I’m excited to have The Gay Leadership Dude™, owner and principal of TopDog Learning Group, Dr. Steve Yacovelli. He talks about his main hustle, his success story and how he managed to ride through those difficult times. We talked more about his hiring process and how his experience has been having fans on his own.
Dr. Steve Yacovelli has been in the leadership, learning and development, change management, and diversity and inclusion consulting space pretty much his whole career (about twenty-five years). In his consulting experience he’s seen some leaders completely excel in their effectiveness, and some completely crash and burn due to their lack of competence in leadership skills. Steve’s desire was to help both types of leaders be more effective, through coaching, formal and informal training, and just generally being there to support their leadershippiness.
A few years ago, Steve realized that the focus on specifically developing LGBTQ+ Leaders wasn’t really top of mind for many organizations. Sure, there were a few conferences sessions, some random webinars, or even university-sponsored certificate programs, but nothing in a programmatic, cross-association, and at all levels within the leadership savviness scale. In short, a patchwork of effort and not necessarily a cohesive focus or movement.
So, “The Gay Leadership Dude™” was born. It’s Steve’s brand to “come out” and acknowledge the role he wants to take to give back to the LGBTQ+ Community and awesome Allies: to serve as a “lightning rod” of sorts to start a movement to grow LGBTQ+ Leaders and Allies to be even more effective, in a consistent, thoughtful, and mindful manner, especially those up-and-coming Leaders within the broader movement for equality and fairness for all LGBTQ+ people and well beyond.
Find more of Dr. Steve Yacovelli, his team, courses, books, and more:
Grab a copy of his book: Pride Leadership https://topdoglearning.learnworlds.com/books
Giveaway!!! Get 50% off his “Resilience” Masterclass by using the code: RESIL50OFF https://topdoglearning.learnworlds.com/course/resilience
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[0:46] An inspiring story of success
[8:21] What’s something that didn’t go as planned in his business?
[12:14] Diving deeper into his book
[14:45] How does he approach bringing in the right people for his band?
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[18:20] Getting fans and what he did to get where he is now
[25:12] What are the tools he uses for success?
[31:22] What’s new with Steve’s business?
[33:25] Where to learn more about Steve