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Great Leadership Starts with Open Hearted Conversations

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Great Leadership Starts with Open Hearted Conversations

Two of the world's top CEO coaches invite you to a private conversation to bring out the best in yourself and your teams by Leading with Heart.

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Leading with Heart is about results.

What do you need to feel creative? What fears are holding you back? What do you really want?

These are questions we might expect from a friend or loved one, but not from our boss at a fast-growth start-up Fortune 500 company. Yet, according to two veteran executive coaches, these are exactly the kinds of conversations truly transformational leaders are having every day to get world-class results out of themselves, their teams, and their organizations.

After thousands of hours of interviews and coaching sessions with leaders of many of the world’s most prominent firms, authors John Baird and Edward Sullivan found that top leaders don’t adhere to simple formulas and performance hacks. Instead, they discovered that these leaders help people unlock their creativity, purpose, and results by having conversations that make them feel productive, safe and appreciated.

No matter where you are in your career, this book is your launch point to becoming a more impactful and inspiring leader. By encouraging you to ignore outdated “leadership hacks” and embrace introspection, growth, and real connection, Leading with Heart guides you to ask the right questions, to have the hard conversations, and to create an authentic personal leadership style that brings out the best in those around you.

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is one of the premier executive coaches in Silicon Valley. Over the past 25 years, he has worked with the top leaders at dozens of start-ups and Fortune 500 firms like Apple, Nike, and Twitter and has founded several companies, including ExecutivEdge and Velocity Coaching, where he is currently Chairman. He also serves as a Fellow at Sapphire Ventures and on various nonprofit boards. John holds a PhD in Organizational Communication and Leadership from Purdue University.

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is the CEO & Managing Partner at Velocity Coaching. His twenty-five-year career as an executive coach and political consultant has taken him around the globe coaching and advising start-up founders, Fortune 500 CEOs, and heads of state of foreign nations. His work has been featured in The New York Times, The Washington Post, Forbes, Fast Company, INC., USA Today and more. He holds an MBA from the Wharton School and an MPA from the Harvard Kennedy School.

Through their company Velocity Coaching, a leading global executive coaching firm, they work with top executives at companies like Apple, DoorDash, Geico, Harry’s, MasterClass, and Sweetgreen.

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Leading with Heart

is essential reading for anyone who wants to transform the culture, purpose, and impact of their organization through more powerful and authentic conversations.”


, Dean, Trinity College of Arts and Sciences, Duke University

"Written by two world class coaches of iconic companies,

Leading with Heart

is unlike any leadership book written – a must read for anyone wanting to take their company or leadership to the next level.”


, Amazon Board Director, Former Apple Executive (aka "The Podfather"), Former CEO Palm Inc.

"Required reading for any leader looking to scale their business and get results.”


, CEO, DoorDash


Leading with Heart

puts you in the room for a private conversation with two masterful coaches that helped build MasterClass and dozens more of the best companies of the last 20 years.”


, CEO, MasterClass


Leading with Heart

will make you a better leader, colleague, and human. Drawing on their years of experience advising leadership teams, Edward and John share surprising insights and practical tools to help you master the skills needed to build a winning team in the post-pandemic world: more empathy, more curiosity, more awareness. Read this book and your heart will grow."


, Physicist, entrepreneur, bestselling author of Loonshots

"Filled with resonant stories and practical insights,

Leading with Heart

takes readers inside many of today's hottest companies to explore what has made them so successful—heart-open leadership. This book is instructive for anyone trying to build a more inclusive company culture and have more impactful conversations in every area of their life.”


, Chief People Officer SweetGreen, former CPO SoulCycle & Global HR Operations Starbucks