Steven R. Shallenberger is the father of six grown children (five boys, one girl) and lives in Provo, Utah. His journey started in Vallejo, California where he learned about setting goals (he counted down to the time he could serve a mission–2,153 days). It is during this count-down that he was exposed to different economic conditions through various jobs he had and he began to wonder “what makes the difference between those who are successful on a sustainable basis and those who are not?” Years later, at 27, Steve bought his first business and published illustrated stories of the presidents of the church (check out some of the books on Amazon) and began teaching his employee leadership skills. During this time he worked closely with Steven R. Covey (author of The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People) and then-Elder Thomas S. Monson (His relationships with both on these inspirational men are discussed in the interview). He later worked for Covey Leadership Center and founded an energy services company, Synergy Companies, in California.

He currently serves as a Branch President in the Provo, Utah Missionary Training Center. Previously he has served as a Stake President, Mission President (Spain Madrid), Stake Young Men’s President, Bishop (first time at 27) and others. Steve recently completed a national best-selling book, Becoming Your Bestwhich is the culmination of his life-long pursuit of excellence.  Becoming Your Best identifies 12 “guiding constants” that will help on your journey to become your best. Steve is Chairman of the leadership firm he founded, Becoming Your Best, where he works to help others throughout the world (he recently returned from a trip to Rwanda) be their best in their own lives, families and organizations.

Steve’s favorite scripture is found in James 1:19, which states, “wherefore, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath” and he lives and teaches this principle through the 12 Guiding Constants.

Steve effortlessly applies the 12 Guiding Constants to all areas of life

  1. Be True to Character
  2. Lead with a Vision
  3. Manage with a Plan
  4. Prioritize Your Time
  5. Live the Golden Rule in Business and in Life
  6. Build and Maintain Trust
  7. Be an Effective Communicator
  8. Innovate Through Imagination
  9. Be Accountable
  10. Apply the Power of Knowledge
  11. Live in Peace and Balance
  12. Never Give Up!

Key Principles Discussed

  • Establishing and maintaining a vision (for yourself, family, calling, work, etc.)

  • Developing a plan to achieve the vision

  • Having a positive mindset

  • Moving from transactional leadership to transformational leadership

    • Do you just interact with people or strive to develop them?


Thank you to Nathan Waldron for writing this summary of the interview.

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