Erika Andersen Profile

  • Founding partner of Proteus, a leadership firm that provides coaching, consulting, and support to all levels of business.

  • On Forbes' list of the most popular leadership bloggers.

  • Her informative and practical keynotes share strengthening insights to business owners, managers, and employees throughout the corporate sphere.
  • For more than three decades, Erika Andersen has been providing customized corporate coaching that focuses on preparing leaders at all levels for future challenges. She is the founding partner of Proteus, the coaching, consulting and training firm that has a dedicated focus on leadership readiness.

    In recent years Erika has served as a consultant and adviser to the CEOs and high-ranking executives of many prestigious companies, focusing on organizational visioning, strategy, executive coaching and management and leadership development. Among many others, clients have included NBC Universal, Gannett Corporation, Rockwell Automation, Turner Broadcasting, General Electric and Madison Square Garden.

    Erika has shared her expertise in a number of books and learning guides which have been translated into many languages. Her books include Leading So People Will Follow, Being Strategic: Plan for Success and Growing Great Employees: Turning Ordinary People into Extraordinary Performers.One of the most popular business bloggers at, her insights have featured in publications such as The Wall Street Journal, Fortune and The New York Times, among many others. She also writes and hosts Being Strategic with Erica Andersen on public television.

    • View Extended/Alternate Bio

      Erika Andersen is the founding partner of Proteus, a coaching, consulting and training firm that focuses on leader readiness. Over the past 30 years, Erika has developed a reputation for creating approaches to learning and business-building that are custom tailored to her clients’ challenges, goals, and culture. She and her colleagues at Proteus focus uniquely on supporting leaders at all levels to get ready and stay ready to meet whatever the future might bring.

      Much of her recent work has focused on organizational visioning and strategy, executive coaching, and management and leadership development. In these capacities she serves as consultant and advisor to the CEOs and top executives of a number of corporations, including NBC Universal, Gannett Corporation, Rockwell Automation, Turner Broadcasting, GE, Union Square Hospitality Group, and Madison Square Garden.

      She also shares her insights about managing people and creating successful businesses by speaking to corporations, non-profit groups and national associations. Her books and learning guides have been translated into Spanish, Turkish, German, French, Russian and Chinese, and she has been quoted in a variety of national publications, including The Wall Street Journal, Fortune and The New York Times. Erika is also one of the most popular business bloggers at She is the author of Leading So People Will Follow (Jossey-Bass), Being Strategic: Plan for Success; Outthink Your Competitors; Stay Ahead of Change (St. Martin’s Press), and Growing Great Employees: Turning Ordinary People into Extraordinary Performers (Portfolio), and the author and host of Being Strategic with Erika Andersen on Public Television.

    Erika Andersen Speaking Videos

    Bring Erika Andersen to Speak Live at Your Event


    Check Speaker Availability

    Erika Andersen's Speech Descriptions

    Prominent leadership readiness expert Erika Andersen offers a series of keynote speeches that address the skills that leaders need to develop today to be ready for tomorrow. She offers valuable insights into people management, based on her book Growing Great Employees. Audiences will be intrigued and influenced by her exposition of the theory of people management being a valuable business builder.

    In a rapidly changing business environment, Erika shows that there are practical and learnable skills that can help you to create strategies that make the future an opportunity rather than a challenge. She can provide you with a practical approach to assess where your career is now, where you want to go and how to get there.

    Erika also provides keynotes that will allow you to better understand how to bridge gaps between yourself and others, and how to segue that into good leadership. She can explain the characteristics of a good leader and how you can find those characteristics within yourself.

    The Art of Being a Great Boss
    An introduction to the “what, why and how” of people management in the form of an interactive overview of the key points of Growing Great Employees. It is primarily for those who have responsibility for others’ success--managers, executives, business owners, team leaders, project managers, and entrepreneurs. Participants will be provided with a big-picture sense of people management as a valuable business builder, and insights into some key elements of doing it well.  Participants will leave wanting to find out more about how to manage well. 

    Leading Through Change: Being the Leader Employees Will Follow
    Erika explores how corporate culture changes, what people look for from their leaders, and how to be that kind of leader during times of change. It is primarily for those who have responsibility for building organizations and creating organization change--senior managers and executives, business owners, and senior HR staff. This speech gives participants a practical understanding of how to create culture change in their organizations, and how to lead their people successfully through those changes.

    How Great Bosses Think
    Erika offers insight into the mental habits and skills that distinguish great people leaders.  This presentation provides practical guidelines for developing the mindset of a coach.  It is useful for anyone who wants to have more control over his or her own “mental monologue”; especially useful for anyone who helps others grow--supervisors to executives, team or project leaders, HR staff, and leaders.  Participants will learn how to “get out of their own way” by understanding and changing the habits of thought that inhibit their success as managers and leaders. 

    Being Strategic:  Skills for Mastering the Future
    This presentation demystifies the idea of being strategic, so that next time someone tells you to ”be more strategic,” you′ll know just what to do.  It is appropriate for anyone who’s interested in having more control over his or her own destiny.  Participants will be provided with an approach to being more strategic that includes a practical and learnable set of skills for most effectively moving toward their desired outcomes.

    Social Style: Making Differences Work
    An introduction to a simple yet powerful model for better understanding yourself and those with whom you work.  It is suitable for anyone who needs to work well with a wide variety of colleagues. Participants are given a new and more productive way to think about the differences between themselves and others--and to bridge those gaps.

    Chieftains: How People Choose Their Leaders
    Explores an archetype-based model for understanding what people look for in those who lead them, and how to develop those qualities in yourself as a leader.  It is most useful for those who aspire to be leaders, especially those who are already in leadership positions.  Erika provides insight and ideas for developing those personal characteristics most essential to good leadership.

    Organizational Influence: Managing Up and Out
    Takes the skills of people management and turns them up and out, focusing on how to create better relationships with peers and senior executives. It is for anyone who wants to improve his or her organizational relationships; especially useful for those who already manage others and want to extend their organizational influence. Participants will receive valuable understanding and ideas for building strong, positive relationships throughout their organizations.

    Your Hoped-for Future: Getting Clear about What’s Best for You
    This presentation focuses on a set of key questions for clarifying where you want to take your career. Anyone who’s wondering how to decide where to go in life will find this speech helpful. Erika provides a practical approach for determining where you are now, what you want professionally, and where to look for it. 

    Erika Andersen on Speaking

    I want my audience to take away a greater clarity concerning the possibilities in their lives…

    SPEAKING.COM: What do you want people to learn/take away from your presentations?

    ANDERSEN: Whatever the topic, I want my audience to take away a greater clarity concerning the possibilities in their lives, the curiosity to try out the new ways of behaving or thinking that we’ve talked about, and confidence in their capability to learn and grow.

    SPEAKING.COM: What kind of special prep work do you do prior to an event? How do you prepare for your speaking engagements?

    ANDERSEN: I try to understand as much as I can about the audience and their needs and expectations. Then I make sure, with the event organizers, that my topic and approach are aligned with those expectations. Finally I think through my content, my supporting visuals or materials, and my delivery to ensure that the participants will leave feeling illuminated, strengthened and trusting as well as excited about moving forward.

    SPEAKING.COM: What types of audiences would most benefit from your message?

    ANDERSEN: My core audience is managers and leaders at all levels, but more broadly, I can provide value to all professionals who are interested in growing, breaking through limitations, and succeeding in a world of rapid change and continual disruption.

    Our brains react differently to the three-dimensionality of storytelling vs. cold facts.

    SPEAKING.COM: How much do case studies, personal stories and/or humor factor into your keynote speech content?

    ANDERSEN: I’m a big fan of real-life stories and anecdotes: our brains react differently to the three-dimensionality of storytelling vs. cold facts. Moreover, humor can create a wonderful bond that makes learning more fun and new ideas easier to consider.

    SPEAKING.COM: What are some of the successes you’ve helped clients achieve?

    ANDERSEN: Many of our clients have been working with us for more than a decade – some for more than two. We’ve helped thousands of individuals become better and more followable leaders, many of whom have been promoted to bigger and more responsible roles. We’ve worked with hundreds of management teams to craft a clear vision for the future of their company and achieve that vision; we’ve supported the overall growth of dozens of companies from entrepreneurial start-ups to Fortune 50 global enterprises.

    We’re very proud of the work we do, and of the clients we have. I love sharing what I’ve discovered over the past 30 years with audiences, because it enables me to support their success in some of the same ways. Exclusive Interview with Erika Andersen
    Becoming a Leader that People will Follow
    In this interview, Erika Andersen discusses:
  • The characteristics of effective leaders.
  • How to get out of your own way on the path to success.
  • Five guidelines to become a great manager of people.
    Read the Full Interview
  • "Given a moderate amount of innate capacity and a real desire to grow, most people can learn to be reasonably good leaders."
    - Erika Andersen

    What People are Saying about Seeing Erika Speak

    Rating Entries

    “[Erika’s] vision and strategy process helps us get our heads around complex issues in a way that’s unusually simple…[to make] our aspirations practical and build a clear path to achieving them.”
    Doug Herzog, President, MTV Networks Entertainment Group

    “When I described our most recent restructuring plan to a friend – a seasoned and successful financial professional – he was certain we must have hired McKinsey & Co. to help us think things through. Wrong. It was Erika Andersen.”
    Danny Meyer, President, Union Square Hospitality Group

    “Erika has a wonderful gift and talent for taking the essence of things and expressing them in a simple, yet powerful way.”
    Peter Block, Author of Flawless Consulting and Founder of Designed Learning

    Have You Seen this Speaker? Leave a Star Rating.

    Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

    Books by Erika Andersen:

    Leading So People Will Follow
    In this much-anticipated book, respected leadership coach and popular Forbes blogger Erika Andersen explores the six leadership characteristics that inspire followers to fully support their leaders. Using Andersen’s proven approach, new leaders and veterans alike have increased their capacity for leading in a way that creates loyalty, commitment, and results.

    Being Strategic: Plan for Success; Out-think Your Competitors; Stay Ahead of Change
    How many times have you sat in a meeting and heard someone say, “We’re not being very strategic” or “We need to approach this more strategically”? If your organization is like most, everyone in the meeting nods wisely, the meeting drones on, people endlessly debate how to approach the situation at hand, and no one is the wiser as to what “strategic” really means. Next time, say this: “Being strategic means consistently making those core directional choices that will best move us toward our hoped-for future. Is this what we’re doing?”

    Everybody talks about strategy, but there is a big gap between discussing strategy and using a practically strategic approach to achieving the business, the career, or the life you most want.

    Growing Great Employees: Turning Ordinary People into Extraordinary Performers
    How to develop an all-star staff, even if you don’t know the first thing about managing

    “Your employees are, like you and me, flawed and hopeful human beings whose success is at least partly dependent on your skill as a manager, human beings who will thrive with skillful and consistent attention and wither without it.”

    Erika Andersen has helped some of the best-managed companies in the world develop their employees. Now she explains how to stay ahead of the competition by investing in your people.

    Be Bad First: Get Good at Things Fast to Stay Ready for the Future

    In Be Bad First, Erika Andersen proposes that success today depends on our ability to acquire new skills and knowledge quickly and continuously – and she offers a practical approach for becoming that kind of high-payoff learner.

    Related Speakers


    Need help filling the seats at your next meeting / event?

    Call us / email us / check availability and fee for your favorite speaker.

    Get in touch
    Call us: (760) 656-8770
    Toll free in the US: (877) 717-5327