topic of Emotional Intelligence for High Performing Leaders. His ability to tell stories to reinforce leadership in invaluable – he creates an immediate connection to his audience. As a former owner of a speaker agency, I have seen hundreds of speakers, and Steve is one of the best in the area of leadership!”
Bobi Seredich, Co-Founder of Southwest Institute for Emotional Intelligence,
President of EQ Inspirations, LLC

  • Accelerite
  • American Academy of Family Physicians
  • Autodesk
  • BECU
  • Bellevue WA, Police Pro-Act Unit
  • Bellevue WA, Police SWAT
  • Bernard Hodes Group
  • Boeing
  • C.B.S. TV
  • Central Washington University – School of Business
  • Cisco
  • CSP Business Media
  • D.R. Horton
  • Easter Seals
  • Eastside Narcotics Task Force
  • Federal Court Clerks Association
  • Fairbanks Convention and Visitor’s Bureau
  • Forest City Enterprises
  • Foundations Recovery Network
  • Hospitality Financial Technology Professionals
  • Kraft Foods
  • Leadership Conferences
  • Leadership Network
  • LEAP
  • Lhoist
  • Loft 9
  • Maletis Beverage
  • Management Services Northwest
  • Marriot
  • Michigan State University
  • Microsoft
  • My Life Recovery Centers
  • Nuprecon
  • OnMerit Marketing
  • Pandora Radio
  • Ratner Companies
  • Ritz Carlton
  • Safe Call Now
  • Salish Lodge
  • SALT Communications
  • Seattle Seahawks
  • Security National Mortgages
  • Schaffer Oil
  • Starbucks Coffee
  • Starwood Corporation
  • Sparkling Ice/Talking Rain
  • The Hotel Group
  • U.S. Dept of Social Security
  • U.S. Dept. of Labor
  • Vertafore
  • WA Association of Area Agencies on Aging (W4A)
  • WA Lodging Association
  • WA State Police Advanced Training
  • WA State Chiropractic Association
  • Watson Foods
  • Westin Hotel
  • Widenet Consulting
  • Windermere Real Estate
Travels From:  Washington
City: Seattle
$15,001 to $20,000


Steve Gutzler is the President of Leadership Quest, a Seattle based Leadership Development company. Steve is a dynamic, highly sought after speaker who has delivered over 2500 presentations, to a who’s who list of clients including, Pandora Radio, Microsoft, Starbucks, Boeing, Cisco, Starwood Corporation, U.S. Security Administration, and Oxford Financial to name just a few.

Leadership Matters
Steve’s exceptional ability to communicate clear leadership and business/sales solutions with humor, clarity and insight is why he is in such high demand. Steve believes every Keynote presentation should transform a life and inspire leadership. He presents with passion and conviction to groups of 50 to over 5000 intimately in his high-performance Emotional Intelligence for Leadership and Unleash the Leader Inside of You. 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.

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

Steve Gutzler is a regular guest on T.V. and radio. He recently was voted #1 by the readership of Huffington Post as the Most Inspirational Leader on Social Media.

A published author on leadership and Emotional Intelligence, Steve is widely read and followed by over 105,000 Twitter followers. He resides near Seattle with his wife Julie where they enjoy time with their three adult children and four grandchildren.


Summary of Program:
In today’s fast-paced competitive work environment, how effective are you as a leader? Emotional Intelligence (EI), our ability to manage ourselves and others around us, is the single greatest contributor to personal excellence and high performance in leadership.
In this dynamic presentation, you will discover:

  • The power of moods, attitudes and emotions and their contagious ability
  • How effective leaders self-manage emotions rather than allowing them to sabotage personal success
  • Understand the science of the human brain and how it influences our behaviors
  • Learn game-changing skills to build emotional connections with clients and customers and build fierce loyalty
  • Create leadership standards of inspired greatness and break the cycle of fear

Target Audience:
Steve has presented this topic to a wide array of industries including technology companies, sales teams, government agencies, financial advisors, realtors, small business associations, University programs, and leadership conventions and conferences.

Possible Formats:
This presentation is ideal for Keynote speaking ranging from 45-60 minutes long. It can also be delivered in a workshop or half-day seminar.

In his inspiring Keynote Unleash the Leader Inside You, Steve Gutzler shows how each of us can be a leader in our in our organization and daily lives make a positive difference, whatever our title or position.

Through inspiring stories of untitled leaders, Steve unlocks extraordinary keys each one of us can use to improve our organizations and enhance our careers. Steve shows the power of true leaders who are positive influences, create remarkable impact, and inspires others to greatness.

Among the qualities that genuine leaders share:

  • A compelling vision that includes “others”
  • They are purpose driven rather than diluted in activities
  • They master their emotions and connect with others with meaningful communication
  • Looking for ways to collaborate and encourage more contributions of others than focusing solely on personal achievement
  • They create a lasting legacy of memorable achievements

Target Audience:
Steve has presented this topic to sales teams, technology companies, retail companies, service industries, and government agencies. Perfect for conventions and conferences desiring to build personal leaders of high performance.

Possible Format:
This is ideal for a keynote presentation of 60-90 minutes long. It can also be delivered in a half- full day team seminar.

According to a Harvard Medical School study, an astounding 96% of leaders said they experience feelings of burnout.

How do you create a sustainable pace and sustainable success while feeling under pressure and stress?

Steve Gutzler, President of Leadership Quest, is a renowned speaker and author on the science of Emotional Intelligence, stress resiliency, leadership, and sustainable success.

Steve has personally coached and worked with senior leaders and teams at a number of Fortune 500 companies and leading organizations, including: Microsoft, Seattle Seahawks, Starbucks, the Ritz Carlton, Pandora Radio, Boeing, along with several government and law enforcement agencies.

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.

Steve will help your team increase performance and provide you with break-through techniques and strategies for self-leadership. Learn how to employ Emotional Intelligence for peak performance. This keynote will provide you with inspiration and actionable tools to get to the next level of performance.

You will learn:

  • How to self-manage those 17% moments when interactions in business become challenging and work more difficult
  • How to create stress-resiliency tactics for sustainable success
  • How to operate at full-potential and tap into confidence, optimism, resiliency and enthusiasm
  • How to remain healthy and recognize exhaustion and burnout is not considered a badge of honor
  • How leaders help others manage, energy and emotion when it matters most

If you are looking for a dynamic speaker to motivate, inform, encourage and inspire your audience to become leaders in their field, Steve Gutzler is the best there is. Whether it’s a group of senior executive or an audience of 1,000, Steve is a powerful keynote speaker that will leave the room feeling energized and wanting to get to the “next level” of performance

Don’t wait for that promotion! Start leading now! Right where you are! You can make a difference!

Believe it or not, the most effective way to make an impact in work is to make an impact on individual people.

In Power of Influence and Impactful Leadership, Steve Gutzler, president of Leadership Quest, empowers you to become a potent and positive influence in the lives of those around you without using a position or title. This is done through “pouring your life into other people” with intentional skills around self-awareness, self-regulation, self-motivation, emotional connections and social skills.

You will learn:

  • How to have a unique opportunity to exercise influence in all directions
  • Influence Up (to the boss)
  • Influence Across (to your peers and customers)
  • Influence Down (to those you lead)

In Steve Gutzler’s Keynote presentation, you will gain valuable insights on how to develop your influence and make actionable bottom-line results.

As a master storyteller, Steve has an unparalleled ability to communicate dynamic business and leadership truths through stories, anecdotes and humor. Power of Influence and Impactful Leadership is a message for today… to inspire those who aspire to make a positive difference, regardless of title or position.

Summary of Program:
In today’s fast-paced and pressure filled law enforcement work environment, how effective are you as a leader of influence, impact, and inspiration? Emotional Intelligence (EI) is our ability to self-manage our emotions and navigate successfully under stress is the game changer.

In this highly rated training, you will learn:

  • The hard-edge and bottom-line leadership difference emotional intelligence can make in your professional career
  • How emotions drive our behaviors, performance and leadership influence
  • The brain science behind emotional hijackings and how to self-regulate the stress hormone cortisol
  • Emotional self-managed tactics and strategies for work and life
  • Skills to deal with the public when emotions run high. How to “Play big” and program at your best.

Possible Formats:

  • 1/2 or full day workshop trainings available
  • Dynamic, interactive, and fast-paced

Summary of Program:

Cohesive teams happen on purpose. Clave, the Ultimate Team Building Experience, ignites powerful teams and unites organizations.

Individuals contribute their own unique expression of drumming and the blended mix creates an unforgettable rhythm of collective music. It’s a great celebration of self- discovery, personal leadership and team unity. We close off our high-energy team building with actionable take-aways for your team and the discovery that the whole is greater than the sum of all its individual parts.

Areas of expertise

  • Leadership
  • Team Building
  • Communication
  • Emotional Intelligence
  • Influence
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