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    Marcel’s Story

    Marcel Schwantes founded Leadership from the Core with one defining mission: to end suffering in the workplace so that employees and businesses thrive. He has dedicated his life to teaching, coaching, and growing a new generation of leaders how best to inspire and engage human beings according to how they are naturally wired to feel and experience work.  

    Through decades of research, interviews with hundreds of global leaders, and coaching and training his own clients, Marcel found that the best organizations on the planet care about and value the whole person — their emotional, mental, physical, and even spiritual well-being — to achieve outstanding business outcomes. The evidence overwhelmingly asserts that a more humane and human-centered approach to leadership — serving the needs of others — will produce great results.

    Marcel now pursues partnerships with like-minded organizations looking to make a positive difference (in the world and in their respective organizations) by growing their leaders and work cultures through servant leadership. Watch this short video, narrated by Marcel, for a visual perspective of what has become his life’s work and purpose.

    What can Marcel do for you?

    Speaking engagements, workshops, leadership retreats, and coaching leaders of all levels. 

    Learn more

    Keynote Speaking Focus

    From Boss to Leader50%
    The Building Blocks of a Servant Leadership Culture30%
    The Mindset of a Great Leader (Building EQ and Self-Awareness)20%

    Ideal Audience

    So who’s Marcel’s ideal audience for a speaking engagement? 

    • You want to discover who you truly are as a leader.
    • You aspire to build a new company, team, or department with strong values and a purpose that has tremendous business impact.
    • You want to establish a healthy and profitable cultural identity by selecting and developing the right employees and the right leaders.
    • You want to develop the skills that inspire, motivate and empower others to do great things.
    • You want to raise up a new breed of high-impact leaders who will bring out the best in people.
    • You want a company of leaders who will build great relationships and great teams that will produce extraordinary results.

    Special interest: Marcel loves to speak to faith-based audiences, and work with motivated Christian leaders who want to change the world by changing the way people think about leadership.

    Why is the focus on human-centric leadership?

    When people feel valued, they value what they do, and they will produce better work. If you’re not convinced, here is what research is saying are some top reasons to consider developing leaders through a servant leadership approach:

    • Influence employees, peers, stakeholders and your community in a positive way
    • Happy employees = Happy Customers
    • High employee engagement and retention
    • Excellent corporate culture is developed
    • Increase trust and build better team relationships.
    • Higher performance = higher revenues

    Join Marcel on his mission to advance the kind of leader that will put people first to generate incredible results.


    Marcel is a speaker, executive coach, podcaster, author, and syndicated columnist with over 20 years experience in leadership and organizational development. Marcel is passionate about working with forward-thinking leaders intentional about the empowerment of people. Marcel’s work has been featured on Inc., CNBC, Forbes, Time, Business Insider, and The New York Post to name a few. Marcel hosts the Love in Action podcast, heard in over 100 countries, where he holds sacred space for deep and meaningful conversations with the world’s leaders and leadership experts to discuss the powerhouse business principles of practical love and care that lead to competitive advantage. Marcel holds degrees in Communications (B.A.) and Organizational Behavior (M.A.) and resides in Chattanooga, TN with his wife and son.

    Ready for change? Contact us today to schedule a discovery call – this one’s on the house. Let’s explore new possibilities together.