Who We Are

Our Philosophy

Successful leaders expertly flex their leadership style based on the situation at hand and the people they work with. How this style materializes into progressive leadership behaviors can be accidental, or intentional. We believe intentional development enables accelerated growth at every leadership stage. Thus our core belief:

Invest in people. Get results.

LeaderStages brings 25 years of successful business experience in helping leaders and companies unleash leadership capability at all levels.

We look forward to working with you.


Our Team


Swati Bharteey-Buck

Swati is an energetic, results focused business partner whose strengths include developing sustainable talent strategies that are tailored for her clients and the organizations in which they operate. Swati is also an executive coach and enjoys working with senior executives to help them differentiate themselves as leaders. Specifically, she brings focus to what it takes each leader to move authentically from “good” to “great” in the context of their environment and the culture in which they work.

Swati has been successful in both her internal roles in corporate America and as an external consultant. Her executive level positions, which span a career of twenty-five years, have ranged from general management and program strategy to culture change and the design and implementation of global initiatives. Swati has held executive level positions in global human resources, consulting, information technology, and corporate strategy teams for service delivery and key strategic initiatives.

Swati has an MBA from the University of Chicago, Booth School of Business.

Specifically, Swati’s areas of expertise include:

  • Human Resources Strategy, Planning and Execution
  • Executive Coaching
  • Leadership Development
  • Culture Change
  • Implementation of Sustainable Change Initiatives
  • Human Resources Generalist Service Delivery
  • Global Program Office and IT Program Delivery
  • Training design and delivery

Additional Certifications and Coursework

  • National Training Labs Courses: T-Groups, High Performance Teams, and Influencing Others
  • College of Executive Coaching: Intensive Coaching Training Program
    • Appreciative Inquiry and Coaching Part I and II
    • Coaching Skills and Practice Development
    • Emotional Intelligence and Coaching
    • How to Use Assessments in Coaching Part I and II
    • Executive Coaching
    • Coaching Competency and Feedback Seminar
  • Ross School of Business, University of Michigan: Strategic Human Resource Planning
  • Center For Creative Leadership: Women in Leadership
  • Corporate Leadership Council: Attracting and Retaining Critical Talent Segments
  • World at Work: Principles of Executive Rewards and Healthcare Insurance Plans
  • CPP: MBTI Certified Practitioner
  • HPS: EQi 2.0 and EQi 360 Certified Practitioner
  • Ruth Clark: How to Plan, Develop, and Evaluate Training
  • SHRM: HR Generalist Certification

View Swati’s LinkedIn profile.

John Buck

John has a broad experience leading global organizations in commercial sales and marketing, operations and general management roles within diversified industrial companies. As a senior P&L leader, John has a progressive track record of increasing responsibility, serving global customers with highly engineered products and delivering breakthrough results. His strength is in developing and deployed growth strategies that increase market share, drive sales growth, and create new value propositions in a diverse set of end deploying LEAN manufacturing tools has delivered profitability improvements, stronger customer satisfaction across a global manufacturing base. John possesses a good eye for talent and develops his team for higher performance. He is a passionate team leader who continually seeks transformational change to ensure the business remains globally competitive.

John has an MBA from the University of Chicago, Booth School of business.

Specifically, John’s areas of expertise include:

Revenue Growth
  • Strategy Development
  • M&A Strategy / Integration
  • New Product Development
  • Commercial Leadership
Talent Development
  • Leadership Development
  • Hiring – Selection
  • Team Building
  • Global Leadership
  • LEAN Manufacturing
  • Six Sigma – Quality Systems
  • Manufacturing Strategy

Additional Certifications and Coursework

  • Harvard – Negotiation Strategies for Leaders
  • University of Chicago – Strategy and Tactics of Pricing; Power and Influence in Organizations; Technology Strategy; Strategic Investments and Decision Making ; Advanced Corporate Finance
  • Miller Heiman – Conceptual Selling, Strategic Selling, Large Account Management Programs
  • American Marketing Association – Legal Aspects of Buying and Selling
  • Achieve Global – Certified Facilitor – Frontline Leadership Training Programs
  • Karrass – Basic Negotiation Skills
  • University of Washington – Advanced Negotiation Skills
  • Dupont Stop – Facilitator – Stop for Safety Program
  • Strategies – Deals – M&A; Strategic Marketing
  • Eaton University – “In the Zone” Executive Development Program
  • University of Wisconsin – General Management Intensive Development Program
  • Eaton Quality Institute – Business Excellence Examiner; Lean Six Sigma Assessor; Environmental Health and Safety Assessor;
  • Treacy and Associates – Strategic Growth Initiative Deployment Process
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