Authors John Stuef and Amy Bradshaw announced the release of their book, “From Doing to Leading: Your Guide for Inspiring People on the Front Lines.”

“The book is written for the ‘doers,’ the frontline workers in the collision repair and service industries who are out there every day running their shops and doing their best to lead their teams and businesses,” said Stuef, who has owned, operated and managed collision repair facilities over his 40-year career. “It is a great read for anyone in the industry who is looking for some guidance on successful leadership techniques.”

In 2016, Stuef was working as a regional manager in charge of running six collision shops in the Charleston, SC market and he realized how little managerial training was available for people looking to run a successful shop and decided to write a book.

“I’ve had a lot of opportunities to learn and grow as a leader,” said Stuef. “I saw a real need for leadership advice that catered to frontline workers, specifically in the body shop business. I’m the first to admit that I’ve made some mistakes and wanted to share what I have learned so I could save others from making some of the same mistakes.”

Stuef met Bradshaw, a professor at the Medical University of South Carolina, about this time and they soon appreciated they shared a keen interest in human nature and in helping people tap into their inner purpose.

“Amy and I had a few inspired conversations and then decided we should write this book together,” said Stuef. “We both believe that anyone can be a great leader if they can inspire a team. Great success lies in team empowerment.”

In the book, the authors talk about the pitfalls of “traditional” leadership techniques and discuss the importance of understanding human behavior and the science behind how the brain works.

“I truly believe that everyone has the potential for being a great leader but first, they need to understand human behavior,” he said. “We share proven methods that help people learn to draw the best from those on the team and we provide information about the science behind motivation in a way that body shop guys like me can understand.”

Stuef and Bradshaw create and post weekly YouTube videos on different topics related to running a successful body shop business. Visit their YouTube channel “From Doing To Leading – John Stuef to subscribe, and connect with Stuef on LinkedIn and join his >2,000 followers.

The paperback and Kindle versions of the book can be purchased on Amazon. The book can also be streamed on Audible. Visit https://www.fromdoingtoleading.com/purchase.

For more information and to set up an interview with John Stuef and Amy Bradshaw, email jmstuef@yahoo.com.


About the Authors:

John Stuef was born and raised in Detroit “Motor City,” Michigan, where his Dad was an engineer for Ford Motor Company and his grandfather owned and operated his own auto body shop. John went to auto body trade school and honed his skills at a local body shop where he started out as a painter’s helper and worked his way up to painter, body man, manager, and then owner of his own successful shops. John also spent several years as a regional manager for a large MSO. John now lives in Tampa, FL, and spends his time writing, consulting and speaking to frontline leaders around the country.



Amy Bradshaw spent her formative years in University City, Missouri, where she graduated from University City High School. She travelled to the west coast after high school where she went to college and graduate school. She earned her Ph.D. from the University of California, Santa Barbara in cell and molecular biology. She is currently a professor at the Medical University of South Carolina where she divides her time between basic research and teaching.


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