You might think that effective leaders always know the answer and the exact right steps to get there.  But, that’s just not true.

In today’s episode, we find out that being a good leader doesn’t mean you have to know everything— but it does mean that you empower and inspire your team to figure out the answer.

Steve Johns shares actionable strategies that you can use in your everyday life, especially in times of uncertainty. 

Steve Johns is the CEO at OneCause, a company based in Indianapolis that is helping non-profits build a better tomorrow by leveraging technology to fuel their missions and raise more money. 

Steve has over 30 years of experience in tech, corporate development, venture capital, event production, and entrepreneurship. He started his career at PwC in Chicago, then transitioned to become the Vice President of Global Business Development at Gateway. 

Steve also built a venture accelerator and $100 million dollar investment company and then built a 10+ year career in the music industry before taking the helm at OneCause. 

His most recent accomplishment is the launch of his book “Fearless: Leadership Lessons at the Crossroads.” It’s an incredible collection of timeless learnings, real life experiences and stories from Steve’s prolific career. 

Be sure to check out these great clips from the show:

  • [9:25] Breaking down the most complex businesses
  • [14:20] Intrapreneurship at large enterprises
  • [18:05] How to asses startups
  • [32:00] Characteristics of a good board member
  • [37:00] There is no substitute for connection
  • [43:00] Leading when your business goes to 0
  • [50:05] The benefits of starting a writing practice

Get IN. is the show focused on the unfolding stories and most extraordinary innovations happening in the heartland today. Get IN. is brought to you by Powderkeg and Elevate Ventures.

In our conversation with Steve, you will learn about:

  • Tips for telling a good story
  • Pursuing your passions at any stage in your career
  • How Steve became the accidental author

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