Deb Crowe

Profitability with Social Responsibility: Deb Crowe on a New Approach to Leadership

Dr. Chris E. Stout


Leaders come in a variety of types and approaches. There are the proverbial Chainsaw Al’s — those tough-talking executives who are aggressive in their turning around troubled companies by laying off workers and closing factories.

There are the Jack Welch types who at first seem like geniuses, but are later found to not have created sustainable change. There is a litany of heroes and scoundrels, crooks and kings of all stripe, throughout various areas of work-life and the world.

But what if there was a more heart-centered style of leadership? Something that binds the power of compassion, empathy, and authenticity together in making decisions and informing relationships with those we work and collaborate with?

Well, there is, and Deb Crowe literally wrote the book on it, or should I say the Playbook, as she is the author of the newly published Heart-Centered Leadership Playbook.

Deborah Crowe is an entrepreneurial leader with a wealth of experience coaching individuals at all levels, as well as consulting, training, and teaching, as a college professor. She also hosts the popular podcast imperfect and companion Substack newsletter, How to Master The Art of Heart.

With a deep passion for making a positive impact, Deb has dedicated her career to creating ventures that prioritize people and the planet. Drawing from a diverse background that combines business acumen with a compassionate approach, she strives to create a harmonious balance between profitability and social responsibility. She is a graduate of Brock University and the Richard Ivey School of Business for Entrepreneurship.

Deb has navigated the entrepreneurial landscape for more than 30 years, and possesses a keen understanding of market dynamics, customer needs, and innovation. Coupled with her diverse life experiences, she is an out-of-the-box and innovative thinker. Her visionary leadership style fosters a collaborative and inclusive work environment, where employees thrive and contribute their best.

Before we got into Deb’s book, she shared a bit more about her coaching, podcast and newsletter. This was a good segue into discussing her newest book, but before we did, I…