Leo Bottary

Leo J. Bottary is Vice President, Peer Influence for Vistage and an adjunct professor for two of Seton Hall University’s graduate level programs in strategic communication and leadership.  Leo has enjoyed a 25-year career counseling leaders in the areas of strategic communication planning, crisis communication, brand building, business development, and client service. He has served in senior leadership roles at Mullen and Hill & Knowlton, where he was also director of client service for the US. In 1995, he founded an award-winning public relations agency that a leading industry trade publication hailed as a regional powerhouse, new media pioneer, and great place to work. He sold the firm in 2000. Prior to starting his PR agency, Leo was president of the PR subsidiary for Florida’s largest advertising agency. He earned a B.A. from Jacksonville University,  an M.A. in Strategic Communication and Leadership from Seton Hall University, and is pursuing an Ed.D., with a concentration in Organization Leadership from Northeastern University.

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My Favorite Peer Leadership Story

My Favorite Peer Leadership Story

Before I start, let me share why it’s my favorite peer leadership story.  It happened more than 20 years ago and features my daughter, who Read More

The Next Hot Leadership Topic

The Next Hot Leadership Topic

We talk about leaders, followers, and the relationship between them, yet it’s our peers (the people we surround ourselves with), who so often are the Read More

Why Peer Advisory Groups Work

Why Peer Advisory Groups Work

Many of you may know that in addition to my work at Vistage, I serve as an adjunct professor for Seton Hall University’s Master Read More

So Who Really Invented Peer Advisory Groups?

So Who Really Invented Peer Advisory Groups?

If someone were to ask you who invented X, Y or Z, and you guessed Ben Franklin, odds are you could be right. Turns out, Read More

Peer Diversity is Not an Oxymoron

Peer Diversity is Not an Oxymoron

To explain this, it may be worth taking a few moments to define the term peer. The dictionary.com definitions are as follows: 1) a Read More

The Language of Peer Influence

The Language of Peer Influence

Idioms in every language unite cultures the world over.  They underscore what people intuitively understand about their socially constructed reality.  And in the English language, Read More

Vistage Executive Summits Inspire Peernovation

Vistage Executive Summits Inspire Peernovation

Vistage is now about halfway through its 2014 Vistage Executive Summit schedule. The events have been a resounding success as business leaders from every Read More

Want to Innovate?  Get Mad!

Want to Innovate? Get Mad!

Before I get started, let’s put the word mad in context.  If you look at the dictionary definition of the word and its synonyms, you’ll Read More

Innovation and The Painted Picture

Innovation and The Painted Picture

Cameron Herold, former COO of 1-800-Got-Junk, is an author, speaker and coach who says if you want to drive innovation in your organization, it’s essential Read More

Innovation and the Fine Art of Small Talk!

Innovation and the Fine Art of Small Talk!

Who better to talk about the “Fine Art of Small Talk” than Debra Fine herself?  Speaking to a group of 500 CEOs, business owners, and Read More

5 Questions That Will Transform Your Brand

5 Questions That Will Transform Your Brand

At today’s Vistage Executive Summit in Seattle, Will Novy and Emily Brew co-presented to a crowd of 500 business owners, CEOs, and their key Read More

The Innovation Dilemma

The Innovation Dilemma

According to Yahoo! Finance columnist Rick Newman, “Seems everyone talks about innovation, but not everyone knows what it means.”  Today, at the Vistage Executive Read More

Brian Solis and the Kodak Moment

Brian Solis and the Kodak Moment

During the early ’90s, commercials which defined life as a series of “Kodak moments” sold the importance of capturing those oh so precious snapshots of Read More

Vistage CEO Doubles-Down on Kidz and Seance Programs

Vistage CEO Doubles-Down on Kidz and Seance Programs

Vistage CEO Leon Shapiro revealed a piece of stunning news today about the role the Vistage Kidz and Vistage Seance programs, which were rolled Read More

Innovation: Insights to Invoices

Innovation: Insights to Invoices

Yesterday, Sekou Andrews offered a wonderfully simple, yet brilliant definition of innovation as no else could – “Insights to Invoices!”  Using his signature poetic voice Read More

The Innovation Diet

The Innovation Diet

Marshall Goldsmith, author of dozens of books including What Got you Here, Won’t Get You There, once quipped that as popular as his Read More

Innovation, Innocence and Wisdom

Innovation, Innocence and Wisdom

This past week, we held the first in a series of 20 events that will crisscross the country in 2014 called the Vistage Executive Summits: Read More

Do You Put the “No” in Innovation?

Do You Put the “No” in Innovation?

This is a healthy question all leaders should ask themselves from time to time.  Most leaders I know love to think of themselves as innovators.  Read More

Want to Innovate?  Step Outside Your Industry Matrix

Want to Innovate? Step Outside Your Industry Matrix

As part of my exploration into the topic of innovation, I came across some notes I had written about a TED talk from 2008 by Read More

Innovation Begins by Asking the Right Questions

Innovation Begins by Asking the Right Questions

When a product falls flat in the marketplace or a new process misses the mark, it’s highly likely that the solution wasn’t necessarily bad.  It’s Read More

Innovation is About Risk and Failure

Innovation is About Risk and Failure

Last week at my Vistage meeting, I had the good fortune of hearing Gustavo Grodnitsky speak on the topic of understanding and motivating the millennial Read More

How Do You Define Innovation?

How Do You Define Innovation?

The dictionary offers a rather unsatisfying definition of innovation.  You’ll find phrases such as “something new or different being introduced” or  “the creation of new Read More

Why Business Leaders Should Pay Attention to PISA Scores

Why Business Leaders Should Pay Attention to PISA Scores

Note: In 2014, my blog will focus on the topic of innovation.  Since the primary source of innovation in the future will likely come from Read More

Your Leadership Style: Newton or Einstein?

Your Leadership Style: Newton or Einstein?

Earlier this week, I watched an excerpt from a presentation Itay Talgam gave to an audience of about a thousand people at the Vistage 2013 Read More

Accountability or Responsibility?

Accountability or Responsibility?

I’ve been reading a number of articles recently about the Finnish School system, which as you may know is regarded among the finest in the Read More