Are great leaders born or made? In Greg’s case, the answer is “both.”
Born into an entrepreneurial family in Youngstown, Ohio, Greg Smith first learned about leadership from his grandfather and father’s stewardship of their family business. Over the years, he watched them successfully manage a diverse workforce during both good and bad economic times. Greg now serves as chairman of the board at Compco Industries; the steel products company his grandfather founded in 1954.
In 1996, Greg reluctantly attended the Willow Creek Leadership Summit. It was there Greg was introduced to John C. Maxwell, who became his friend, mentor and leadership teacher.
This was when Greg fully realized he loved leadership, and this passion became his mission. Today, he is devoted to studying leadership with a focus on public speaking. Greg understands true leaders must communicate clearly and persuasively if they hope to inspire great achievement.
In 2016, Greg launched two new enterprises to advance his personal interests in developing people and maximizing their personal talents in the workplace. Greg Smith Leadership provides high-level public speaking training in both group and individual settings. Additionally, Greg uses his skill as an engaging speaker and talented storyteller to provide motivational and keynote speaking services to companies on a variety of topics including: talent utilization, team building and comebacks from failures.
Greg also founded Diamond Management Systems, a people development consultancy offering three key products: Pro-D – a cutting-edge mission/competency/style assessment, Team Align – an innovative performance appraisal tool that increases employee engagement at work, and StratOp – a comprehensive strategic planning process for business by the Paterson Center. (For more information, visit diamondmanagementsystems.com.)
Greg earned an MBA in Executive Leadership from the University of Nebraska – Lincoln and is planning on completing his doctoral study in Leadership at Regent University. Greg is a Founding Member of John C. Maxwell Team, has studied Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) with Tony Robbins, Bill Thomason and Jonathan Altfeld, has developed a public speaking expertise working alongside John Maxwell, Bo Eason, Roger Love, Jonathan Altfeld and Mary Kincaid, is a Gallup Organization Strengths Performance Coach and is one of ten TAI Certified Performance Development Coaches in the world.
Outside of his professional pursuits, Greg serves on the board of directors for the Bruce Lee Foundation and is a sixth degree black belt in Kenpo Martial Arts.
Greg lives in Poland, Ohio with his wife and four children.
Greg Smith At-a-Glance
- B.S. in Business and Marketing from Miami University – Oxford, Ohio
- MBA in Executive Leadership from the University of Nebraska – Lincoln
- John C. Maxwell certified speaker, trainer and coach
- NLP (Neuro-Linguistic Programming) Certifications from both Tony Robbins and Bill Thompson
- Situation Leadership® II Certification from Ken Blanchard
- Strengths 34 Performance Coach, 360 and Team Performance Coach certified by the Gallup Organization via Strengths Partnership
- TAI Certified Performance Development Coach
- Bo Eason trained Storyteller