book lessonsIn this powerful followup to Lessons In Leadership, Emmy® Award-winning anchor Steve Adubato, PhD teaches readers how to navigate “The Tough Stuff ” using practical tools based on challenging real-life experiences: 

With Lessons in Leadership 2.0: The Tough Stuff, readers will learn to steer others through difficult economic times, mentor rising leaders, provide straight talk to underperforming employees, connect on digital platforms, and even lead a company through significant change.

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Praise for Lessons in Leadership 2.0: The Tough Stuff


“In this post-COVID era, leaders are being tested as never before, and Steve Adubato offers smart solutions to make any leader more effective.”

— Neal Shapiro, President & CEO, The WNET Group (PBS)

"Steve Adubato does a masterful job of uncovering many of the core principles that can lead to world class leadership. You will read and reread his book for years to come."

--Michael Clinton Author, ROAR Into the Second Half of Life

"Steve Adubato shared such great insight in his firstLessons in Leadershipbook that I didn't think he had anything left to share. But, not surprisingly, he proved me wrong! I have always valued Steve's leadership advice, and this is a must read for anyone who leads people – or aspires to be a great leader."

--Ira Robbins CEO, Valley Bank

"Steve's new book is engaging, thought-provoking and adaptable for any level of leader in every walk of life. His ability to disarm and, most importantly, build the readers' confidence to make a difference in their daily lives is unrivaled!!"

--John Devin President, Fedway Associates

"Steve Adubato is spot on…leadership is 'tough stuff', and how we handle it defines us as leaders. Thanks, Steve, for challenging us to consistently self-reflect and be conscious and authentic in the steps we take in response."

--Michele N. Siekerka,Esq. President and CEO New Jersey Business & Industry Association

"Steve has facilitated the IUOE Local 825 Leadership Academy for several years. Lessons in Leadership 2.0: The Tough Stuff is a huge part of the Academy's curriculum. This book and Steve's coaching has been transformative for our leaders. We see it every day. He has made a huge difference in our organization."

--Greg Lalevee Business Manager & General VP International Union of Operating Engineers Local 825

"Steve's book is filled with invaluable lessons on how genuine leadership continues to evolve in unpredictable ways, and strategies to navigate change with a solid foundation of emotional intelligence, stress management, and self-care."

--Patricia Stark, Author of Calmfidence: How to Trust Yourself, Tame Your Inner Critic, and Shine in Any Spotlight, and Talk Radio Host 77WABC

"Steve's book is insightful and has many great tips on how to be a successful leader in today's changing and challenging landscape. I highly recommend the read!"

--Glenn L. Friedman CEO, Prager Metis CPAs

"With Lessons in Leadership 2.0: The Tough Stuff…Steve Adubato has hit it out of the park once again. Leadership is not a destination, it's a journey. Great leaders are adept at fighter pilot like situational awareness, but also know that it's all about the long game and fully comprehending that the rules are ever changing. It's the tough stuff that Steve talks about!"

--Dennis Wilson, President and CEO Delta Dental of New Jersey Delta Dental of Connecticut

"Steve's new book provides what we all need to advance our personal leadership skills and help organizations reach new levels of success. His shared wisdom has helped our organization save and enhance more lives than ever before through organ and tissue donation and transplantation."

--Carolyn M. Welsh President and CEO, NJ Sharing Network

"Steve is an exceptional communicator and dynamic leadership coach who shares his best insights in this terrific new book. In these challenging times, it's more important than ever to hone your message, cut through the noise and inspire your teams. Steve is a master!"

--Robert C. Garrett, CEO of Hackensack Meridian Health

"If you are on a never-ending quest to be a better leader, then Steve Adubato's 'Lessons in Leadership 2.0' is a must. Just when you thought you read all there was on the subject, Steve reinvigorates your mind with new ways of understanding the importance of leadership."

--Jim Kirkos, Chief Executive Officer Meadowlands Chamber & CVB

"Steve is a well-known and trusted leader in this space. InLessons in Leadership 2.0: The Tough Stuff,Steve provides great insights on how leadership has evolved through these past few years of turbulence – and the resulting need for a more human-centered approach."

--Tammy Garnes Mata, Chief DEI Officer and Head of People Resources and Relations Valley Bank

"I congratulate and commend Steve Adubato for sharing his leadership lessons in his new book. All of us in higher education and beyond can learn a lot from his wisdom."

--Lamont O. Repollet, Ed.D. President, Kean University

"There is nothing more important in leadership than being an effective communicator. And there are few better communicators in the country than Steve Adubato. Steve's updated version of Lessons in Leadership including examples of learning from mistakes and facing new challenges reminds me of another important leadership attribute: candor. Steve's book will arm you with tools to tackle the ever-evolving nature of leading teams."

--Wesley Mathews President & CEO, Choose New Jersey

"Steve Adubato has a unique gift…he can explain complicated and important concepts using straightforward, relatable Jersey-talk. He writes with candor, boldness, and good humor. Too many leadership books are filled with empty bromides, but Steve writes like a normal, smart person talks to his friends at the diner."

--Elie Honig, CNN Senior Legal Analyst, bestselling author, and former federal and state prosecutor

"The value in Steve's lessons are not only their creative insights, but the ease to which they can be put into practical use for all styles of leaderships. His lessons are more than just conceptually insightful; they are useful in our daily leadership experiences."

--Paul J. Di Maio, General Counsel and Chief Administrative Officer Delta Dental of New Jersey, Inc. Delta Dental of Connecticut, Inc.

"Steve new book will remind you that a leader is never done learning from their peers or employees, this book is about clear and concise communication to ensure your continued success professionally and personally. A 'must read' from a great Leader."

--Marjorie Perry President & CEO MZM Construction & Management

"I've known of Steve Adubato for a long time and have had the recent pleasure of getting to know him better. His knowledge on leadership and ways to improve communication are invaluable. He has used his platform to help people become stronger and more effective leaders. These lessons are ones that have an impact on those ready and willing to learn."

--Patrick McVerry President & General Manager, Somerset Patriots Double-A Affiliate of the New York Yankees

"Steve Adubato has helped our executive team and physicians elevate their leadership skills significantly. In Lessons in Leadership 2.0: The Tough Stuff, Steve continues to share great tips and tools to help leaders be decisive, communicate effectively and motivate their teams."

--James Blazar Chief Strategy Officer and Executive Vice President Hackensack Meridian Health

"Steve Adubato is a master communicator and in this masterful new book -Lessons in Leadership 2.0: The Tough Stuff. He gives extraordinary insight into leadership at all levels and invaluable advice to both experienced and aspiring leaders."

--John Sarno President Employers Association of NJ

"Effective leadership requires a daunting range of attributes, and in his new book,Lessons in Leadership 2.0: The Tough Stuff,Dr Adubato explores the critical elements of leadership and how great leaders succeed in mastering them."

--Gil Medina Senior Real Estate Executive

"Leaders that followSteve Adubato's books havevaluable insight into leadership from anypositionin theorganization. If you want to increase your personalvalue, this is a must read. Masteringeven one component of Dr. Adubato's strategies will positively impact your leadershipstyle. It's the reason why we ask Steve to train our leaders at Kessler Foundation."

--Rodger L. DeRose President and CEO Kessler Foundation

"Lessons in Leadership 2.0 is current, impactful, and practical.Working with Steve Adubato and reading his books have become invaluable tools to me as a leader and to our firm as we develop new leaders. I highly recommend both!"

Lori A. Roth, CPA Global Managing Partner Prager Metis CPAs

"Steve Adubato is a pro! My hat goes off to him because there are only a few great communicators around…and he is one of the best!"

--Suze Orman, Financial Guru and New York Times Bestselling Author

"Steve provides a roadmap to navigatethe strategic leadership filled with actionable insights and real word examples."

--Linda McHugh, MBA, MT EVP, Chief Experience and People Officer Hackensack Meridian Health

"Leadership is one of those things that everyone thinks they can do or that some are naturally born to do. As Steve points out,leadership is learned, studied, and quite intentional. "The Tough Stuff",is an inspirational read that dives into the nuts and bolts of leadership by focusing on the real work that self-aware leaders undertake to inspire others to perform at the highest level. Bravo Steve!"

--Joe Lee Vice President and General Manager NJ PBS

"Once again, Steve expertly presents the essential role leadership plays in achieving consistent performance. He persuasively underscores the strong relationship between learning and leadership. In these complex and challenging times, Lessons in Leadership 2.0 is must read for every leader and an insightful, informative, and engaging roadmap to developing the exceptional leadership skills necessary to succeed in the future."

--Larry Downes Retired Chairman, New Jersey Resources

"Steve Adubato brings a fresh perspective to leadership in these ever-changing times. This book offers solid and practical tools to be an effective leader and a powerful reminder that authentic leadership emerges from honest communication with the self."

--Renée Marino, Communication Expert, TEDx Speaker, & Best-Selling Author of "Becoming a Master Communicator"

"Once again, Steve Adubato provides existing and aspiring leaders with the insight and skills indispensable to navigating 21st century challenges, paired with the clarity of a seasoned and effective communicator."

--Matthew Borowick Vice President, University Communications Seton Hall University

"Lessons in Leadership 2.0 is a must read for anyone in a leadership or management role or for anyone looking to improve themselves. How one leads is a continuing educational endeavor and Steve shares his insights and experiences which allows the reader to build on his or her style which will lead to continued success"

--Anthony Russo President – Commerce and Industry Association of New Jersey CEO/Publisher – COMMERCE Magazine

"Steve Adubato is the ultimate 'code breaker' when it comes to making people 'look in the mirror' and honestly reflect upon what they need to change or improve upon in order to become a stronger and more effective leader."

--Timothy Hogan, FACHE Executive VP, Care Transformation Services, Hackensack Meridian Health President and Chief Hospital Executive, Riverview Medical Center

"Leadership is all about making tough decisions, but never losing focus on the values that you represent. Whether it's in life or business, leadership is needed and being able to discuss that topic with Steve and Mary is absolutely amazing. I'm very thankful for being able to be a guest on their show and learning as well."

--Eric LeGrand Motivational Speaker, Sports Analyst, Philanthropist & Entrepreneur, bELieve 52

"Most of us are artful dodgers of situations that make us uncomfortable, Steve is absolutely right that "artful confrontation" is a skill that great leaders possess and develop over time to make the 'tough stuff' less tough."

--Randy Stodard Chief Marketing Officer Delta Dental of New Jersey Delta Dental of Connecticut

"Steve thoughtfully recognizes the element of wellness-centered leadership that is so critical in this day and age. He offerspractical ways for successful leaders to tend to themselves while caring for their teams."

--Amy Frieman, MD, MBA, FAAHPM Chief Wellness Officer Hackensack Meridian Health

"Steve Adubato always has a refreshing take on the eventsof the day. His voice brings clarity to confusionand his passion produces more light than heat."

--Jim Bell, Former Executive Producer, The "TODAY" Show, NBC

"At a time when business executives are facing unprecedented challenges, Steve provides a post-COVID look at what it means to be a great leader. From 'connecting the dots' to discussing the 'tough stuff,' this book shares insight that is valuable for veteran leaders to those just starting out, and everyone in between."

--Francis J. Giantomasi Co-Chair, Executive Committee Chiesa Shahinian & Giantomasi PC

"In his latest book, Steve continues his insightful exploration of the characteristics of a great leader, particularly in a post-COVID world. Importantly, Steve delves into the open, honest and frank discussions leaders must have to attract and retain the best talent in a given industry. Brilliant work! A must-read!"

--Thomas P. Scrivo Managing Partner Certified Civil Trial Attorney by the Supreme Court of New Jersey O'Toole Scrivo

"Leadership is hard- especially in today's climate with so many evolving social, legal and political challenges. Steve's wisdom – gleaned from years of conversations with some of the most dynamic and inspiring leaders of our time – will help any leader work through 'the tough stuff' in their role. It provides a myriad of perspectives on how to successfully navigate an ever-changing work landscape through supportive, sensitive and professional approaches that help create positive and impactful leaders and organizations--making a constructive difference in their community."

--Michael Schmidt Executive Director and CEO The Healthcare Foundation of New Jersey

"Steve is a gifted communicator and brilliant strategist. When I'm trying to evaluatewhether a leader has made the correct decision, in the face of a seemingly impossible situation, I find myself asking, 'What would Steve do?' This book finally answers many of those questions. The irony which we're all living in today is that at a time when the country is in greater need than ever of wise leadership, it seems in short supply. This book is a great step in increasing that supply."

--Frank Morano Radio Talk Show, WABC Radio