Leadership coaching

Leadership coaching unlocks your potential, and the potential of everyone around you

Be an authentic leader

Know yourself – and then you’ll have the confidence to empower those around you

Great leaders are authentic and inspirational. Although they need numerous practical skills, the characteristic that defines them is the natural confidence that comes from understanding themselves and those around them. Confidence makes them genuinely influential, charismatic and empowering. They become better leaders because they recognise the leadership that’s innate in their team, and they have the confidence to bring it out.

For many leaders, the transformative moment comes when they realise how the mind works. That’s when leaders discover their untapped potential for fresh thinking, problem solving and innovation. The deeper their understanding of the human mind, the more secure they become about their own capabilities, and the more potential they see in others. In simple language, they become wiser.


Maintaining charisma over the long term demands something that can’t be faked – authenticity.

People have to know that you’re speaking with experience and from the heart. We’ll work to let your authenticity shine through.


The most influential people have integrity. Their team knows that they are honest and have the team’s best interests at heart.

As we work together and you become more secure about your own capabilities, you’ll see how your integrity naturally comes to the fore.


Leaders always seem larger than life. They have a presence – something that makes them stand out from the crowd and command attention.

Working together will unearth your inner confidence and presence, and the charisma that inevitably comes with it.

Getting started

Our first step is to identify your ‘critical move’. That’s the one key change that has a domino effect on other aspects of your career and leadership potential. It’s the change that has the biggest effect for the least effort.

Typical leadership coaching outcomes

I work with leaders and executives of all abilities up to C-level. They come to me expecting to learn more about what makes great  leaders:

Clarity of thought: understanding how the mind works brings clarity, perspective and insight, and eliminates time-wasting thoughts

Executive presence: discovering the gravitas and presence that come from your natural confidence

Communicating with impact: delivering a message that’s clear, engaging, and persuasive – for meetings, presentations, and speeches

Inspiring leadership: engaging your team with integrity and authenticity because you understand where inspiration comes from

Enabling collaboration: sparking the intelligence within your team and igniting your collective thinking power and wisdom

Sustained high performance: maintaining resilience no matter how high the pressure or how fast the rate of change

“Marien’s approach has been nuanced and subtle, gently opening up new ways of seeing and thinking, and therefore, new opportunities and choices. It has been invaluable to me because it has been very practical.

“I have particularly benefited from understanding better how to nurture my innate resilience and capacity for change; and how to better manage the many maelstroms of senior leadership. This is as powerful as it is liberating.

“I recommend you to work with Marien without hesitation. I like to study the art of leadership and management. But this coaching has been uniquely insightful in how to practice it.”

Leigh Daynes – Executive Director, Doctors of the World UK

Leadership coaching in London, Oxford, and elsewhere

You can join leadership coaching sessions in London, or in Oxford. Alternatively, I can travel to a location of your choice. You also get to choose the approach – virtual or face-to-face – that works best for you. Video-conferencing facilities and telephone coaching allow me to reach clients anywhere in the world.

The first stage of discovery is free. Just get in touch to arrange a 15 min exploratory call.

Leadership coaching examples

This leadership coaching assignment was with a client who found the move from senior management to leadership very challenging. We worked on his leadership style, presence, and charisma. In feedback, a colleague said, “I never saw him this way, but Andy is a natural leader.”

Corporate Finance Director for a global consultancy

I helped my client develop his own authentic leadership style and overcome his fear of public speaking and presenting to the board. After just two months he gave a speech to 500 people that received a standing ovation. Chief Finance Officer for an engineering company

Joe’s boss wanted Joe to succeed him and lead the team when he retired. But Joe’s communication and leadership skills were not up to the task, so his boss asked me to help. After working with Joe for three months, his boss said: “I don’t know what you’ve done with Joe, but it has worked. He is now clear and less detailed, but more importantly he has the confidence and the attitude of a leader.”

Head of HR for a global pharmaceutical company

The university’s HR department called me to help coach Carlos, an executive who was so results-oriented that he was alienating his team. Carlos and I drew up a plan based on a 360 feedback exercise and personality profiling. When he realised what he was doing that alienated his colleagues, he learnt to adapt his style and was able to relate to his team – which in turn led to better results.

Director of a top UK University

Not sure if leadership coaching is right for you?

Just get in touch to have an informal chat about your needs.
You can use the contact link below, or call me direct on 01865 751 432 (Oxford).