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A day in the life of the president of the Lincoln Leadership Institute
Gettysburg PA, January 1, 2009 — “His voice resonates with vibrant passion,” writes reporter Adam Kulikowski in the January-February issue of Celebrate Gettysburg. “It fills any room he presides and fills the minds of those in attendance. At 6 foot 3 inches, The Lincoln Leadership Institute at Gettysburg President Steven Wiley’s stature in business and in person commands attention.”
And so begins a thoughtful article about the successes and failures that helped Wiley learn firsthand about what it means to be a true leader in the world of business. For as those who have heard Wiley speak know — his first company, an exterior restoration business, grew from a $50,000 start-up to a multi-million-dollar organization with more than 130 offices in three countries. But in 1989, he lost $4.5 million.
“I grew [the company] too fast,” he admits in the article. “I think greed came into it. If I got a big project, I would open a new office.”
For two years Wiley suffered through that failure, but like a phoenix rose again. The insight and perspective that comes from the school of hard knocks enables him to help leaders from some of the largest corporations and organizations in America.
“These are some fun and exciting days,” Wiley tells Kulikowski. “The truth is I’m not working, I’m having a ball.”
Read the entire interview here: www.celebrategettysburg.com.