Steve Farber has shaken up and re-defined what it means
to be a leader of substance, significance and success.


Choosing the right business speaker for your organization might seem like a daunting challenge, so here’s the easy solution: Hire Steve Farber. But you don’t just want an easy solution, you want the right solution. And while there’s a strong chance Steve is both, you need to be sure. Steve calls it “Proof,” and he’s more than OK with that expectation from his clients because he demands it of himself.

Now, you might think that the proof begins with a long list of Steve’s credentials. That’s important, and you can click here to jump straight to that long list. But before we go there, start by asking why you need a business speaker and what you want to get from the experience of bringing one in. Then see if Steve’s got the chops for it.

No matter what type of event you’re hosting, chances are you want a dynamic, entertaining speaker who will keep your audience engaged. But that’s just the start. Most leaders also want a return that doesn’t fade when the rah-rah rock star is gone and everyone is back with the grindstones pressed against their noses. They want a speaker who provides knowledge, tools, and techniques that actually improve the quality and success of the business. They want someone who gives them an advantage in things like leadership, strategy, customer service, and company culture.

If those are things you want, then Steve’s your man.


Ah, but we hear that voice in the back of your head that’s asking an all-so-relevant question: “What’s he gonna talk about?”

Steve is best known for teaching the concept of Extreme Leadership, a framework and methodology that’s been adopted by tens of thousands of people who’ve heard him speak and/or read his three bestselling books:

  • The Radical Leap – Steve’s first book uses a character-driven narrative to describe what it takes to become an Extreme Leader – someone who looks beyond traditional leadership concepts and displays Love, Energy, Audacity, and Proof. An Extreme Leader is someone who is unafraid to take a leap of faith and put their trust in others, shows Love to their employees, and fosters an organizational culture that drives long-lasting collaboration and success.
  • The Radical Edge – Steve’s second book builds on the first, using an engaging story to define the differences between an Extreme Leader and a traditional boss, along with the steps an individual can take to stoke success in their business, renew their passion for life, and make the world a better place — all at the same time.
  • Greater Than Yourself  – Steve’s third book outlines what it means to be a GTY leader and explains that the goal of a genuine leader is to help others — teammates, employees, and colleagues—become more capable, confident, and accomplished than they are themselves.

The heart of Steve’s message is that love is good business, or, as he puts it, “Do what you love in the service of people who love what you do.” But this isn’t soft and mushy stuff. It’s built on solid business principles that add value to the lives of your leaders and to the bottom line of your business – no matter what business you’re in.

Steve builds his presentations around four core themes that he customizes to fit the needs of each audience. He also delivers fresh, relevant content that leaders can immediately apply to their work. And his framework stands on its own as something your organization can adopt, but it also supports other proven frameworks, making it a secret sauce that supercharges any organization’s success.



  • Extreme Leadership – You probably know some folks who are into extreme sports, right? Maybe you’re one of them. You climb towering, flat-faced rocks or jump out of helicopters to ski remote slopes or find some other adrenaline-pumping way to put your life on the line. You don’t have to put your life on the line to be an Extreme Leader, but you do have to take risks and get way outside of your comfort zone. As Steve explains in this energizing presentation, an Extreme Leader never settles for second-best, remains passionate and fearless in completing everyday tasks, and is unafraid to make a mistake along the way.

    Steve helps you understand how you and your team can become Extreme Leaders who inspire others and drive dramatic cultural transformations. He does this by skillfully connecting business challenges to his LEAP framework – Love, Energy, Audacity, and Proof – to foster a culture of Extreme Leadership. He’ll help you and your team learn to embrace and manage fears; find Love in yourself and others and use the power of the heart to accomplish short- and long-term aspirations; increase engagement and collaboration; foster respect and loyalty among customers and employees; and stay passionate in your day-to-day activities.

  • Greater Than Yourself – When it comes to mentoring, Steve takes an extreme approach. No surprise there, right? As he shares in this presentation, there are times when leaders need to invest so much of themselves into a protégé that the pupil eventually becomes the master. Steve’s Greater Than Yourself presentation defines what it means to practice the “GTY” approach and teaches the steps you can take to get the best out of everyone on your team.

    As a business speaker, Steve understands the value of building a great leadership pipeline. So this isn’t about succession planning; it’s about creating a culture filled with Extreme Leaders who drive amazing results (which makes succession planning much easier). In this presentation, Steve teaches the tools to expand your personal abilities as an Extreme Leader; the power of giving away knowledge and other resources; and unique ways to replicate yourself.

  • Radical Accountability – Steve’s approach to accountability is non-traditional. You might say it’s … radical. His presentation teaches how accountability weaves its way through the four personal strategies of Extreme Leadership: Love, Energy, Audacity, and Proof. An Extreme Leader cultivates Love, and, thereby, ensures individuals can maximize their potential; generates Energy across all levels of the organization; inspires Audacity, which encourages the questions that drive a cultural transformation; and provides Proof behind his or her actions, which leads others to provide Proof for their actions, too.

    No matter how much you earn, how long you’ve been with your organization, or what title goes on your business card, you’re capable of driving change within your organization by becoming an Extreme Leader with Radical Accountability.

  • Working Without a Net – You know that dream where you’re giving a speech and you forgot your notes? For many business speakers, working without a script is like walking a tight rope without a net. For Steve, it’s simply an exercise in practicing what he preaches about Extreme Leadership.

    This off-the-cuff, audience-driven, interactive keynote allows Steve to do what he does best – teach the tenets of Extreme Leadership based on his personal know-how and experiences. And by working without a net during the presentation, he teaches the audiences some core principles about leading when the work script gets blown up. You know what that’s like, right? Something goes wrong and there is no backup plan, so you have to think quickly, lead with confidence, and get the job done with excellence. Extreme Leaders learn to trust themselves to make the best decisions possible and inspire change, especially when they have to work without a net.

    This is a great option for organizations that encourage employees to step outside their comfort zones. Remember, personal and professional hurdles can arise at any time or place, and they typically show up without an appointment. Steve’s presentation teaches you how to remain calm, cool, and collected under pressure so you can respond to challenges with confidence that inspires others.





If that’s not enough proof, here are 10 reasons why Steve is consider one of the top business speakers on the planet:
  • He has real-world experience – Steve has lived and led in the trenches, so he can relate sound business and leadership theories to the topic at hand and the experiences you and your team face.

  • He has a proven track record – Steve’s been at this for xx years and he has an impressive list of clients who willingly and enthusiastically vouch for his effectiveness from the stage.

  • He has a unique message – Steve offers a provocative message and a unique point of view. He finds fresh ways to bring timeless truths to new circumstances and new market conditions.

  • He provides actionable content – Steve steers clear of high-flying philosophy and gives you something you can use today.
  • He makes the complex simple – As Steve Jobs said, “Simple can be harder than complex: You have to work hard to get your thinking clean to make it simple. But it’s worth it in the end because once you get there, you can move mountains.” Steve (Farber) puts in the hard work it takes to simplify his framework so that it’s easy to understand and execute.
  • He’s relatable – Steve has a natural gift for connecting with others. Not only does his content connect with the values and needs of most audiences, but so does his personality and speaking style.
  • He provides follow-up resources – Steve’s initial presentations teach some important lessons, but he also offers additional resources that audiences go deeper into the content and use it more effectively.
  • He presents and facilitates – Steve puts on a great show from the stage, but he also draws the audience into the conversation and promotes discussion.
  • He’s put it in writing – Steve has refined his message into written forms, creating the excellence that comes with the precision writing things out. He has written three books and dozens of articles, which gives him credibility and provides resources you can use to study and reinforce his ideas.
  • He owns a funny bone – No audience wants to sit through a dry and academic presentation. Even very serious topics require a little relief. Steve has a unique ability to lighten the mood and make people smile and laugh.





Steve didn’t become one of the world’s top business speakers by accident. He’s earned it.
“Do What You Love in the Service of People Who Love What You Do”
– Steve Farber

Steve is best known for developing and sharing his Extreme Leadership framework and methodology. The concepts he now teaches are rooted in the experiences that began when we was running his own financial services company. He went on to become 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. He also founded the Extreme Leadership Institute and is a member of the Transformational Leadership Council.

Steve is an Extreme Leader in every sense and is happy to share his Extreme Leadership knowledge and insights with audiences as a business speaker. He maintains a strong commitment to Extreme Leadership that enables him to differentiate himself from other leadership coaches, and this commitment has helped him become a globally recognized leadership influencer.