I’m Karen Schmidt, the frontline leadership expert. I want to start a grass roots change to the way we develop frontline leaders so they can go from surviving to thriving and help your organisation to grow.



According to a survey by Development Dimensions International, 28% of internal leadership promotions fail to perform. This statistic should be of concern to anyone responsible for developing new leaders.

Having authored 5 books and worked with over 20 industries in 8 countries, the senior leaders I meet tell me that most leadership development programs they’ve tried don’t work. I have a process that does.

Using my Practical Leadership Development model let me show you how to increase the return on investment for your frontline leadership development budget.

My programs will help your frontline leaders develop the skills they need to boost their performance, which leads to improved team productivity and gives your senior leaders peace of mind.


Whether you have people who are:

  • Wanting to take on their first leadership position but lack the skills
  • About to be promoted and nervous because they aren’t prepared
  • Just been promoted and struggling with the role
  • Been in the role for a while and want to boost their performance


If you need a down to earth, practical approach to developing your frontline leaders let’s talk.