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Our Team
Our Vision
Our Mission
Our Values
Our Beliefs
Our Story

Leadership Interactive, LLC is a consulting firm that specializes in leadership development, training, and coaching.  It was born from a desire to help people lead at a higher-level, using research-based solutions that have been proven to produce measurable, positive outcomes.

The origins of the company trace back to when its founder, Dr. Rob Acosta, first began his academic studies and started to learn more about the differences between management and leadership.  It was during this time that Dr. Acosta became familiar with the following truth:  all leaders are managers, but not all managers are leaders.

Dr. Rob Acosta at Wiley HQ in Chicago, Illinois

So after obtaining an undergraduate degree in business management, followed by a master’s degree in business administration, Dr. Acosta was inspired to pursue a doctoral degree in leadership studies to become well-versed in both areas.  With this background, Dr. Acosta was able to firmly grasp that in the pursuit of organizational success, managerial skills are not enough – it is leadership that truly makes the difference and sets apart good organizations from great ones.

When developing leadership skills, however, it is critically important that any training in this area be based upon learning models that are scientifically tested and found to be both reliable and valid, using proper sample sizes, and properly constructed studies.  In other words, the basis for any leadership development initiative must be properly vetted to make sure that it is not only theoretically sound, but that it is also practical and proven to work in the real world.

One way our company sets itself apart from others is that we only use research-based tools for all our offerings, which means you can rest assured that you are investing in training that works.  To this end, we stand firmly behind The Leadership Challenge®, as we consider it to be the very best resource for becoming a better leader.  As an authorized provider of The Leadership Challenge® through Wiley, we are committed to helping you become a leader who is not just good, or good enough, but one who is truly exemplary.

Our Team

Rob Acosta, PhD

Dr. Rob Acosta is the founder of Leadership Interactive, LLC and serves as its managing director.  Dr. Acosta was born and raised in the Rio Grande Valley in South Texas, where he currently resides.  He graduated with the highest honors (Summa Cum Laude) from The University Texas – Pan American at the top 1% of his class with a bachelor’s degree in business management, graduated from Texas A&M University – Kingsville with a master’s degree in business administration (4.0 GPA), and graduated from Our Lady of the Lake University with a doctoral degree in leadership studies (4.0 GPA).

Dr. Acosta is a published author who has had his scholarly research in leadership presented at peer-reviewed international conferences.  In addition to his academic accomplishments, Dr. Acosta brings his prior experience as an entrepreneur and various professional credentials to Leadership Interactive, LLC.  Dr. Acosta is a trained Leadership Challenge® Workshop Facilitator (mentored by Stephen Hoel, President of Diversity Leadership Consultants and former Walt Disney World® executive, Kirsten Abbott-West, Director of Leadership Development at Universal Studios Orlando, and Steve Skarke, President of Leading Elements and The Kaneka Foundation), trained LPI® Coach (mentored by Amy Savage, Consultant and Account Manager at FlashPoint Leadership), and a certified facilitator in The Student Leadership Challenge® (mentored by Beth High, President of High Road Consulting, and Gary Morgan, President of Gary Morgan & Co.).

Steve Skarke, MS

As a 35-year veteran of the petrochemical manufacturing industry, Steve Skarke is a seasoned professional who brings a wide range of expertise to Leadership Interactive, LLC.  He has over 20 years of managerial experience and has held various positions such as Production Manager, Process Engineer, Director of Manufacturing, Executive Vice President - Site Manager, and Board of Directors member.  Steve’s formal education includes a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from Texas A&M University, a master of science degree in industrial engineering (engineering management) from the University of Houston, and a certificate in executive leadership from Rice University.

Since 2007, Steve has been a dedicated leadership development professional, facilitating workshops in seven countries on four continents.  In addition to being certified as a professional coach, Steve is also a highly esteemed member of The Leadership Challenge training community.  His primary areas of interest include organizational design and performance, corporate social responsibility, and leadership development.  With respect to leadership development, Steve sees himself as an “Organizational Engineer” who helps increase the performance of others by using real world application of proven models that are focused on:  leadership development, team building, change management, and organizational health.

Gail J. Shapiro, PhD

Dr. Gail J. Shapiro brings a wealth of experience in conflict resolution and mediation to Leadership Interactive, LLC.     She has been training, teaching at universities, researching and writing about problem-solving, assertiveness, conflict management and mediation for over 20 years.  Her nationwide study of HR professionals is often consulted worldwide for information on conflict management in the workplace.  Dr. Shapiro holds two graduate degrees – a PhD in Conflict Analysis & Resolution with a specialty in Organizational Conflict and an MA in Legal Studies with a specialty in ADR (Alternative Dispute Resolution).  Dr. Shapiro is certified as a Conflict Coach, Collaborative Practitioner, Collaborative trainer, a True Colors Personality Assessor, and a Community Mediator.  

As a conflict management specialist, Dr. Shapiro is ready to assist any professional who may be experiencing conflict in the workplace.  Based upon two decades of work in mediation and conflict resolution, she has a tremendous track record of helping individuals achieve peaceful and happy resolutions to conflict.  Social service agencies, attorneys, corporations, teachers, coaches, semi-retired professionals, real estate agents, insurance agents, clergy and construction companies have all received mediation and conflict resolution training from Dr. Shapiro.  She is passionate about helping others learn how to prevent conflict from escalating, which can hurt work performance, cause litigation, and even lead to violence.

Our Vision

To develop a global workforce of extraordinary talent who are driven by passion, purpose, and performance.

Our Mission

To help individuals, teams, and organizations perform at their highest capacity by using research-based solutions that enable everyone to bring their best selves to the workplace and, in turn, create a more positive and healthy work environment.

Our Values

Integrity
Integrity
Excellence
Excellence
Encouragement
Encouragement
Playfulness
Playfulness
Making a Difference
Making a Difference
Individuality
Individuality
Our Beliefs

It takes two to tango
IT TAKES TWO TO TANGO

Successful learning outcomes
require all parties to be present
and fully committed

Walk your talk
WALK YOUR TALK

To establish trust and credibility,
do what you say you will do
(DWYSYWD)

Continuous learning
CONTINUOUS LEARNING

To approach life with a growth
mindset and fully embrace
that learning never ends

Love is the key
LOVE IS THE KEY

To endure and persevere for the long
haul, do what you love and
love what you do

The golden rule
THE GOLDEN RULE

To do unto others as you would have
them do unto you, both in
and out of the workplace

self actualization
SELF-ACTUALIZATION

To transcend and reach fulfillment,
seek out work that is of higher
meaning and purpose

Daring to be different
DARING TO BE DIFFERENT

To be unapologetically yourself by
adopting a non-cookie cutter
approach to life

Continuous improvement
CONTINUOUS IMPROVEMENT

To avoid complacency, never be satisfied
with the status quo and always
push for greater things

Social contribution
SOCIAL CONTRIBUTION

To leave the world a better place
than you found it by giving back and
being a blessing to others

"Great Leadership Creates Great Workplaces"

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