Dr. Ed Brenegar works with organizational leaders to expand their leadership impact and the productivity of their organization through the creation of cultures of trust and leadership initiative.

Speaking Topics

The Power of Personal Initiative:

All leadership begins with personal initiative. It creates an impact that makes a differences that matters. It elevates the confidence of people to act upon their values and the purpose of their organizations. Taking personal initiative overcomes fear and insecurity to build teams and organizations of trust and integrity.


The Circle of Impact:

The leadership of organizations is becoming more personal and social. The Circle of Impact is a model that provides a platform for expanding leadership impact through a focus on the initiative that each person can take to make a difference, and to see the company as whole, through shared values and purpose. The Circle of Impact is a practical guide to transforming an organization stuck in outdated models of operation and leadership into a vital, adaptive company of leaders. Ed brings a practical and inspiring message of hope for the future of organizations.

Why Book Ed?

Ed is a change management specialist

and thought leader who uses his expertise to improve the functioning of your organization resulting in increased profitability and employee productivity.

Ed is the creator of the Circle of Impact Leadership Model

and its Chief Initiator in inspiring leaders and their organizations to implement this proven method in transforming the outcomes of both organizations and individuals.

Ed is a solution-oriented, organizational collaborator

who utilizes values as assets for positive change. He helps businesses develop cultures of trust in order to be a leader rich organization.

With a theological degree in leadership and ethics

Ed brings an enlightening perspective to your organization as he focuses on collaborating with your team and facilitating unprecedented results.


I have worked with Ed for almost 3 years. His process and results could not have been better and Ed gained the confidence, appreciation and trust of the team and executives. Because of his great work on this engagement we brought him back to be a coach for our executive team to help us build stronger and more effective relationships across the team.

Dan McCabe
Chief Administrative Officer at CareSource Management Group

Ed has served to inspire and lead in ways that transform outcomes to the benefit of the organization. Not only was his coaching inspirational, it was motivational, causing those participating to reach for the stars. Aligning with Ed will be a truly enriching experience that results in fulfillment of purpose.

Kent Adcock
CEO Habitat for Humanity Lake-Sumter, Florida

I consider Ed a thought leader, and everyone who has heard him speak or read his writing also knows this. I've participated in several panels with Ed, and he has remarkable ideas that are informed by a greater context of history and our current situation. He is a man who stands out. Ed has a mission in life to help others and a curiosity for the cutting edge.

Ty Hallock
Chief Technology Officer, Trusted Sharing

Ed is an authentic leader who presents compelling and effective examinations of leadership, with results you can implement immediately.

Shannon Knapp
Executive Director, Horse Sense of the Carolinas, Inc.

Leadership Training

Circle of Impact Executive Leadership Training and Retreats:

This program utilizes the Circle of Impact Leadership Model to provide executives a fresh perspective on the functioning of their organization. The program can be easily customized to help an organizational leadership team address the range of challenges that they are facing.

Circle of Impact Leadership Training for Managers and Supervisors:

One of the great challenges for supervisors and managers is in working with their direct reports and work teams to expand their capacity in problem solving, process innovation and collaboration. The Circle of Impact Leadership Model training focuses on creating a culture of values where personal initiative for impact can be developed in people at all levels of a company. This training can be custom designed to work within current systems of supervision and evaluation.

Bring Ed into your organization to begin the Circle of Impact Training and implementing a fresh perspective and dynamic for your organization.

Who is Dr. Ed Brenegar?

Creator of the Circle of Impact Leadership Model, leadership speaker, master storyteller, change-agent and thought leader, Dr. Ed Brenegar has dedicated the last three decades to being a leader for leaders.

A dynamic thinker and motivator, Ed inspires people to take personal initiative to create leadership impact. He shows how to strategically expand the leadership impact of organizations through his Circle of Impact Leadership Model.

With a wide experience in leading and consulting with organizations, Ed understands how we are in many ways in transition, requiring new tools for decision-making, problem solving, planning, collaboration and evaluation to meet the challenges of sustainable profitability and productivity.

With a doctoral degree in Leadership and Ethics, Ed has thought deeply and practically about the nature of leadership in organizations today. His fresh perspective, formalized in the Circle of Impact, provides executive leaders a means to see the whole of their organization in a time of change.

Five Steps to Get the Best From Your People

Whether you are a small business person or a corporate executive, being about to get the best work out of your people is one of the most challenging aspects of leadership. It takes more than attractive compensation packages and inspirational pep talks. It takes creating a culture of trust that unites people together around a common desire to give their best. Here are five steps any leader can take to build a relationship of trust with their team.

Believe in them, so they will believe in themselves.

Every person that works for you has something to teach you. If you are open to learning from them they will gain the confidence to do their best work as partners with you.

Free them to do their best work.

Don’t micro-manage them. To do so sends two messages. Your lack of confidence in them. And, your lack of confidence in yourself. Remember people can smell the fear in leaders, and will respond accordingly. Be clear in expectations. Let them do it.”

Trust them. 

Trust is hard to win, easy to lose. Trust everyone until you have a real reason not to. Be constant and consistent in trusting them. Train and supervise with trust in mind and a culture of trust will grow.

Thank them personally.

Gratitude is not a reward. It is appreciation. It is hard to be grateful if you don’t know them personally, by name, and what their work for the company is. Gratitude has its greatest impact when it is least expected. Making it personal, makes it real.

Honor them.

This is part gratitude, but more the way you treat both individuals and teams with dignity and respect. Remember, they don’t work for you, but for your customers. You work for them to create an environment of belief, freedom, trust and gratitude that enables them to do their best work. This is what leaders do.

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Leading Questions is where I reflect deeply on the nature of leadership in organizations and society for almost two decades.