Smith Leadership’s founders are Sara and Paul Smith, seasoned coaches with broad business experience and unique abilities to connect with and inspire their clients and client organizations.
Sara Smith's broad range of experience began in sales, moved into sales management and then into coaching and consulting. She spent nearly 30 years with IBM as a sales representative, manager/leader, internal consultant and coach.
Early in her IBM career, Sara was a recognized sales leader. Those experiences opened doors to management and leadership positions. Toward the last part of her career , she became a part of IBM's global transformation team - the team that orchestrated the rapid evolution of IBM into a premier services company. It was during that time she became an executive coach, consultant and professional change agent. She coached a variety of IBM executives who had responsibility for major portions of IBM's business. Each of those executives experienced growth within themselves, their teams and their business results.
Since leaving IBM, Sara has continued working to transform organizations. As CEO of Smith Leadership, her clients include executives of regional and global firms. She has worked with CEOs, CFOs, international sales executives and their teams. One of her specialties is to help accelerate cross-organizational teaming to create new businesses and strategic alliances. Sara has distinguished herself through her variety of approaches, tools and experiences. She is a master at helping people change, increase their effectiveness as leaders and reinvent their organizations.
Sara has served as an adjunct professor at SMU's Cox School of Business where she taught Leader as Coach in the MBA program. She is currently a guest instructor at Phillips Theological Seminary and TCU's Brite Divinity School, where she instructs doctoral students in the fundamentals of leadership and emotional intelligence.
Sara earned both Bachelor's and Master's degrees from Texas Christian University and is certified as a Master Certified Coach (MCC) by the International Coach Federation. Sara received her Certified Professional Co-Active Coach (CPCC) certification from The Coaches Training Institute (CTI) and completed the Teleos Executive Coach Development Program. She is certified as a Bigger Game trainer, Tilt 365 Influence Predictor practitioner and in the use of the Hay Group Emotional Social Competencies Intelligence survey.
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