What We Do

Whether you’re a startup creating a desired leadership culture to attract a talented workforce, an established firm looking to develop your leaders, or a whole company looking for a culture makeover, our programs will get you to your final destination.


Organizational Leadership Assessment: The OLA measures servant leadership styles to create optimum organizational health. The OLA is understandable and easy to complete, and takes fifteen minutes on average. It is designed to be taken by people at all levels of the organization (Top leaders, Managers and Workforce). The Individual Leadership Assessment (ILA) is part of our flagship Servant Leadership Training.

We provide executive coaching to maximize each individual’s personal and professional growth as a servant leader to meet organizational needs. All executive coaches are highly educated, experienced and certified.
Success is measured by the extent to which you can positively influence, grow and develop others.
Length of coaching engagements vary. We offer six-month, nine-month, annual or multi-year options.
Keynote Speeches

Our founder Marcel Schwantes speaks passionately on the power of servant leadership, drawing from convincing research, case studies and illustrations that leaves audiences in awe of the impact and potential of servant leadership for their own organizations. Marcel’s keynote presentations combine thought-provoking advice, practical steps and applications with interactive and experiential audience participation that informs, transforms, entertains, and inspires.

Servant Leadership Programs

Flagship Servant Leadership Training

Level 1: Introduction to Servant Leadership

  • Understand the basis and business case for servant leadership.
  • Recognize the six core behaviors of servant leadership that impact organizational life and work relationships.
  • Focus on specific ways to practice and improve your servant leadership.

Who Should Attend: Staff, supervisors, high potentials, managers, and executives (delivery geared toward audience level).

Level 2: Mastering Servant Leadership

  • Understand the basis and business case for servant leadership.
  • Recognize the six core behaviors of servant leadership that impact organizational life and work relationships.
  • Focus on specific ways to practice and improve your servant leadership behaviors.
  • Master those behaviors in your decisions and actions as leaders.
  • Practice healthy responses to scenarios that challenge us the most.
  • Tune in to the behaviors and practices before and during conflict, so you can resolve it.
  • Workbooks, assessments, reading, videos, discussion breakouts, peer panels, self-reflection are included.

Who Should Attend: Executives, managers, supervisors, and high potentials (delivery geared toward audience level).

Level 3 (Optional but recommended): Understanding Yourself and Others for a Stronger Community

  • Includes a refresher of Levels 1 & 2.
  • Includes modules from the Team Dynamics and Communication Effectiveness Training
  • Workbooks, assessments, reading, discussion breakouts, gamification, experiential exercises, videos, self-reflection.

Who Should Attend: managers, supervisors, and high potentials.

Flagship Servant Leadership Training as an Executive Retreat

Our eight-part training can be condensed as a one or two-day retreat for executive teams. We set the standard (and raise your bar high) for servant leadership behaviors and practices that need to take place for servant-minded culture change. This training program is highly participatory, experiential, engaging, and interactive. It includes breakout discussions, exercises, assessments, videos, and a peer-level teaching component.

Flagship Servant Leadership Training Retreat + Experiential/Outdoor Group Activities to Enhance Your Learning

Had enough of seat-based seminars? We all have experienced the maxim that “The mind can absorb no more than the seat can endure.” So, to counter mental stagnation and to reinforce key concepts of our workshops, our skilled leadership team will get you up and moving!

Whether convening at an outdoor resort up in the mountains, at a Marriott around the corner, or in a conference room down the hall, we will provide a menu of specialized group activities designed to strengthen communication, problem solving, and leadership skills. Participants should anticipate increased learning, application, retention, laughter, and heart rate! Get your sneakers and jeans on for these sessions! Results may vary.

Note: A full weekend retreat can combine specialized group activities with standard, interactive, classroom-setting workshops presented in our flagship Servant Leadership Training.

Team Dynamics and Communication Effectiveness Training (Onsite)

Team Dynamics and Communication Effectiveness Training (Onsite)

Always a hit, and we guarantee fun and laughter. This very interactive and experiential training is designed for full participation in mind! Its true impact is in how it drastically improves communication of teams and subordinate-manager relationships through mastering of personality types.

Participants will walk away with a thorough understand of their own and each other’s style of leading, communicating and getting work done. Think of this event for your company events, or leadership and staff retreats.

Typical outcomes include: improving morale, increasing collaboration, diminishing silos and developing greater interpersonal effectiveness between team members, departments and across functions.

Includes the ever-popular PeopleMap™ Questionnaire, plus participant workbooks.

Who Should Attend: Staff, supervisors, middle managers and high-potentials.


The Foundational Servant Leadership Development Series

This eight-phase training series is offered as a curriculum—not as “stand alone” webinars—for maximum learning and application.

We set the standard for servant leadership and model the behaviors and practices that need to take place for culture change. The curriculum is process-oriented, and each workshop will build on the last for increased learning.

Participants will benefit from action planning after each phase of training, where they will be asked to come up with behaviors or actions that they will need to practice to improve their leadership.

Each webinar is 90 minutes long and designed to be participatory, experiential  and interactive. Workbooks, PowerPoint slides and a certificate of completion are included.

Who Should Attend: Anyone in a leadership role with direct reports as well as high-potentials identified as future leaders.

Custom Programs

We understand every organization is different. Therefore, we will co-create and customize a servant leadership program that will not only meet your specific needs, but integrate seamlessly with other strategic initiatives for sustainable change. Contact us so we can begin the process of learning about your organization and current challenges.


4.6 out of 5.0

Our servant leadership training and workshops are consistently ranked high by participants.

Would recommend Leadership from the Core to others.

Overall quality of training program (Rated “Excellent” or “Very Good”).

Equipped me to be a better leader (Rated “Excellent” or “Very Good”).

What People Are Saying

Leadership from the Core is a must have for any organization. Their training is a unique, inspiring and empowering way of learning. This session brought me and my 60+ leaders back to the basics of leadership. Rediscovering our leadership styles, and learning how to optimize our talents to serve each other and the lives that are placed in our hands was the highlight of our year!

Gemma Rama-Banaag, Chief Nursing Officer at Paradise Valley Hospital

Leadership from the Core’s Marcel Schwantes is a gifted coach with a wealth of business background. He is focused, not on how much he can make, but how effectively he can serve his business clients who aspire to being premier servant leaders. The kicker is that he models the inner attributes which make servant leadership possible.

Gary Hedges, Founding Partner, The John Maxwell Team | President/CEO, Hedges & Assoc.

My coach’s insights make you think deeper about the situation you are in then you would probably been able to do on your own, which is a tremendous help when trying to speedily solve your problem or improve your current state of being. He is a natural teacher, a natural coach and I cannot recommend him highly enough.

Marc Van Hoek, Business Development Manager at Senn Delaney

Leadership from the Core was a great resource for me in my career. I was able to take what my coach taught me to further develop some skills that most certainly will help for many years to come. I would definitely recommend them if you want to get ahead or just learn who you are and how to relate to others better.

Trent Rhoads, General Manager, Amerilife and Health Services

Our team of eleven managers has begun working together effectively and efficiently. Their meetings are productive and lead to positive changes within our organization. They have learned how to communicate with each other as well as their employees. Through Leadership from the Core’s coaching and training, the team has learned how to define their mission, motivate their employees to get behind the mission, and to make decisions that are mission oriented. They are a much more positive force within the organization.

Becca Davis, M.Ed, LPC-MHSP, Director of Men’s Co-Occurring Program, The Ranch

I recently had the privilege of working with Marcel Schwantes to host a webinar for the Society of Actuaries on Servant Leadership. Marcel is very knowledgeable in the area of leadership and is driven by his own passion, compassion, and desire for personal growth. Marcel is hard-working and committed to improving the fruitfulness of corporate teams. I look forward to our continued work together, and highly recommend him to others!

Jamie Shallow, Associate Director, Actuarial Services at UnitedHealth Group
Ready for change? Contact us today to schedule a discovery call – this one’s on the house. Let’s explore new possibilities together.