Leadership TRAINING

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Are you experiencing more than 8% Employee Turnover? Do you know how much Absenteeism is costing you? Are Low Productivity, Negativity & Disengagement hurting your bottom line?


Sage & Summit offers a number of Leadership Training Programs. We work with you to develop a leadership culture that will support your business’s values and culture.  Our leadership training solutions include:
  • Leadership Academy
  • Supervisor Training
  • Performance Management
  • Conflict Management
  • Strategic Management
  • Executive Coaching
  • Leadership Acceleration
  • Leadership Development Programs
  • Power & Influence For Leaders That Want To Make A Difference
  • Developing A Sustainable High Performance Culture
  • Workshops & Seminarks
  • Assessments & 360 Tools
Our solutions are not canned.  You determine your outcomes, we facilitate your success.  The pathway and content is customized to your unique challenges and desired outcomes.

Learn How Executive Coaching Can Develop Your Fortitude As A Leader

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Will you seek the services of an unqualified surgeon, psychologist or electrician? Why would you then appoint unqualified, and untrained managers and leaders? Continued investment in leadership skills will:

Improve Employee Satisfaction and Engagement

Through leadership training, your team will learn the Art Of Having Tough Conversations.  Giving feedback is a skill of successful leaders.  Our training solutions will teach your Leaders how to praise when it is well-earned and provide constructive feedback when necessary.
43% of highly engaged employees receive feedback at least once a week compared to only 18% of those with low engagement.

Nurture Future Leaders

You need to be strategic about developing and nurturing future leaders. Without strategy, leadership roles are often given to the most forward candidates with dominant personalities. Quality leadership is a combination of the right qualities and the right training. Identify those who have what it takes and provide them with targeted leadership training. Nurturing future leaders supports succession planning and offers career pathways to employees, further increasing retention.

Increase Productivity

The right, consistent leadership can increase the productivity of your people. At its primal level, leadership is about understanding your people, connecting with them and influencing them. Leadership training that encompasses emotional intelligence, influence and the capacity to engage and mobilize can hone these emotional skills in your people managers and leaders.

Implement An Effective Leadership Style

Leadership training can assist in implementing the most appropriate leadership style for your organization and the work you do. There are several leadership styles, all with their own advantages and disadvantages. Leadership training can also help individual leaders develop their own personal leadership style that their team members will best respond to.

Retain Your Most Valuable Asset … Your People!

75% of people voluntarily leaving jobs don’t quit their jobs, they quit their bosses!
That’s right, employees leave ineffective leaders. By investing in leadership training, you can retain your people and reduce costly recruitment expenses.

Make Better Decisions

Last, but absolutely not least: Leadership training can result in better decision-making. How? Leaders functioning at a high level of emotional intelligence have the perspective to make informed, intelligent business decisions. For that reason alone, you can consider your leadership training investment returned.
Do you know that government funding is available for training?


Increased Productivity

Among Your Employees

Retain People

Who Will Stick By Your Side

Creation of Effective Leaders

That Your People Respond To

Increased Engagement

Through Effective Feedback

Make Better Decisions

with a Higher Level of Emotional Intelligence

Creation of Future Leaders

for Succession Planning


Leadership Development Assessment
The CheckPoint 360°™ helps you:
  • Guide your own professional development
  • Improve employee morale, productivity, and satisfaction
  • Decrease staff turnover
See how the CheckPoint 360°™ Leadership Development assessment works firsthand when you request a demo. It’s easy to get started with a free trial and free consultation. There’s no obligation, no upfront cost, and it’s 100% risk free.
Educational Career Assessment Tool
The Pathway Planner™ Assessment Tool with:
  • Provide an overview of unique strengths, talents, and abilities
  • Helps students choose majors and degrees that match their thinking style, personality traits, and interests
  • Assists adults in transitioning from one career to another
  • Provides a way for people to learn about their abilities and validate their career choices
  • Identifies career possibilities and offers insight into occupations for the highly-skilled, competitive workforce
See how the Pathway Planner™ works firsthand when you request a demo. It’s easy to get started with a free trial and free consultation. There’s no obligation, no upfront cost, and it’s 100% risk free.
ProfileXT® Leadership Approach
The Six Components of Leadership Success:
  • Innovating Strategic Initiatives
  • Maximizing Resources
  • Utilizing Organizational Synergies
  • Producing Quality Results
  • Mentoring Others
  • Maintaining High Personal Standards
See how the ProfileXT® works firsthand when you request a demo. It’s easy to get started with a free trial and free consultation. There’s no obligation, no upfront cost, and it’s 100% risk free.

What our clients say

I received leadership coaching by Mardere Birkill at Sage and Summit Consulting. Mardere is very professional, yet, has a way of making one feel at home. Upon completion of my session, I had learnt ways and strategies to improve my performance at work and reach my goals to become the best I can be within my career. I left feeling empowered and ready to put what I learnt into action. I Highly recommend Sage and Summit.

Tamlyn Sacrey

I had the privilege of working with Marderé at a conference in Sarasota Florida. I utilized her as an executive coach to further explore the development of a coaching niche. Her coaching was impeccable, and I was able to find a viable opportunity I had not explored. Moreover, she was able to insure I held myself accountable for the steps that I needed to take to launch my new product. It was a wonderful experience for me and will without a doubt improve my business. I highly recommend Mardere as a coach and vouch for her skills and experience.


Dr. Michael D. Ikona

It is an absolute delight to work with Marderé. As a coach and advisor to leaders, she brings an incredible range of skills, methods, and tools. She has a robust toolkit to help organizations improve performance and results at all levels. In addition, she is extremely insightful, helping leaders think about problems in new ways and find better solutions than they would working within their organizations or on their own. She is diplomatic in her approach, which allows her to work in complex organizations, including those with lots of politics in play. Her style is also engaging, enthusiastic, and positive. On a side note, she is an excellent public speaker should your organization have needs in addition to coaching, consulting, and facilitation. I have had the opportunity to observe Mardere in a variety of challenging coaching situations and she has gotten results with many different types of leaders and managers, working through a variety of urgent and important leadership challenges. I can't recommend her highly enough.


Andrew Neitlich
Founder and Director / Leading executive, leadership, and business coach training organization

Mardere's leadership coaching skills are exemplary. Her positive energy, approachable demeanor, seemingly endless creativity and intellectual horsepower have made it possible for me to move new levels quickly and effectively. Mardere's coaching is decidedly client-focused which creates an independent growth capability void of reliance on the coach; an important factor for me. Recommending Mardere is an easy choice.

Evan Hendry

Your presentation today was excellent and informative. Look forward to more future meetings.



Thanks to Marderé Birkill for a wonderfully thoughtful and inspiring presentation to Smoky Lake entrepreneurs and supporters.

Cathy Goulety

I had my first meeting with them (Sage & Summit) on Wednesday. Absolutely amazing! I got so much out of one meeting and had my expectations exceeded that I can't wait to go back. Very professional and extremely helpful. I asked a few of their clients before I went as a background check and they all said the same thing I am. Highly recommended.


I have had the pleasure of working with Marderé Birkill, the owner of Sage and Summit for quite some time now. I am receiving personal coaching from her and have also recommended a number of clients over to her program. During this time, Mardere has been very professional. She has helped me in more ways than I can count. Feedback from other Business owners has been the same. She listens and helps you to really understand what you need in order to take your business to the next level. She holds you accountable which for me is important. Her level of integrity is something you don't find often anymore.  I highly recommend her to anyone who is wanting personal or professional growth.

Bianca Cooper

In observing Mardere’s coaching style it was both intuitive and smart. I found her engaging, insightful to work with and her leadership style draws you in and keeps you on point. She is an outstanding coach and consultant. Mardere’ would be an asset for any organization or individual looking to “up their game!” I highly recommend her.

Liz Benson

If you are looking for a public speaker to engage your company with real life guidance for success and growth look no further than Marderé Birkill at Sage & Summit Consulting.


Wayne Ward, Wave Mason Media Inc.

I benefited greatly from hiring Marderé, who helped strengthen my focus by helping me create a clearer plan for my 23-year-old business. As well, I feel like I have a reliable business coach that I can return to at any time for further help and questions. I would highly recommend Sage & Summit and I would say in working with Marderé that I found a knowledgeable professional with an impressive sense of understanding and purpose.


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