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Become the most confident, discerning

and effective leader in your industry or profession.

My own leadership and mindset journey of now 12 years has led me to live, teach, mentor and coach in France, Morocco, Scotland, and London. I have met the most supportive leaders and friends along the way who have helped me shape a strong vision for my own life. Qualified as a teacher both in France and in the UK, I have taught in four different educational systems, supporting thousands of young people, university students and adults to reach their goals and be successful. I have also trained dozens of teachers to deliver the best quality teaching while building a solid leadership mindset essential to this challenging role.

I started investigating life and corporate coaching in 2017 and got ICF-certified as a Transformative coach in 2018. Since then, I have accumulated over 500 hours of 1:1 practice mainly in the corporate Leadership arena, where self-awareness, resilience, self-confidence, relationship building and agility are the keys to success in our rapidly changing economic context.

My unique 1:1 programs and group delivery are a blend of coaching, teaching and mentoring techniques drawing on best and up-to-date leadership practices, cognitive behaviour coaching and therapy, sports psychology, and well-being best practices. I will provide the most appropriate and efficient development solutions to fully unlock your potential. I will teach you to manage your feelings, thoughts, habits while building your confidence and resilience through audacious experimentation. The Leadership skills you learn and practice with me will be transferable to various contexts such as progressing to senior leadership roles in your organisation, growing a business and building a sense of ownership in your life that will translate into increased motivation and productivity as well as a healthier relationship with yourself and others.

The coaching philosophy behind the Self-Coaching Circle

Self-Leadership

Self-Leadership is the art of working autonomously on your own mindset whilst taking action and experimenting between coaching sessions or group calls. 90% of effective leadership relies on the mastery of self-leadership. Once you have learned a new concept, a new way to approach a situation or manage your mind, you will then spend time practising, testing and reviewing your thought patterns, your reactions and your behaviour on the ground, in your area of excellence. For example, after I have taught you the difference between your Human Worth and your Business Worth and how to utilise this to increase your Business Self-esteem, you will then keep this as a focus for a while and experiment with this tool as you approach networking or team meetings, client conversations and pitches for new projects. You will be able to review each process in the light of this new tool and see how it helps you to show up in a more powerful way, with higher business self-esteem as you start to master it. This is one example amongst many more – but the self-leadership principle is the same!

The Leader-Leader model

I believe that this fundamental leadership concept represents a huge shift in how we think about leadership, but it is also one of the keys to long-term business growth, social prosperity as well as employee satisfaction and engagement. This concept is the equivalent of saying, ok we have been doing things this way for hundreds of years, let’s now turn this around and do the opposite!

The Leader-Leader model is often used in opposition to the Leader-Follower model. I just mentioned “turning this around” and that might be an indication about one of my main sources of inspiration – a book by Captain David Marquet entitled “Turn the Ship Around! A true story of turning followers into leaders”. He transcended the limitations of the Leader-Follower model to give his team unlimited decision-making power and fully engage their intellect, their energy, and their passion.

The four components of the Leader-Leader model are the 4Cs. David Marquet outlines 3 of them in his book and there is a fourth one which completes the pattern: control, competence, clarity and finally courage. I talk about these components in details in my podcast episode here.

The Leader-Leader model encourages leaders to not only consider their colleagues as equal with similar amounts of potential, but to insist on giving them a degree of control and creativity which will allow them to become leaders themselves and grow both as specialists in their fields and as individuals. It means giving them the training they need but also the freedom to experiment, calculate risks and make decisions which will bring the organisation forward.

This model also encourages the “followers” to take ownership of and responsibility for their potential. In the Leader-Leader space, being a leader is non-negotiable! You have to evolve, learn, experiment, take risks, fail sometimes. You have to step up and get out of your comfort zone. It doesn’t mean that you are doing so without training or support and get burned out, it simply means that your mindset is one of a leader seeing possibilities in yourself and in others, and ready to replicate the success you see around you, as a source of inspiration rather than a source of frustration.

Commitment

Unsurprisingly, the best results I have seen from people taking part in the Leadership for Business programs I coach on or run came from individuals who invested the most effort, time and resources into their development and success. The central piece of this puzzle is accepting to be vulnerable, to be afraid, to be courageous and to be disciplined. This is especially important for leadership work because, although major improvements will be felt in the longer-term, this work is mainly process-based, with small incremental improvements to be felt and noticed along the way.

For example, I have worked with leaders finding decision-making very challenging go through a complete identity shift over a period of 8 months to become assertive and capable of rapidly and thoroughly weighing options to get the best results from their team and for their organisation. What made the difference for them is an extremely high level of commitment to the process, even when challenges, failures and seriously difficult conversations presented themselves.

The level of commitment required from entrepreneurs is even higher, as their role is more autonomous in nature and they often don’t benefit from the same support systems in place in organizations. Again, the best results come from clients who are doing the work of experimentation and practice in their own time, by perhaps leading their prospect conversations in a different way using the leadership tools and conversation structures learned with me. Small shifts can happen quickly with high levels of commitment and this will ultimately bring much bigger gains in the long run in terms of client creation and revenue generation.

The  power of mindset

The power of Mindset is infinite and under-estimated because it is not taught or part of any educational system in our modern world. Our brain is the most powerful tool we have at your disposal. We also have a lot more leverage than we think around how we can direct and master it. Like everything else, it is about learning the techniques and practicing them, just like one might learn and practice playing the piano (or not).

Mindset matters because it has an impact on our health and well-being too, as proven by an abundance of research in the past ten years. It impacts our emotional, mental but also our physical health.

The challenges that entrepreneurs and leaders face in their businesses or organizations are nine times out of ten related to the Mindset they hold about their capabilities, the capabilities of others, or about the particular situations they encounter on a daily basis. A shift in Mindset and in the way we intentionally think and feel about things will always open the door to new, tangible, creative and enjoyable solutions or processes generating business growth.

Mindset is often defined as a set of attitudes than someone holds. The distinction between a Fixed Mindset and a Growth Mindset brought to us by Carol Dweck is an excellent place to start. A lot of people have already benefited from this concept across the world and have started to see their intelligence and capabilities as something that could evolve and be developed over time.

The work I propose goes one step further. The level of intervention in the power of mindset is at the Thinking stage, which takes place before we take action, adopt a particular attitude, or develop particular behaviours over time. The power of mindset is about framing our experience in a different way, by CHOOSING to think about it in a different way. This is where leadership comes in. We always have a choice to lead our experience in whichever way we want: we can’t change the world around us but we can change how we see the world. The power of mindset teaches us to influence and lead our thinking process in a way which serves us, serves our team and serves our clients. This includes managing our emotions, processing them as well as reframing our perceptions and interpretation of what is happening to us or the situations we find ourselves in. This reframing is independent of the circumstances, which are always neutral.

Often, leaders have to process their emotions first as they are blocking them from moving forward. Emotions are dictated by the primitive part of our brain and have a use: they arise when the brain detects a danger or a need to move into another direction. The root of the word emotion is motere, the Latin verb “to move”, plus the prefix “e” to connote “move away” (Goleman, 1995). However, when emotions are high, our intelligence is low, meaning that we are unable to access the more evolved part of our brain, the pre-frontal cortex, which allows us to think rationally, plan and strategize. Therefore, processing strong emotions is always a priority before moving on to adopt a more helpful mindset focusing on thoughts.

Your thoughts create your results. Always.

My unique approach

I have realized over the years that what people need is a mix of coaching, teaching, mentoring and self-coaching. This is what has worked best for my clients and also for myself. Why? Because first of all, people are limited with time and want a tangible return on their investment (not two years later, thank you!). I am not saying that the transformation will happen overnight.

 

However, people want tools and examples to get started. They want to leave the session feeling that they at least have made a step in the right direction. I know from experience that clients want and need advice, inspiration and guidance, models and exercises to go through, reading recommendations and, last but not least, tangible support. They want to be encouraged, all the way to the end goal. They want and need to hear: “You are awesome”.

 

My coaching and the concepts I teach help people get involved, stay motivated, work hard and progressively take the lead. My clients are flying high by the time I am done with them.

The most important belief I have as a coach is that everybody has the same amount of potential. I am always confident that my clients will succeed if they put in the work. In fact, I can’t imagine even for a second that they won’t succeed. I am the voice that keeps saying: “You are a high-calibre person” and helps you reach the kind of success you have not yet imagined.

Your coaching results

 

I am truly excited and passionate about evolving into the next best version of myself and this is where my motivation comes from as a coach: I am convinced that ownership of our life, piloting it, as opposed to simply being a passenger on the ride is the best way to go through this short journey we have on the earth. This is what leadership is all about. My motivation resides in teaching, communicating, and passing on this beautiful gift of seeing our options, making deliberate choices, and living the inspirational and purposeful life we truly want for ourselves.

The leadership skills and expertise we will develop together can be used to leverage careers, organisational growth, and entrepreneurial success.

If you are interested in organisational leadership and want to know more about the results we can create together, please follow the link to the appropriate program here.

If you are interested in entrepreneurial leadership and want to know more about the results we can create together, please follow the link to the appropriate program here.

If you would like to have a conversation with me about your bespoke program, please book your free 60-minute call here.

I look forward to meeting you!

My clients

 

As you will see from the testimonials, I work with a wide range of executives working in various functions and at different levels of leadership in their organisation or business. I have coached and trained over 550 hours across a wide range of educational, governmental, and commercial sectors, from FTSE 250 organisations to key governmental organisations in London.

I also deliver global leadership coaching on prestigious internationally-acclaimed programs run by INSEAD and have previously delivered people leadership programs run by the Chartered Management Institute in London and further afield.

If you’d like to read and hear my clients’ testimonials, please visit the page here.

I look forward to discussing your next steps on the leadership path to success!

Certifications

  • ICF-certified Transformative Coach - Animas Centre for coaching

  • MindGym accredited Coach - EI Mindset trained

  • Qualified Teacher and Teacher Trainer, Department for Education

Experience

  • 550 hours of 1:1 leadership and business coaching

  • 50+ hours of leadership group coaching

  • 10,000+ hours of corporate training and group teaching