About the Daedalus Group

In Greek mythology, Daedalus (Dādălus) invented wings to escape a labyrinth in which he was imprisoned. Using extensive military and corporate leadership experience, combined with the best tools available, The Daedalus Group helps supervisors and managers develop wings to become effective leaders and escape the labyrinth of everyday management. As supervisors and managers become high-flying leaders, they help their teams and organizations soar to new heights. 

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The Daedalus Group began when founders Steve Alltop and Bob Mason combined their leadership development companies. They were both dedicated to leadership development and making supervisors and managers more effective leaders leading more productive teams. During their combined 54 years in the U.S. Air Force, Bob and Steve were fortunate to work with and for great leaders from whom they learned real leadership. Steve passed away in 2023 but his legacy is legacy lives on in Daedalus Group leadership development programs.

The Daedalus Group concentrates on developing leadership skills in supervisors and managers. These individuals are the backbone of any company because they translate executive direction and goals into action and have the most day-to-day, face-to-face contact with the people who accomplish the work that produces the company’s product or service.

Our approach to leadership development stems from the firm belief, backed by extensive experience, that leadership doesn’t have to be complicated. Leadership is simply getting things done through people and when supervisors and managers understand themselves, their purpose, and their team they become effective leaders.

The Daedalus Group Founders

Steve Alltop was a former U.S. Air Force fighter pilot. His military career took him from pilot training to high-performance jet aircraft in combat to an assortment of command and leadership positions. Retiring from the Air Force after 24 years of service, Steve joined the corporate world as a project manager supporting diverse projects that provided high-tech solutions to the modern warfighter.

Steve was a founder and managing partner of The Daedalus Group, He thoroughly enjoyed spending time with his leadership students, enriching their lives by helping them find the great leader within and having a lasting effect on those that they lead.

Steve was a graduate of the United States Air Force Academy with a B.S. in Astronautical Engineering. He held a Masters of Aeronautical Sciences, a Masters of Business Administration and is a certified Project Management Professional.  Steve passed away in 2023 but his legacy remains in Daedalus Group leadership development programs.

During a 30-year  career in the U.S. Air Force, Bob Mason worked in aircraft and munitions maintenance and was a crew member in combat rescue. Very early in his career he was given the opportunity to lead ever larger and more complex teams, eventually commanding four different squadrons, including a deployed aircraft maintenance squadron and the Air Force’s largest munitions squadron.

When Bob retired from the Air Force he started a company dedicated to helping others learn the skills that he has found make leaders successful. He has studied leadership extensively, but more importantly has been there, working with real people, making hard decisions, and experiencing the results.

Bob is a professional speaker and author and is a Past President of the New Mexico chapter of the National Speakers Association. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Human Resource Management, a Master of Science in Aeronautics, and a Master of Business Administration in Aviation. He is the author of four books on leadership. Bob lives in Albuquerque, New Mexico where he and his wife enjoy hiking and exploring the history of the Southwest.

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