Because a company with high-growth expectations can quickly outpace its ability to scale, Summit Leadership Partners provides the real-world expertise and practical solutions to help their clients accelerate change and reach the next level of performance.
Who They Are
Led by former business executives with deep behavioral science expertise, their team does more than just consult. They operate as trusted business partners and strategic advisors who guide individuals and companies on how to reach their full potential.
Summit was founded in 2014 by Dan Hawkins, a global executive and CHRO with a passion for enabling growth-oriented companies and business leaders to scale and improve performance. Since then, they have attracted some of the finest talent and organizational performance experts in the industry and helped a wide range of businesses meet the demanding expectations of boards and investors.
Having held senior leadership roles with high performing global companies, they bring a pragmatic, outcome-focused business mindset to every project. Summit thinks holistically about organizational context, underlying issues, and potential implications, and they deliver solutions that are customized, effective, and sustainable. They are collaborative, courageous, and client-centric.
Charlotte Business Award
Based in Austin, Charlotte, Dallas, Denver, Nashville, New York, and San Francisco, our consulting team combines deep behavioral science expertise and trusted real-world C-suite acumen and board experience in ways that measurably improve individual, team, and organizational performance. We hold advanced degrees, have backgrounds in a wide range of industries, and are certified in the most effective individual and organization assessment tools.
Executive Assessment & Development
One of the most important decisions a Board or company makes is selecting the right person for the most critical leadership positions in the company. Failed senior executives result in lost revenue potential, decreased customer or investor confidence, diminished employee engagement, and ultimately a drop in shareholder value. We objectively assess, develop, and prepare CEOs and their teams to perform at peak levels.
Senior Team Performance Acceleration
The ability to execute strategically and deliver on expected financial performance outcomes is paramount for the C-suite. High performing executive teams are aligned around vision, goals, accountabilities, critical leadership behaviors, and how they mobilize the broader organization to execute. We help SCALE© teams and increase organization performance by starting at the top.
Organization Performance to Scale
Organization capability gaps are often the greatest inhibitor and constraint to growth, strategic execution, and ultimately enterprise value creation. Following any significant strategic shift, investment, or new market entry, it is critical to have the right leaders, organization design, culture, talent, decision making, and accountability processes in place.
At Summit, we leverage a rigorous process to identify strengths and gaps in the organization to develop and implement an organization blueprint to accelerate the company’s strategic agenda and expected returns.
For an industry that is all too familiar with the reality of economic downturns, confronting the COVID-19 pandemic has been unlike any other crisis in memory. Executive recruiting leaders say they have no idea this time around how extensive or long lasting the damage will be, never mind when business will return to normal. A
Product development expert Kevin Impelman has joined Summit Leadership Partners to lead the firm’s consulting products and services practice. “Our business and team have been growing rapidly and we’re fortunate to welcome such an experienced and forward-looking thought leader like Kevin to help us develop and launch a new lineup of innovative products and services
The COVID-19 pandemic is causing worldwide public health concerns and widespread disruptions across the global economy, including for businesses and schools. It has caused society to put a pause on public gatherings, sporting events, the arts, restaurants and nightlife, which otherwise would have provided relief during difficult times. As the crisis unfolded last week, the
Charlotte, NC – Dec. 14, 2020 – Charlotte-based leadership advisory firm, Summit Leadership Partners, ranks #5 this year on Consulting Magazine’s Fastest Growing Firms list, a prestigious industry award highlighting the up-and-coming firms in the US that are outpacing the consulting industry. This will be the sixth year in a row Consulting Magazine has ranked the profession’s movers and shakers in terms
Charlotte, NC – Dec. 4, 2020 – Charlotte-based leadership advisory firm, Summit Leadership Partners, LLC, makes its debut on the 2020 Charlotte Business Journal Fast 50 list, a prestigious award gathering the fastest-growing private companies in the city. Summit was ranked the 10th fastest growing private company in Charlotte due to the leadership advisory firm’s
November 16th, 2020 – By Dan Hawkins What is emotional intelligence? In 1990, Daniel Goleman, then a science reporter at the New York Times, happened upon an article in a scientific journal that referenced EQ. He proceeded to do his own research and found that high-performing leaders were distinguished by their degree of self-awareness, empathy
Kevin Impelman, Ph.D. and product development expert, joins Charlotte-based leadership advisory firm, Summit Leadership Partners, as the new Director of the firm’s Consulting Products & Services practice. Mr. Impelman brings almost 20 years of experience serving as a trusted advisor to global organizations on talent management and has conducted extensive research in developing and deploying
Charlotte, NC – Aug. 12, 2020 – Charlotte-based leadership advisory firm, Summit Leadership Partners, has been recognized as one of Inc. 5000s fastest growing companies in America in 2020. This prestigious acknowledgement comes just five years after CEO, Dan Hawkins, left a successful corporate career as a trusted advisor and CHRO to pursue a dream of creating a leadership advisory
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Looking Ahead to 2021
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