Executive and Leadership Coaching
Be a better leader.
Leadership coaching is primarily about being the best leader you can be. Your coaching program will be designed to meet your individual needs. We will focus on your strengths and explore any shifts you might need to make to enhance your performance or improve your wellbeing (because wellbeing is a prerequisite for performance) and explore positive strategies for managing the challenges you face at work.
Leadership coaching is bespoke and focused on your individual needs: my role as coach is to help you work toward whatever it is you want to focus on in coaching.
Through a process of inviting introspection and self-reflection, I will help you navigate a way through what’s in the way of you achieving what you want and being the best version of yourself.
Every coaching session is unique and I will provide relevant resources to assist you with your specific coaching objective.
I do not recommend a generic assessment tool for every client – if there is value in completing a diagnostic report, we will talk about the best way to collect information that will be useful to you in achieving your objective.
Coaching sessions are normally scheduled every 3-4 weeks, so a 6-session coaching program (based on 60-minute session length) would run over a 6 month period – but there is no specified time period and the coaching relationship can sometimes extend well beyond a year.
A great coach will provide you with support (it should feel like your coach is truly in “your corner”), listen deeply and ask questions. Questions are the coach’s most valuable tool and asking the right questions is ultimately what creates awareness and leads to real change.
Thank you so much for helping me ask the tough questions.
Julie asked the ‘right questions’ that made me go into previous issues or concerns and work through these to become stronger, more confident in myself and my own abilities.
Examples of Previous Coaching Engagements
- Executive Director, Higher Education – Team Coaching with a group of senior professional staff. This resulted in increased trust within the team and improved communication.
- Associate Director, Global Bank – Skills Coaching to build leadership capability in delivering effective feedback and conducting performance conversations. The client began to work on developing a feedback culture, enabling the growth of individuals and lifting team performance.
- Deputy Principal, Education – Developmental Coaching to shift mindset and behaviour, as part of preparing for a role at the next level. Confidence increased and client successfully secured a Principal role.
- Senior Defence Scientist, Australian Defence Organisation – Skills Coaching around difficult conversations, managing behavioural issues and poor performance within the team. The client was more impactful in their new role, which involved leading significant change.
- General Manager, Global Media Company – Executive Coaching to regain focus and reignite passion for leadership. The client developed renewed confidence in their ability to manage an inter-generational team, which reduced anxiety levels and increased cohesiveness within the team.
- Program Manager, Health Not-for-Profit – Developmental Coaching to grow emotional intelligence and acquire new skills in emotional agility, following a difficult workplace incident. The client returned to a challenging role with improved interpersonal skills and greater wellbeing.
- Senior Manager, Digital Marketing – Developmental Coaching, with a focus on personal brand. Client began to flex their leadership style, which led to increased authenticity and greater impact.
- Senior Project Manager, Multinational Engineering Firm – Career Coaching to uncover long-term career aspirations. The result was increased clarity and focus, combined with the motivation and confidence to pursue the identified goal. The client successfully achieved a promotion to Lead Planner.
- Professor and Centre Director, Higher Education – Developmental Coaching to manage workload and mitigate burnout. The client made significant changes and improved their work-life integration.
“I very much looked forward to meeting with Julie and spending the time with her. I very much valued her style in working with me, listening, reflecting and guiding me to the places. She has provided me with enhanced thinking and behaviours to enhance my capability. I will miss not having any more sessions with Julie – I found each and every session extremely valuable.
I highly recommend Julie as a Coach.”
Asset Manager, Multinational Corporation (2021)
“Julie is highly perceptive and deeply insightful. She helped me identify critical issues that I needed to address personally, as well as the issues that were affecting my working relationship with my teams and issues within and between my teams. She suggested practical approaches and actions that I could take – which I did – that led to fruitful and helpful conversations and interactions in the organisation, which in turn led to positive results in staff morale, behaviour, and performance.”
Australian Head, International University (2020)
Want to understand more about Executive and Leadership Coaching?
The origins of coaching date back a very long way, but its roots appear to be in sports coaching. In the 1970s and 1980s other types of coaching developed and by the end of the 20th century coaching was being widely used. There are now many different types of coaching: life coaching, business coaching, career coaching, executive coaching, leadership coaching.
Coaching differs from other development interventions (such as counselling, mentoring, therapy etc) in that a coach does not advise or train. A coach will never say “you should…” or “this is how you should do it…”. In a coaching relationship the client decides what needs to be changed and why the change is needed.
Coaching will only be successful when both parties are committed to the process. As the coaching client, you must be prepared to strive for change and your coach must be able to provide the support that’s right for you.
This might find this blog post useful when you are trying to choose the right a coach.
“The opponent within one’s own head is more formidable
than the one the other side of the net.”
Quote by Timothy Gallwey, ‘The Inner Game of Tennis’
If you’re still struggling to get your head around what Executive Coaching is, I highly recommend listening to this podcast called The Coach in Your Head (Against the Rules with Michael Lewis). Even if you only listen to the first 12 minutes, you’ll learn something valuable.
Just about anyone today can call themselves a coach. Michael traces this trend back to its source and finds out that the secret to effective coaching lies not in retraining the body, but the mind. We meet the original guru of “the inner game”: Timothy Gallwey, author of the 1974 classic, “The Inner Game of Tennis.” We find out how mental skills coaches only need one coaching toolkit to work with everyone from New York City firefighters, youth softball players, professional musicians, and even writers with a podcast.