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Leadership is challenging.  There are many complex problems to work through, decisions to be made, and priorities to juggle.  And by the time you are in a leadership role, there seems to be an expectation that you should know what to do and how to do it! 

But it’s not that simple.  No one has told you how to do it and you can feel overwhelmed, confused and vulnerable.  Too often leaders are finding their way; discovering how they lead themselves to be of their best, and how they lead themselves to positively impact others.

You need to work it out.


Wouldn’t it be great to have a leadership coach!  Someone who can help and support you as you evolve as a leader. Someone who can help you become more self-aware of your behaviours, emotions and cognitions and the impact which they have on you and those you lead. Someone who can work with you, in the moment, through the many expected and unexpected challenges of leadership, and enable you to be your best-self so you can have the leadership impact which you hope for.

The great news is that you can! 

This book will introduce you to your leadership coach; someone who is well known to you and is there to support you day by day, step by step.  This coach knows you better than anyone and can work with you and as you need in the very moment.  This coach my friend, is YOU!

Now as your own coach you’ll be most equipped where you have access to your own self-coaching strategies


Together throughout this book, we will fill your virtual backpack with self-coaching strategies to support your leadership of you, and support you as you lead others.  In all cases, we will focus on helping you lead your way so that you can have your leadership impact – one which is positive, inspiring, motivating and long lasting and continues in your absence.

My hope is that each day as you leave to start your work, you’ll strap on your virtual backpack loaded with your self-coaching strategies as discovered through reading this book.  You’ll carry it around with you, comfortably fitting it on your back. You’ll leave the flap loosely tied so you can slip your hand in and draw out which ever strategy is appropriate as you face your leadership tasks.  In some cases, it will be to build your self-awareness, design your goals, and support your motivation.  In others it will be to manage how you use your time and energy, how you consciously communicate, build your listening skills, empower and delegate, and lead with kindness.

Through your use of these and other self-coaching strategies, and your completion of learning and reflection exercises found within this book, you’ll self-coach your way to recognise what is helping you and what is hindering you. 

You’ll be more attuned to your own effectiveness and be able to both support and rescue yourself to ensure your continued success.

The best bit about this is that as an experienced Professional Certified Executive Coach and a Senior Leader with 30+ years of professional services experience, I am here to build these strategies with you. 

By reference to evidenced-based positive psychology, lived-leadership experience and over 2000 hours of one-on-one coaching, I will help you fill your backpack so that you can advance your understanding of self-coaching. Throughout this book, we’ll do this together and set you up to face into your leadership journey with confidence, optimism and a strong sense of self.


"Instead of having a shelf full of leadership books, narrow it down to this one, because it’s logical, easy to read and implement, and makes a lot of sense."


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