About Us - The Leadership Lab

The world and our families are desperate for full-hearted leadership.


Enable leaders to be the best version of themselves at home and work.


Make the world whole through local communities of full-hearted leaders.


Provide successful leaders clarity, courage, and confidence to live more meaningful, purposeful and influential lives through our local membership communities and leadership advising.


Do good work.
Keep Heart.
Love People.
TRTFOOT (Teddy Roosevelt the F!#* Out of Things)


The world and our families are desperate for full-hearted leadership.
We must lead ourselves first.
We can be more than successful.
What got us here won’t get us where we want to go.
We don’t have to go it alone.
Leadership is an art.
When it comes to leadership; EQ>IQ.


Be more than successful.

Show Up

Be here now & somewhere else later.
Come Prepared.

Be Brave

Trust takes more courage than time.
Truth is freedom. Freedom is scary.
Lean into confrontations. Offer courageous feedback.
Open up. Practice vulnerability.
The most valuable gift you have to share is your Self.

One person’s work is everyone’s work

We’re more the same than we are different.
Look for similarities and connection (not solution).
Listen for themes.
Engage the story.

Be Curious

Ask honest questions.
Eliminate “Why?”
Avoid Yes/No questions.
Listen before you speak.
Ask the courageous question


Encouragement is always welcome.
Celebrate yourself. Celebrate others.

Stay True

Practice confidentiality.
Keep your own conscience.
Distrust openly.
Trust your own gut.

Stephen James, LPC-MHSP
Stephen James, LPC-MHSP

Social Entrepreneur • Leadership Advisor • Bestselling Author

Stephen has spent his professional career helping others live lives of meaning and significance in several different contexts:

  • sought-after leadership advisor and consultant
  • a private practice psychotherapist working with individuals and couples for almost 20 years
  • mental performance coach with championship-winning head coaches, athletes, and teams from a variety of environments including MLB, MLS, NFL, NHL, Olympics, USL, and the SEC
  • founder & executive director of Sage Hill Counseling
  • co-author of seven books, including the bestselling “Wild Things: The Art of Nurturing Boys.”

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 25 years, and together they have four children.

Scott Hearon
Scott Hearon


Scott is a social entrepreneur who builds and contributes to organizations that influence leaders to live and lead with courage and clarity. His professional contexts include:

  • Leadership advisor and organizational consultant for growth minded solo-preneurs and team leaders seeking clarity and alignment
  • Co-founder and former Executive Director of the Nashville Coaching Coalition
  • Chief Operations Officer for the Leadership Lab
  • Teacher and workshop facilitator for people-centric organizations

Scott, a Nashville native, earned his bachelor’s degree from Baylor University and is certified in the Spiritual Root SystemTM. He is husband to Allison and Dad to Fisher and Hart (and soon to be a third) and their black lab, Ranger.

Dane Anthony
Dane Anthony

Executive Coach

Dane’s professional path focuses on leading and facilitating conversations of meaning and purpose helping others explore the deeper connections that bring awareness and grounded practices to work and relationships.

He has fostered engagement-centered leadership in the following contexts:

  • more than 30 years in Higher Education as University Chaplaincy, Student Services Administrator, and Faculty member.
  • spiritual guide and mentor for more than 30 years through spiritual direction, vocational discernment, men’s groups, and retreat leadership.
  • 20+ years of experience teaching and consulting with the StrengthsFinder Inventory for individuals and businesses.

Dane earned his bachelor’s degree from Missouri State University and his Master of Divinity from Midwestern Seminary.  In addition, he holds certifications in Spiritual Direction and as a Prepared Facilitator in the Circle of Trust Retreat process from the Center for Courage & Renewal.

He has been married for more than 25 years to Maggie. They have 3 grown children.

Jeremy Werthan, MS
Jeremy Werthan, MS

Executive Coach

Jeremy has a range of entrepreneurial experience as an executive in several start-up ventures. Having successfully worked in the financial management space, his experience in the capital funding arena led to the creation of a business in the manufacturing and construction space. He helps individuals and groups work into a posture of resiliency through hardship and aims to guide others in creating admirable, full-hearted engagement in their respective careers and family lives. Jeremy’s experience spans a broad spectrum including:

  • leadership and organizational coach for the entrepreneur community;
    coaching parenting skills
  • a private practice life guide working with individuals and couples;
  • board member of several non-profit agencies and foundations
  • active investor in multiple real estate and private businesses
  • has been integral to the sale/acquisition of several businesses

Jeremy earned his master’s degree in Counseling from Capella University and his bachelor’s degree in Human and Organizational Development from Vanderbilt University.

He is a fourth-generation Nashvillian and is married with four adult children (and one needy labrador).

Neely Rein
Neely Rein

Executive Assistant

Grace Streitmatter
Grace Streitmatter

Member Experience Coordinator