Leadership Coaching 

"Whether you are the president of a company or the janitor, the moment you step from independence into interdependence in any capacity, you step into a leadership role."

John Whitmore - 'Coaching for Performance'


Coaching is recognised as one of the most important and essential leadership skills within education.*

Many leaders experience loneliness and a high sense of vulnerability.

At times they are in conflict with 'those above' and unable to lead with their heart as well as their head.

Sometimes this misalignment in values or beliefs is a threat to their future!

Leaders need someone neutral to support and challenge them, so that they can be creative and insightful in their positions of responsibility. 

Coaching can have a highly positive impact on the self-belief and confidence of those in positions of leadership, which in turn impacts on the support and development they give others in the organisation. 

*Sustaining a Vital Profession' report by CollectiveEd 2020

What strengths do you notice about yourself as a leader? How do you sustain these?

How do you manage your inner critic or the 'imposter' within you?

How much are you able to lead from the heart and live your values and beliefs

How clear are you about your purpose and goals as a leader?

What strategies do you have for managing difficult conversations and feedback? 

When was the last time someone  listened to you without judgement?


Leadership coaching has made a huge difference to me in my role.

In fact, it is one of the main reasons I am still here!

I have learned to much about myself as a leader - recognising my strengths and also being able to identify my weaknesses with someone who sits by my side without any judgement at all.

With Sue, I know the space is confidential and supportive. 

I also know that I am going to be challenged in a positive way;

Sue is highly perceptive and is able to reflect back not only what I say, but my feelings underneath my words.

Many a time, we have explored my beliefs at a much deeper level than I could do my myself

and discovered blindspots - and also strengths I didn't know I had! 

I would highly recommend that all leaders work with a really good coach -

and in my opinion, Sue is definitely one of the best!

Simon White - Headteacher, Kent

Common themes that school leaders

bring to coaching... 

Strategic thinking  

Systemic challenges

Vision and values

Personal and organisational goals

Dealing with stakeholders

Leading with authenticity

Having 'difficult' conversations

Building relationships 

Health/wellbeing for self and others 

Lack of confidence/Imposter Syndrome

Speaking in public

Interdependence and delegation 

Balancing work and out-of-work life

Managing feedback and criticism

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Coaching conversations

can be face-to-face,


or a blended approach. 

Coaching packages provide ongoing support and clear connections between sessions. 

  Suggested Packages: 

  • 6 (half-termly) sessions with pre-coaching set-up, mid-point review and end-point review

  • 3 (termly) sessions with pre-coaching set-up  and end-point review

Coaching session duration:

60-90 minutes

Mid/end-point review: 30 minutes 

Pre-coaching set-up includes questionnaire

and 1 hour coaching plan session 


'First 100 Days of Leadership' Coaching Package

- Finding/settling into your 'leader' identity

- Goal setting/achievements in the first 100 days

- Strategising for the present and future

4 hourly sessions plus email support