Speaker   |   Coach   |   Facilitator


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 their organisations to grow.


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

My Practical Leadership Development model will show you how to design a strategy that will increase the return on investment for your frontline leadership development budget. My coaching based programs follow my Workplace Gardening Philosophy and help frontline leaders develop the skills they need to boost their performance, which leads to improved team productivity giving senior leaders peace of mind.

I work with 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.