Steve Arneson, Ph.D.
“I have a passion for leadership, and for helping leaders on their journey of exploration and discovery. I believe the best leaders are those that are constantly striving to improve - they understand that leading others is a privilege, and they are continuously learning, soliciting feedback and working on their game. I also believe the best companies understand this dynamic – which is why they invest in identifying, developing and coaching their leadership talent. Because without great leaders, you can’t become a great company.”
Steve Arneson founded Arneson Leadership Consulting to provide practical solutions to organizations that want to excel at executive talent management, leadership development, and executive coaching. Steve has been named one of the country's Top 100 thought leaders on leadership and one of the Top 10 leadership coaches in America by Leadership Excellence magazine.
Prior to founding Arneson Leadership Consulting, Steve was Senior Vice President, Executive Talent Management and Development for Capital One. During his tenure, Steve and his team built Capital One University, winning numerous industry awards for innovative learning solutions. In addition, Steve created the nationally-recognized Leadership Development Program (rated a Top 10 large corporate leadership program for three straight years (2005-2007) by Leadership Excellence magazine. Steve also partnered with Capital One’s CEO to develop the talent management tools and processes that resulted in Capital One being named by Hewitt and Fortune magazine as a Top 20 Companies for Leaders in 2005-2006, and 2007-2008 (#2 in North America, #5 on the Global list in the 2007 survey).
Before joining Capital One, Steve served as Vice President of Organizational Effectiveness for America Online and as Vice President of People Development for Time Warner Cable. Creating leadership programs and talent management systems in both companies, he partnered with senior executive teams to identify and develop exceptional leaders.
Prior to AOL, Steve worked as Senior Director of People Development for PepsiCo, where he helped create a new principle-based leadership culture during the spin-off of Yum Brands from PepsiCo. Steve started his career as Vice President of Aon Consulting Worldwide, where he ran their southwest regional office and created a variety of assessment and career progression tools for Fortune 500 clients.
Steve has been an executive coach for 20+ years. He is a graduate of the Georgetown Coaching Program, an accredited ICF coaching program. Steve coaches senior executives at some of the world's leading companies, including GE, Lockheed Martin, MetLife, Siemens, eBay, Time Warner, Rosetta Stone and many others. Steve received his Bachelor of Science degree in psychology from Montana State University and his M.A. in organizational psychology from the University of Kansas, before completing his Ph.D. in organizational psychology from the University of Tulsa. Steve and his wife Maureen have three children – Becky, Brett and Matt – and live in Leesburg, VA.