Business leaders - what’s holding you back from reaching your full leadership potential?

Our executive coaching will help you overcome the hidden obstacles to your success.

“In working with Robert I was able to learn to become an effective delegatior that was critical to my success in my new position. His coaching uncovered how I was unconsciously putting the “brakes” on my delegating effectively, despite my best efforts.”

Dan M.

Senior Director of Operations, Technology Company

Something isn’t working in your attempts to lead you in ways that are critical to your career and organization’s success.

You’re a successful business leader who’s taken on new responsibilities to grow your team or organization and you must step-up to become a more effective leader.

To meet these new demands you’ve read books, articles, taken classes, seminars, and workshops with little or no sustainable progress despite years of proven leadership success, smarts and commitment.

You’re frustrated. What’s going on here? Is it a lack of willpower or a character flaw of yours that just can’t change?

At Next Step Leadership Coaching we use the innovative Immunity to Change coaching approach that will help you become the great leader you aspire to be.

You will experience more expansive benefits—doing things you never thought possible before.

“What a great – and effective – experience! Robert’s coaching helped me identify the hidden beliefs that had kept me from communicating to others with greater candor and openness … I highly recommend Robert’s coaching for anyone wanting to increase their communication effectiveness.”

Christine D.

Director of HR, Major University

You are facing one or more of these challenges

You're “stuck in the weeds”

You feel mired in day-to-day—unable to feel like you’re making real progress. I can help you get “out of the weeds“ so you can focus on the big, important challenges.

Your team isn't effective

Your team members are out of step with one another. And you can’t get them in-step—despite your best effort. I can help you get your team aligned and moving in the same direction for better results.

You're feeling uncertain

You’ve been chosen to head up a new initiative, but you’re not sure how to move forward. I can help you feel certain.

You're not sure how to move up

You want to step-up to a bigger role, but you’re not sure how to get there. I can help you identify what beliefs and behaviors you need to let go of and new ones you need to adopt necessary for the next level. 

You're not understood

You’re having a difficulty getting your point across with your reports, peers, boss or customers. I can help you learn how to communicate with greater influence and impact.

You're new—and finding it difficult

You or someone on your team is new and having difficulties getting up to speed. I can help you get on track as well as improve the onboarding process for someone in a new role.

Overcome your hidden obstacles to success

You can’t solve something you can’t see

The Immunity to Change coaching process addresses a leader’s internal hidden barriers to self-improvement. It’s based on the breakthrough discovery by Robert Kegan and Lisa Lahey of Harvard university. It addresses how your resistance to change can reside in strongly-held, hidden commitments and beliefs that have you put the “brakes” on your best efforts to take your leadership to the next level.

Unlock your full leadership potential

A plan designed for you

My approach is tailored to your specific situation. I start with a 360° assessment to understand your unique circumstances. I work with you to set measurable goals and build a customized development plan to get there

We'll focus on the "biggest win"

We’ll identify the “one big” issue” that will generate the biggest win for you to step-up to the next level of effectiveness. Our focus is always on achieving business results and addressing your most pressing needs.

One-on-one and confidential

Through a one-on-one, confidential relationship, you’ll learn about your strengths and areas for improvement. You’ll develop new strategies, outlooks and skills to successfully tackle the leadership challenges before you.

Gain new insights on which you can build success

Coaching provides a rare and valuable opportunity to gain fresh insights. It lets you experiment with new ways of thinking and acting to achieve new levels of performance.

Take focused risks

You take focused risks which are intentional, specific actions that are inconsistent with your immunity to change.

Identify unproductive assumptions

By identifying your limiting assumptions that hold you back, you can begin to move beyond them.

See the world differently

The world may work differently than you imagine. By seeing things differently, new possibilities emerge.

What to expect

  • In our initial meeting, we’ll create a schedule of coaching sessions (10-12 ninety minute meetings, every 2 or 3 weeks).
  • A 6 month custom program that is designed for you.
  • All communication will be maintained in the strictest confidence.
  • Coaching sessions can be in-person and/or on the phone as appropriate.
  • You’ll spend approximately one hour a week either on homework or meeting with me for a coaching session.

I’ve helped leaders from these companies to get to next level of leadership effectiveness.

Who is most likely to benefit from Next Step Leadership Coaching?

I have found common traits below that distinguish those leaders with whom I can produce the best results.  If these traits speak to you, there is a strong probability that I can help you build the leadership capacity you need to step-up to next level of success.

  • Open & honest
  • Open to feedback
  • Willing to question your own beliefs and assumptions
  • Keep your development plan a top priority
  • Talk about what’s important to you
  • Do your homework to extend the learning beyond the coaching session
  • Make the time and space for reflection
  • Focus on yourself
Robert Demaree, Executive Coaching Expert, Next Step Leadership Coaching

About Next Step Leadership Coaching

I’m passionate about supporting leaders and their teams taking the next step in reaching their highest potential. I bring over 22 years of experience working with a wide variety of clients.

I get results for my clients by:

  • Observing them
  • Directing them into new behavioral practices
  • Pointing out bad habits and faulty assumptions
  • Challenging them to do better, and asking them to excel in areas they didn’t think were possible
  • Uncover blind spots that have kept them from accomplishing their most important goals

Coach Certifications and Training

  • Immunity to Change Online Coaching Program, Minds at Work
  • Immunity to Change Workshop Facilitation workshops, Minds At Work
  • Master Somatic Coach certification, Strozzi Institute
  • Professional and Personal Mastery Coach certification, Newfield Network


  • M.S. Organization Development, Loyola University Chicago
  • M.Ed Counseling and Educational Psychology, Loyola University Chicago
  • B.A. Philosophy, Denison University

Free 60-minute phone consultation

Take the next step in your career.

Contact me at or call 708-646-3529.

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Next Step Leadership Coaching, LLC

(708) 646-3529

143 N. Taylor Ave.
Oak Park, IL 60302