Stephen Mansfield is a New York Times best-selling author and a popular speaker who also leads a media training firm based in Washington DC.
He first rose to global attention with his groundbreaking book The Faith of George W. Bush, a bestseller that Time magazine credited with helping to shape the 2004 U.S. presidential election. The book was also a source for Oliver Stone’s award-winning film “W.” Mansfield’s The Faith of Barack Obama was another international bestseller. He has written celebrated biographies of Booker T. Washington, George Whitefield, Winston Churchill, Pope Benedict XVI , and Abraham Lincoln, among others. Publishers Weekly described his book, Killing Jesus, as “masterful.”
Stephen’s humorous but fiery Mansfield’s Book of Manly Men has inspired men’s events around the world. His more recent The Miracle of the Kurds has been selected as “Book of the Year” by Rudaw, the leading Kurdish news service. As a result of this book, Mansfield has become a leading voice in support of the Kurds against the evils of ISIS in the Middle East.
Stephen speaks widely about men, leadership, faith, the lessons of history, and the forces that shape modern culture. He also leads a media training firm, The Mansfield Group, that has worked with top politicians, CEOs, rock stars, major publishing firms, and educational institutions around the world.
Mansfield lives in Nashville and the nation’s capital with his wife Beverly, an award-winning songwriter and producer.
Stephen's topics include:
Churchill’s Goose: Leading Like Winston Churchill
In this stirring talk, Stephen Mansfield explains the principles of a Churchillian brand of leadership. The wit and wisdom, the agonizing struggles and historic triumphs of Winston Churchill’s life are all on grand display in this masterful speech.
Show Yourself a Man
This talk is based on Stephen’s bestselling Mansfield’s Book of Manly Men. After describing the current sad state of manhood in the world, Stephen challenges men to become “Great Men,” to celebrate and encourage the achievements of women, and to become champions for boys. Stephen adapts this talk uniquely for business settings, for schools and for churches.
Lincoln’s Battle With God
Stephen’s book Lincoln’s Battle with God broke new ground in Lincoln studies. The dean of American Lincoln scholars wrote of it, “The light of Lincoln’s growing faith finally shines forth through the thicket of conflicting views and opinions that have been handed down to us.” Stephen’s talk based on this book is done with a moving video presentation and with an eye toward explaining the fault lines of faith in our own time. This is becoming one of Stephen’s most requested talks.
Ten Signs of a Leadership Crash
In his life as a leadership coach, Stephen Mansfield has helped to repair both people and institutions following some of the most notorious leadership “crashes” of our time. In his work, he identified ten common signs of approaching disaster, each of which he carefully and movingly describes in this vital speech.
Lessons of Corporate Greatness from 250 Years of Guinness
The Guinness Company is one of the world’s longest lasting and most popular brands. This reputation is based in large part upon Guinness’s astonishing commitment to benevolence. Drawing from his bestselling history of Guinness, Stephen Mansfield tells the stories and outlines the principles that have made Guinness both great and good for over 250 years.
The Ten Faith Trends Changing Your World
Not long ago, college professors taught their students that by this time in history we would be living in a secular society. Nearly the opposite has occurred. Our society is as religiously charged as ever. How has this happened and how can leaders and leading organizations navigate the religious currents of our time? Stephen Mansfield explores this subject with typical balance and humor in this highly popular speech.
Dreamers of the Day: The Price of Successful Leadership
Taking his title from the words of T. E. Lawrence—“Lawrence of Arabia”—Stephen Mansfield offers his trademark depth and passion as he explains the costs of fulfilled dreams. He weaves tales from the lives of great men and women of the past into a challenging, tough-minded guide for pursuing life’s purpose. This is Stephen’s most popular speech.
"Stephen Mansfield is a scholar, storyteller and master speaker. He's spoken to my 300+ team members several times, and he's blown them away every time. He's one of our favorite guests!"
"The event with Stephen Mansfield was exceptional! We grossed over $700,000 and 800 in attendance and many statements that this was "the best ever"...Stephen is a wonderful person and a very gifted speaker. We are so blessed he was with us this year!"
“I don’t know if I can even find the words – WOW! He is just the most amazing guy. I would recommend him a zillion times over to anyone needing a speaker…for anything. Thank you so much for putting him in your list of suggested names. I plan on sending out an email to the other Christian schools in the area to let them know who they need to get for their next banquet!…We ended up serving only 367 people (normally around 550 or so) and yet after Stephen’s speech and financial appeal, we ended up not only meeting but exceeding our financial goals! Talk about God’s faithfulness!!! On top of that, it was such an uplifting and encouraging message that we all left feeling renewed and refreshed. You really picked a winner with Stephen!”