Dr. Linda J. Burrs

Dr. Linda J. Burrs
President and Principal Consultant
Step Up to Success

Dr. Linda Burrs is the President and Principal Consultant of the Step Up to Success! consulting firm that focuses on leadership and organizational strategies for leaders, teams and individuals. For more than 30 years, Dr. Burrs has brought her rich dynamic approach to the corporate and professional training arena. The breadth of her experience crosses all walks of social and organizational life including law firms, technology organizations, educators, business professionals, leadership groups and non-profit groups.

Dr. Burrs served as Interim Program Director for the Emerging Leader Program at the University of Dayton’s Center for Leadership and Executive Development. In that role, she designed curriculum and developed programs for the Emerging Leader program. She remains an active presenter for the center’s Supervisor’s Development Training series.

As Faculty at the University of Phoenix Cincinnati campus, Dr. Burrs facilitates business courses such as: Organizational Behavior, Management, Transformational Leadership, Cultural Diversity, Creativity, Innovation and Design, Mediation and Conflict Resolution and Human Resources Management.

Dr. Burrs was selected as a Catalyst for SOCHE’s Creative Initiatives, Dayton CREATE. Linda is an Executive Advisor for the LexisNexis African American Network and is on the board of Community Health Centers of Dayton. Linda is a founding member of DaytonCoaches.com, an executive, business and career coaching group formed to support individuals in the greater Dayton community who are committed to personal, professional, and organizational growth and development. Additionally, Dr. B participated as a member of the Public Safety Diversity Task Force for the City of Dayton advising on minority recruiting strategies for police and fire and is a member of the Dayton Diversity and Inclusion Partnership Vision Team and in 2012 was selected as a Woman of Influence.

Linda designs and delivers targeted and successful curriculum for coaching interventions and has developed programs intended to measurably improve personal, leadership and organizational performance. Her experience, enthusiasm, and high energy provide the foundation for your memorable, life-changing, inspirational experience. When you attend a Step Up To Success! program, you walk away with improved communication skills, better self-management skills, enhanced interpersonal skills and a clearer understanding of your individual strengths and how they contribute to your success both organizationally, professionally, and personally.

Linda is a Past Chair of the Great Lakes Region of the Association for Psychological Type (2004-2006) and is a Past President of the Greater Dayton Area Chapter of the Association of Psychological Type in Dayton.

Areas of expertise include:

  • Linda’s doctorate is in Leadership and her Master’s degree is in Organizational Management and is a Certified Advanced Faculty Facilitator.
  • Diversity and Inclusion (strategic design and program development)
  • MBTI® Master Practitioner Certification
  • Creator of The Success Series© and Second Generation Diversity Training programs
  • Building Inclusive Teams
  • Effective Communications
  • Conflict and Relationship Management
  • Personal Development and Leadership Coaching

Dr. Burrs’ Published

Book: The Fruits of Inclusion™: A Smart Business Guide to Creating a Sustainable Program of Diversity and Inclusion© (2008)


  • Respectful Listening
  • The Organic Leader
  • Dealing with Unconscious Bias
  • Diversity – More than a Notion©
  • Leaders Behaving Badly©
  • Learning to Groove with the Gremlins©
  • Using Personal Power to Influence and Persuade©
  • Relationships and Personality Types©
  • Transformers . . . More than Meets the Eye©
  • Intentional Inclusion©
  • Inclusion Gone Viral©
  • The Inclusion Assessment© (To take the Inclusion Assessment – click here)
  • Clean up that toxic workplace (Diversity Executive July 2010)

Research study: The relationship between mid-level leaders’ emotional competence and follower commitment©.

Current Projects:

Books in progress:

  • The Fruits of Inclusion: Companion Workbook (2014)
  • Navigating the Leadership Corridor© (in progress)

Mini research project: Metacognition and employee performance©