About Melissa

Melissa Eisler, MA, PCC
Executive Coach & Leadership Development Consultant 

As an ICF-PCC Certified Executive Coach, I partner with senior leaders to develop their strategic and systems thinking, resilience, productive communication skills, emotional intelligence, and team dynamics in order to reach individual, team, and organizational goals. My coaching practice includes working one-on-one with senior executives, as well as coaching co-founders, executive leadership teams, and high-performance teams.

I have coached hundreds of leaders ranging from C-suite and executive management to entrepreneur, from Fortune 500 companies to startups, and across diverse industries. What my clients have in common is they are all high achievers who are open to investigating their blind spots and discovering new ways to reach and magnify success.

Clients and colleagues have consistently recommended me, citing me as a trusted and empowering coach, strategic and creative thinker, and direct and compassionate communicator. I am told I have a warm, motivating way of challenging clients and holding them accountable for designing and sustaining meaningful change. You can read more about what my past and current clients have to say about having me as a coach on my testimonials page.

I provide customized solutions for leaders and organizations. This approach includes assessments, feedback, and inquiry to generate insights and a development plan based on strengths, needs, and gaps. While the specifics of the approach look different for each leader, my clients and I always focus on integrating their states of “being” and "doing.” When these two align, profound leaps in leadership become possible.

As Albert Einstein said, “The mind that opens to a new idea never returns to its original size.” I couldn’t agree more. I partner with clients to expand their perspectives so they can design new possibilities for action that will lead to more meaningful results. I have always been fascinated by human behavior, cultures, and the way people live and work around the world — with a focus on what we can learn from our differences. Traveling to 35+ countries has broadened my perspective; this expansive way of thinking influences my coaching style.

I earned my Master's degree in organizational leadership from the University of San Diego, and have more than 15 years of experience in leadership positions in the corporate world, reporting directly to C-suite and leading large teams to achieve impressive growth amid organizational change. I’ve led teams during IPOs, mergers, acquisitions, and many phases of organizational change and challenge, which has driven my research and niche in supporting leaders through VUCA (Volatility, Uncertainty, Complexity, Ambiguity) times.

I blend my leadership experience with my education in organizational leadership and extensive background in mindfulness, to support my clients’ growth through challenges and change. On a personal note, I have a passion for transformation and personal development. My own experiences and transitions through loss, careers, grief, and relationships have fueled a desire to step out of my comfort zone, overcome my fears, and search for meaning — and help others do the same.

I am certified as a professional executive coach by the International Coach Federation and Newfield Network. I am also a certified meditation and mindfulness instructor, registered yoga teacher, and enjoy leading workshops, trainings, keynotes, and retreats about mindfulness and leadership.

Specialties & Strengths: Executive coaching, leadership development, leadership training & facilitation, team building, mindful leadership, experiential learning, leadership coaching, resilience, group dynamics, navigating change and VUCA (volatility, uncertainty, complexity, and ambiguity), systems & strategic thinking, building a culture of feedback and accountability, effective communication

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Both/And Leadership Mindset

6 Ways to Embrace a Both/And Leadership Mindset and Communication Approach

By Melissa Eisler |

A both/and leadership mindset can lead you to more informed decisions, more collaborative teams, and stronger relationships and results. Keep reading to learn six tips on how to embrace this productive and collaborative mindset as a leader.

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4 Frameworks for Feedback Conversations Leaders Can Use

By Melissa Eisler |

You know you have to give someone feedback, but the idea of giving constructive feedback has you in knots. What’s the best way to say what you need to say so it is productive for everyone? Learn four frameworks for feedback conversations you can use to deliver feedback in a candid, compassionate, and productive way.

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Strategic boundaries

How to Create Healthy and Strategic Boundaries

By Melissa Eisler |

We all have the same 24 hours in each day. You must use your time wisely – in a way that meets your strategic initiatives at work and your personal goals simultaneously. Creating and communicating strategic boundaries is the best way to focus your time and resources on high-impact, mission-critical efforts and activities.

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power at work

Power at Work: What it Really Means and How to Gain Power (Even When You Think You Have None)

By Melissa Eisler |

Most people think of manipulation and deceit when they think of power at work. However, power is often misunderstood – and it is not inherently bad. The more you understand power, the more power is accessible to you. Learn about 11 types of power and find tips on how to gain more power at work.

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compassion and candor

The Intersection of Compassion and Candor in Workplace Communication

By Melissa Eisler |

We must cleanse our organizations of the negative stigma of direct communication, and replace it with the sense of generosity. Saying something that needs to be said is a gift that strengthens people, teams, and organizations if done with care. Here is how to balance compassion and candor in your communication.

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active-listening

Active Listening: 12 Levels to Enhance Your Listening Skills

By Melissa Eisler |

When most people are listening, their minds are elsewhere. By contrast, active listening is when you place all of your focus on the speaker – paying attention at 12 distinct levels. Find out what they are and how to practice them – to establish trust in your relationships, build psychological safety on your teams, and deepen your connections both personally and professionally.

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surprising benefits of imposter syndrome

5 Surprising Benefits of Imposter Syndrome

By Melissa Eisler |

While feeling like a fraud is a common problem for high achievers, new research suggests there are some surprising benefits to imposter syndrome, or rather, to imposter thoughts. Here are the notable benefits, as well as some strategies you can take to strike the right balance between confidence and humility.

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psych safety

Psychological Safety: What It Is and How to Build it on Your Teams

By Melissa Eisler |

Psychological safety is the secret ingredient that sets highly effective teams apart from those that are average or under-performing and the reason some teams retain long-term superstars, while others have high turnover. Once you understand what it is and why it’s so important in team cultures, you can begin to take some steps to foster more of it in your organization and environment, and ultimately create a team everyone wants to work for.

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slow-down-to-speed-up

A Strategic Leadership Paradox: Slow Down to Speed Up

By Melissa Eisler |

Moving too fast can cause errors, self-centeredness, misunderstandings, lack of innovation and strategic thinking, chaos, and so much more. Yet … it is what we do all the time. Here are six slow-down strategies for fast movers that will leave you more productive and engaged.

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9 Ways to Build Your Capacity to Manage Uncertainty

By Melissa Eisler |

For most people – uncertainty is stressful. If you’re less tolerant to the unknown and changing conditions of life, there are ways to build your capacity to manage uncertainty. In other words, you can learn to meet uncertainty with resilience. Here are nine strategies to try…

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Certified by Newfield Network and the International Coach Federation (ICF). Member of the Forbes Coaches Council.

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