Rising Leader


Erika Andersen is the founding partner of Proteus, a coaching, consulting, and training firm that focuses on leader readiness. Over the past 30 years, Erika has developed a reputation for creating approaches to learning and business-building that are tailored to her clients’ challenges, goals, and culture. She and her colleagues at Proteus focus uniquely on helping leaders at all levels get ready and stay ready to meet whatever the future might bring.

Much of her recent work has focused on organizational visioning and strategy, executive coaching, and management and leadership development. In these capacities, she serves as consultant and advisor to the CEOs and/or top executives of a number of corporations, including NBCUniversal, Facebook, Hyatt Hotels Corporation, GE, HULU, and Madison Square Garden.


She also shares her insights about managing people and creating successful businesses by speaking to corporations, non-profit groups and national associations. Her books and learning guides have been translated into Spanish, Turkish, German, French, Russian and Chinese, and she has contributed to and been quoted in a variety of national publications, including the Harvard Business Review, Wall Street Journal, Fortune, and The New York Times. Erika is also one of the most popular leadership bloggers at Forbes.com.


She is the author of Be Bad First—Get Good at Things FAST to Stay Ready for the Future (Bibliomotion, 2016), Leading So People Will Follow (Jossey-Bass, 2012), Being Strategic: Plan for Success; Outthink Your Competitors; Stay Ahead of Change (St. Martin’s Press, May 2009), and Growing Great Employees: Turning Ordinary People into Extraordinary Performers (Portfolio, 2006), and the author and host of the Proteus Leader Show a regular podcast that offers quick, practical support for leaders and managers.



Rising Leaders


Dear Rising Leaders.


In a few weeks, my Proteus colleagues and I will be welcoming you to your Rising Leaders program. I know that you’ve been hard at work completing the pre work for your April session, but I wanted to share one final piece of pre-work.


It’s your own electronic copy of my new book, Be Bad First—Get Good at Things FAST to Stay Ready for the Future.


You’re the first Rising Leaders class to get this book—it was just published this month. Please read it before the session; it’s all about how to be a great learner, a “master of mastery,” and we think it will help to turbo-charge your learning—not only at Rising Leaders, but in the rest of your life as well.


We’ll see you in Florida—we’re really looking forward to it!


Warmly,