Steffan Surdek

Steffan Surdek

Montreal, Quebec
Leadership | Change | Productivity Expert | Author
Steffan Surdek is a global leadership development coach, corporate trainer, change and productivity expert, author, and principal consultant, who has gained over 15 years of experience. He is renowned for his co-creative leadership approach, which focuses on recognizing high-performing workers, connecting with people, and leveraging the power of teams to make effective and efficient decisions. A skilled communicator and passionate storyteller, Surdek uses his experiences to engage and connect with his audience, making him a sought-after speaker at global conferences on co-creative leadership and team building. Steffan Surdek has also written extensively on authentic and co-creative leadership for businesses and organizations, providing strategic insights on leadership, change management, team building, and increasing productivity to audiences looking to improve their culture and achieve better business outcomes.
  • Change Management
  • Communications
  • Employee Management
  • Leadership
  • Mental Health
  • Peak Performance
  • Personal Growth
  • Teamwork
  • Business Management
  • Bilingual & French
  • Conference
  • Finance & Insurance
  • Funny & Comedy
  • Inspirational
  • Motivation
  • Philanthropy & Giving Back


Steffan Surdek has always been driven to expand the notion of leadership to include each member of the team. For fifteen years, Surdek was a high-performing serial achiever in many small and large companies throughout his career. He always enjoyed taking on leadership roles in every company, as one of his core passions was to make a positive impact on his teams and colleagues while increasing profits for the owner. Steffan’s co-creative and intentional leadership topics were developed after noticing the challenges that he, other managers and his teams faced throughout his career.

Steffan Surdek carefully observed different communication, leadership and working styles within the workplace and noticed that through having a co-creative approach in dealing with strategy, conflict and business decisions, decisions were made more efficiently and effectively in most situations.  Steffan Surdek helps leaders understand how to recognize high-performing workers and put them in the right positions. He stresses the importance of getting high-performers and managers to motivate other staff members, to increase productivity and workplace morale.

Surdek believes that connecting with people at a personal level is the key that allows him to contribute to a greater cause and consistently make a real and sustainable difference with his clients both in their professional and personal lives. Steffan Surdek is often asked to speak, in either French or English, at global conferences about the power of co-creative leadership and leveraging the power of teams. His passionate and dynamic storytelling style engages audiences and makes the learning stick. Steffan Surdek also writes and speaks about authentic and co-creative leadership for many different businesses and organizations. Surdek is in high demand as a leadership development coach and corporate trainer based in Montreal. As a widely recognized principal consultant, his work has a strong business impact, helping reshape business cultures and guiding them to become more collaborative and efficient.

Steffan Surdek is a passionate storyteller and uses relevant examples from his experiences through his consulting practice. His presentation style is interactive and feels more like a conversation with the audience, which helps create an authentic connection with each audience member. He is an expert at creating and teaching leaders to maintain high-performing teams. Steffan Surdek offers strategic insights on leadership, change management, team building and increasing productivity for better business results.




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Steffan Surdek Topic Presentations

co-creative leadership - unleash the leaders around you

  • Virtual PresentationKeynote PresentationWorkshop SessionHalf Day TrainingFull Day Training
  • What is the leadership of the leaders in your organization creating compliance or engagement? If you want to provoke a different kind of leadership in your organization, Steffan brings you a formula for a new-age approach for your management and leadership team. Co-creative leadership proposes the type of leadership required to create a working environment that results in increased collaboration, better communication, collective ownership and a focus on high-quality results.

the silent leadership crisis

  • Virtual PresentationKeynote PresentationWorkshop SessionHalf Day TrainingFull Day Training
  • Many organizations around the world are currently going through a deep crisis where many leaders are suffering in silence. On one side, we can see executives, directors and managers that are questioning the effectiveness of their current leadership style and how it engages their teams in the current workplace. On the other side, we find all those dormant leaders in organizations, who have tremendous leadership skills outside their workplace, but they cannot use these skills where they work because the company culture says they do not have the right title to lead.

    In the first part of this talk, we explore the current state of leadership inside of organizations through the following key distinctions: leadership vs directivity, compliance vs engagement, values vs behaviours, and leadership vs authenticity. In the second half of the talk, through a different set of key distinctions, we explore a more open and collaborative leadership style that allows leaders to create a more engaged workforce that maximizes the contributions of the people around them.

tribal leadership for teams

  • Virtual PresentationKeynote PresentationWorkshop SessionHalf Day TrainingFull Day Training
  • The book Tribal Leadership introduces five stages that represent a range of behaviours that tribes (ie.: groups of 20 or more people) act and think together. These stages range from Stage 1 where “Life Sucks!” to Stage 5 where “Life is Great!”. Most software development teams (and most workplaces) live in the three stages in between.

    This presentation takes the group development model presented in Tribal Leadership and helps leaders and managers better understand some of the behaviours they may see every day in their development teams. Participants will experience and explore the stages in various ways such as through music and an interactive game called “Guess that Tribal Stage”.



Steffan Surdek‘s work really brings together the worlds of Tribal Leadership and Agile software development in an interesting way. I think highly of him and how he brings these worlds together in a clear and simple way.

Dave Logan

Co-author of the NY Times best-selling book
Tribal Leadership

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Steffan Surdek is an in-demand leadership development coach and corporate trainer. His drive is to expand the notion of leadership to include each member of the team. As a widely recognized principal consultant, his work has a strong business impact. Steffan helps reshape cultures and guide them in...

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Co-Creative Leadership: Steffan Surdek

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