Our Effective Approach
Too often leaders waste energy, time, and money trying to make strategy and operations to do something they can’t — compensate for the human factor. If it wasn’t for the people, leadership would be easy.
Who we are below the water line influences every part of our lives.
How you lead your Self is how you lead everything.
Too many successful leaders aren’t adept in the art of self-leadership.
Knowing what’s going on below the waterline is essential to being a leader worth following.
Create a global community of wholehearted leaders, and our proven process has helped hundreds of successful people be leaders worth following.
Our Unique Ability
Helping leaders be the best version of themselves.
Our Proven Process
While technology has many, many incredible benefits, it cannot come close to what can be accomplished when people are in the same room together. Relationship is the key and the core of what The Leadership Lab does, and this is why most Leadership Lab offerings take place real-time, face to face, and on a human scale.
Our Guidelines for Success
All programs delivered thought the leadership lab follow these guidelines
to help participants get the most from their experiences.
Be here now & somewhere else later.
Unplug. Come Prepared.
Trust takes more courage than time.
Truth is freedom.
Freedom is scary.
The most valuable gift
you have to share is your Self.
Ask honest questions.
Listen before you speak.
Keep your own conscious.
Trust your own gut.
We believe that
• Bigger is very often less effective.
• Change takes risk.
• Growth takes work.
• Time is essential.
Our proven process has helped hundreds of successful people be leaders worth following.
1. Engage Story.
Your story influences everything that you do, think, and believe. We learn to use that to our advantage or it ends up controlling us. By better knowing your leadership story you will discover how it makes you uniquely quipped for success.
2. Create Community.
Leaders are lonely. You can’t be your best self without the genuine support, heartfelt encouragement, compassionate accountability, and honest feedback of others. A likened network of successful full-hearted leaders who want to live more meaningful and generative lives.
3. Impact Others.
As we grow our true selves we have more and more to give to others. Full-hearted leaders become expanding spheres of influence who live fully, love deeply, and lead well.
“Little did I know the impact this would have on my life! My children have seen a difference in the way I parent. My wife has a better husband, and my employees have a better leader.”
Owner, Operator – Chick-fil-A
Stephen James, LPC-MHSP
Founder & CEO
Stephen is a social entrepreneur with a passion for creating life changing organizations, programs, and events that help others live fully, love deeply, and lead well. His unique ability is helping successful individuals and organizations clarify, adapt, innovate, and restore.
Besides The Leadership Lab, Stephen is the founder and executive director of Sage Hill Counseling. With offices in Nashville, Brentwood, and Murfreesboro, Tennessee, SHC helps individuals, couples, teens, and families recover their hearts, redeem their stories, and transform their lives.
He is the Assistant Coach for Mental Performance for the Nashville Soccer Club. Stephen has worked with athletes and teams from a variety of environments including MLB, MLS, NFL, NHL, Olympics, USL, and the SEC to play with heart so they can develop and sustain the passion, character, and resilience to achieve their dreams.
Before Sage Hill, Stephen worked as a private practice psychotherapist in Nashville, TN, for more than a decade.
Stephen is the co-author of seven books, including the bestselling Wild Things: The Art of Nurturing Boys. His latest books include:
Parenting with Heart: How Imperfect Parents Raise Resilient, Loving, and Wise-hearted Kids.
Hope in the Age of Addiction: How to Find Freedom and Restore Your Relationships
Stephen earned his master’s in Counseling from The Seattle School of Theology and Psychology and his bachelor’s from Belmont University.
He has been married to Heather for over 20 years, and together they have four children.
A native Nashvillian who grew up playing youth sports in the gyms and fields all over Middle Tennessee. A remarkably average athlete, Scott did not make a big impact in the high school or college stat columns, but he found his niche as a gifted leader and communicator among his teammates and coaches.
Scott attended Baylor University and earned a degree in Communications and a minor in Business. with the goal of creating a growth and support community where Middle Tennessee’s most important youth influencers, athletic coaches, can become the very best version of themselves.
Scott’s most rewarding and challenging roles in his life are being a husband to Allison, father to his son, Fisher, and daughter, Hart. In his spare time, Scott loves to sweat, read, be outside with his black lab, Ranger, or trying to catch a fish/shoot a bird with friends.
Ben Howard, MBA
Ben Howard has been living at the crossroads of art, commerce, and faith for more than 25 years. Having worked among a variety of companies in the entertainment industry, he was most recently the Executive VP of Provident Films, (a Sony Music company), partnering with Sony Pictures for distribution. In this capacity, he developed and nurtured Provident’s fruitful relationship with Sherwood Pictures, the Kendrick Brothers, the Erwin Brothers, and Kirk Cameron. Ben’s box office highlights include Moms’ Night Out, Woodlawn, War Room, October Baby, Facing the Giants, Fireproof, and Courageous. After a stint in the music business, Ben made his first foray into film and video in 1997 when he joined the emerging entertainment company Big Idea Productions (VeggieTales). He helped establish Big Idea’s first marketing department, and founded its music division which became the No. 1-seller of children’s music. During his time there, Veggie Tales became an industry-leading family brand, and more than 25 million videos were sold. His time their culminated with the successful release of Jonah, A VeggieTales Movie (Artisan).
Ben is a graduate of the University of Alabama (BA) and Vanderbilt University’s Owen School of Management (MBA). He and his wife Gwen have three children and live in Brentwood TN.