Steve Heller, PCC
Bridging the gap between potential and performance
Steve Heller is a dynamic and committed Leadership Coach, who specializes in helping leaders achieve new levels of personal effectiveness. Steve is particularly interested in the power of clarity, consistency and constancy in driving performance breakthroughs in organizations. His clients have included corporate leaders, entrepreneurs, public sector leaders, educators, non-profit executives, attorneys, scientists, coaching students and established coaches, in functional areas such as: Corporate Management, Sales, Human Resources, Finance and Administration, Marketing, Operations, Legal and IT. In recent years, Steve has coached at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center, the Smithsonian Institution, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, the U.S. Departments of the Navy and the Army, the Internal Revenue Service, various agencies within the U.S. Intelligence Community (IC), the George Washington University World Executive MBA program, the Millennium Challenge Corporation, the Nuclear Energy Institute, the City of Alexandria (Virginia), the District of Columbia Bar, the National Cancer Institute, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), AARP, the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the American Nurses Association, the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Overseas Private Investment
With over 30 years of industry experience – for IT and telecommunications companies including Keane, McDonnell Douglas, British Telecom, Cincinnati Bell and Sprint – Steve’s skills in successfully managing change in times of turbulent market conditions derive from real-world experience. Throughout his years in executive and line-management positions, Steve developed a reputation as a first-rate sales leader. He is especially effective at linking team behaviors to bottom-line goals and coaching ndividuals with a combination of honesty, directness and a genuine commitment to their personal growth and success.
A member of the International Coach Federation (ICF), Steve served for many years on
the Board of Directors of its Washington, DC chapter (including a term as its President),
and holds an ICF Professional Certified Coach (PCC) credential. He obtained his
Certificate in Leadership Coaching from Georgetown University, and also holds a
Bachelor of Engineering Science degree from the Johns Hopkins University and a Master
of Science in Engineering degree from the University of Pennsylvania. A lifelong
learner, Steve has studied new leadership paradigms with Dr. Margaret Wheatley,
leadership agility with Dr. Bill Joiner and presence-based coaching with Doug Silsbee.
Steve is certified and/or experienced in the application of a variety of assessment
instruments, including PPI’s Clark Wilson series of 360 feedback surveys, the EQ Map
emotional intelligence profile, the DISC personality inventory, Lominger’s Leadership
Architect framework and Voices 360, the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI), the
Booth Leadership EQ 360 (LEQ), the Denison Leadership Development Survey and the
Kouzes | Posner Leadership Practices Inventory (LPI).
Steve serves as an Adjunct Faculty member for Georgetown University’s Leadership
Coaching Certificate Program. In addition, he is a member of the team of coaches that
provides professional coaching to TED Fellows, via the Harnisch Foundation’s
SupporTED program. Steve is also a member of the Global Sufficiency Network, the
ICF’s Leadership Coaching Community of Practice, the Growth Edge Network and the
DCASTD/CBODN Coaching Special Interest Group (SIG).
Steve contributed a chapter titled “The Case for Cultivating Present-Moment Self-Awareness
in Leaders and Coaches” to Christine Wahl, Clarice Scriber, and Beth Bloomfield, eds. On
Becoming a Leadership Coach: A Holistic Approach to Coaching Excellence. Second ed. New
York, NY: Palgrave Macmillan, 2013.
He resides in Lorton, Virginia (a suburb of Washington, DC) with his wife Joan, and has
two grown children and two granddaughters, about each of whom he will proudly boast
with the slightest provocation.