"With utmost professionalism and superb humor, Susan helped me put into effect situational leadership in the nonprofit world to detect and overcome dysfunctions in management spheres, set the course to design and implement problem-solving strategies, foster team building, and facilitate teamwork to efficiently achieve organizational goals. Susan’s coaching also allowed me to stay focused in the midst of unsettling organizational change and to develop mindfulness to be present, safeguard work-life balance, and continue thriving along my career journey. Susan's coaching couldn't be any more holistic and comprehensive."
Pablo Granados, Ph.D.
Fisheries Advisor and Consultant
Are you a “leader?”
Do you hold, or aspire to hold, a position of influence regarding the purposeful behavior and activities of others towards a shared goal? If so – regardless of your title or where you are located in the hierarchy (if any) – you are a leader by Susan’s definition.
What is “leadership coaching?”
Leadership coaching is a series of structured conversations designed to help leaders expand their capacities to communicate effectively, respond productively to conflict, take decisive action, and propel positive change by combining inner work (e.g., reflection) with outer work (skills acquisition) that is in alignment with the leader’s mission.
Coaching conversations are driven entirely by the client’s goals, and intentionally build on the client’s strengths. The coaching process, which mostly consists of exploring curious and clarifying questions, supports a leader’s ability to listen more efficiently to his or her inherent wisdom about how to make powerful, potentially transformational choices. Coaching topics are determined by the client and might include: strengthening management and decision-making strategies; creating and implementing action plans; expanding communication skills; improving time management; enhancing self-awareness, confidence and authenticity; cultivating leadership “presence;” mapping next steps towards another position with greater responsibility and impact; developing, personally, into a more spacious and visionary leader; and increasing job satisfaction by enjoying a well-balanced life.
Coaching is not: mentoring, consulting, counseling, health care of any kind, nor a therapeutic relationship concerned with exploring or healing issues from the past. (The therapeutic process is very important – and can go hand-in-hand with coaching simultaneously – but it is a very different process from coaching.) Coaching starts with who you are and where you are today, and taps into your inherent ability to see new possibilities and create more options for yourself as you move forward.