Executive & Leadership Coaching
Executive coaching is a high-impact developmental partnership between coach and leader (client), where both engage in a thought-provoking and creative process that inspires and challenges the client to maximize personal and professional potential. Executive coaches are often thought of as thought partners, accountability partners, advisors, sounding boards, advocates, and people who challenge you all at once.
Coaching is designed to facilitate the creation/development of professional and/or business goals – and to develop and carry out a strategy to achieve those goals. Executive coaching is standard for leaders today, and often noted as the key differentiator in elevating their career, their success, and their enjoyment in life – both personally and professionally.
My training in rooted in ontological coaching. This means that in coaching, my clients and I focus on how they are being, rather than only strategizing on what they are doing. Because I provide customized solutions for leaders and organizations, every coaching engagement is different and based around the needs of each client. 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, I believe profound leaps in leadership become possible.
I coach high-achieving leaders, particularly those who are moving through change or taking on big challenges. I have coached leaders ranging from C-suite executives to mid-level management, from Fortune 500 companies to startups, and across highly diverse industries including technology, finance, biotech, media, e-commerce, healthcare, education, manufacturing, and non-profit.
In coaching engagements, I guide clients through a process of inquiry, feedback, assessments, and looking inward to discover not just what they do and have accomplished, but also how they work and what makes them feel inspired, motivated, and purposeful. Together, we generate insights and map out a development plan to reach their goals based on strengths and development needs.
I’m particularly passionate about helping leaders accelerate their performance, and develop systems thinking, executive presence, resilience, and strategic communication skills. You can read more about what my past and current clients have to say about having me as a coach on my testimonials page.
Provided invaluable advice on managing a team
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Melissa really has a knack for helping me focus
Helped me step into a new higher profile role with confidence
Melissa helped me develop the courage to have the difficult conversations
|Find out common misnomers about executive coaching, and learn about Melissa’s approach to executive and leadership coaching in the frequently asked questions.|
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