CoachXConversation: Peter Bregman on Leading with Emotional Courage

August 3, 2022 - 12:00pm to 12:30pm

Based on his book Leading with Emotional Courage: How to Have Hard Conversations, Create Accountability, and Inspire Action on Your Most Important Work, bestselling author Peter Bregman unlocks the secrets of highly successful leaders – no matter their role or level in the hierarchy – and pinpoints the missing ingredient that makes all the difference: emotional courage.

Emotional courage distinguishes powerful leaders from weak ones. It means speaking up when others are silent and remaining steadfast, grounded and measured in the face of uncertainty. It means responding productively to political opposition—maybe even bad-faith backstabbing—without getting sidetracked, distracted or losing your focus.

In this engaging and interactive talk, Peter shows audiences:

  • Why emotional courage is important, and examples of its power
  • Why the best leaders have confidence in themselves, the ability to connect with others, and commitment to a purpose – and how emotional courage is the key to unlocking all of those factors
  • What it feels like—experientially through fun and effective exercises—to have emotional courage
  • How to use emotional courage to initiate hard conversations, create accountability, and inspire focused action on your most important work.

This speech is a guide for becoming a great leader. A leader who has the power to speak with courage to align teams, inspire action, and achieve stellar results.


Peter helps successful people become exceptional leaders and stellar human beings.
Recognized as the #1 executive coach in the world by Leading Global Coaches, Peter focuses on high-performance CEO coaching and CEO succession in many of the world’s premier organizations, including Applied Materials, Twilio, Electronic Arts, CBS, Mars, Citi, Showtime, AMC Networks, and numerous VC-backed startups. 
“I had some major challenges around company politics, which Peter helped me navigate. He was nothing short of brilliant. He’s been extraordinarily helpful to me in finding approaches and tactics that work. Peter calls me brilliant for executing them, but the brilliance really came from Peter’s insights in helping me think things through.” —Brian Gaffney, CEO, Allianz Global Investors (While working with Peter, turned an annual loss of $30MM into an annual gain of $140MM.) 

Peter is ranked as a Top 30 thought leader by Thinkers 50 Radar, one of the Top 8 Thought  Leaders in Leadership and one of the top 30 best leadership speakers/trainers in the world. He is the award-winning, best selling author of 5 books, including 18 Minutes: Find Your Focus, Master Distraction, and Get the Right Things Done, which was a WSJ bestseller, winner of the Gold medal from the Axiom Business Book awards, named the best business book of the year by NPR and Leading with Emotional Courage: How to Have Hard Conversations, Create Accountability, and Inspire Action on Your Most Important Work. He is a regular contributor to the Harvard Business Review, and his articles and commentary appear frequently in BusinessWeek, Fast Company, Psychology Today, Forbes, PBS, ABC, CNN, NPR, and FOX Business News.  

“Peter helped me see myself clearly: what I was good at, where the gaps were, and the best path  forward to become the leader I needed to be. We’ve worked hard at turning me into an inspiring leader, which is not something I’m naturally good at, but which turned out to be crucial to my ability to lead the changes that needed to happen.” —Don Kania, CEO, FEI Company (While working with Peter, grew  revenue from $300M to over $1 billion and share price from $19 to $107.) 

Peter works with successful people to help them lead in challenging situations and live better lives. 

“Working with Peter has marked a breakthrough point in my career and personal life.” —Juan Martin, CEO, KIND and Nature’s Bakery.
Peter earned his B.A. from Princeton University and his M.B.A. from Columbia University. He can be reached at [email protected].