Servant Leadership

"Great leaders do not create followers, they create more leaders."-Tom Peters

Leadership is about enriching the lives of individuals, building better organizations and ultimately creating a more just and caring world.  This is done through the leader having a clear vision, setting the direction and using power skills to build a thriving team and supporting and advocating for the development and wellbeing of each team member.  We believe that Strong Leaders Serve, giving of themselves to their teams and to their communities.

Power Skills

Human-centered skills, such as communication, social and emotional intelligence, critical thinking, problem-solving, teamwork, leadership, and intercultural fluency are not "soft skills," they are the most important skills needed to lead in today's workforce (particularly with hybrid and remote teams).  Without them, teams will not form the strong connections that lead to peak performance.


Without attention to all elements of a leaders' wellbeing (career, social, physical, community, and financial*), teams and communities cannot thrive.  Servant leadership must include this attention in order to succeed.

*Gallup's research-backed Five Elements of Wellbeing


Each person has unique value and should be treated and uplifted as such.  Our belief is rooted in the Christian and Hebrew belief of Imago Dei, meaning that all human life has tremendous dignity regardless of class, race, gender, or disability.  We seek to unlock and amplify the unique talents of each individual so that both they and those who they lead can flourish.


Our leadership development model is a cyclical model (think of it like a spiral staircase) with clear outcomes.  As leaders, we travel through each of these phases multiple times through our careers.

Ground: To effectively lead, leaders must first know who they are.  We help leaders gain clarity on their strengths and values so that they can lead with authenticity and impact. Outcome = Clarity

Grow: Continuous learning and development is a must for leaders.  Learning from experts as well as personal successes and missteps enables leaders to hone their skills and adapt to our VUCA world. Outcome = Confidence

Give: Leadership development is for the benefit of others.  You develop yourself to enrich the lives of others and create a most just and caring world. As an added benefit, giving of yourself to your teams and to your community is one of the best ways to continue to develop your skills and enhance your own wellbeing. Outcome = Connection

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Teri Schmidt is passionate about human connection and the leadership potential within each of us. 

She loves to develop individuals, teams, and organizations and has led multiple teams during her 20-year career.  At JetBlue Airways, she led teams focused on using data to help employees excel on the job, facilitated professional development workshops, and coached leaders and individual contributors. 

In 2017, she founded Stronger to Serve, a nonprofit dedicated to making it easy for families to connect with needs in their communities while having fun and boosting their physical and emotional wellbeing.

Eager to support working moms who excelled in many of the power skills necessary for success in today’s economy, she launched the Moms that Lead podcast in 2020.  Through the podcast and associated leadership coaching, she helped women gain clarity, confidence, and connection so that they can share their unique talents in the workplace, community, and at home.

Most recently, seeing the disconnection and strong desire for meaning at work, Teri has combined her efforts, launching Stronger to Serve Coaching & Teambuilding.  Using her leadership coaching and facilitation skills, combined with her knowledge of needs in the nonprofit community, Stronger to Serve coaches leaders and delivers teambuilding experiences that result in lasting enhanced team connections and results, while benefitting the community.

Teri is an IRONMAN triathlete who loves to be in nature backpacking, camping, and doing some occasional rock climbing.  She currently lives outside of Dallas with her three favorite people, her husband Jeff and her two teenage kids, Tyler and Megan.