I help thoughtful leaders reduce stress, build confidence and get the best out of their people.

Thoughtful leadership is a great way to build fantastic teams and workplaces, but it is never easy.

Thoughtful leaders often struggle with managing the tricky balancing act of leadership. This might be the balance between work and the rest of your life, the balance between being firm with your team and being too nice, or the balance between staying silent and saying “no”.

Confidence suffers as you start to doubt yourself, asking “am I doing the right things?”

At the end of the day, you want to get the best out of your people and see them thrive, without doubting yourself or burning yourself out.

If this sounds a little like your situation, then I can help. I coach leaders like you to build confidence, reduce stress and get the best out of their people. I believe that you can be a thoughtful, people-focused leader and get great results at the same time.

To find out how you can work with me, simply click on the button below to apply for your Discovery Coaching Session. In this session, you can experience how I work, we can gain clarity about what is holding you back and develop practical steps to move you forward.

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Ben Brearley

Ben Brearley, Leadership Coach and founder of Thoughtful Leader

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Why You Should Work With Me.

I’ve worked for many years in leadership roles, and early in my career I experienced what it was like to be a thoughtful, people-focused leader who struggled to find that place of calm confidence.

When you work with me, you can expect the following benefits:

  • Improved confidence in your leadership ability and the choices you make
  • A sense of balance that suits you, your leadership and your life (there is no one-size fits all approach for everyone)
  • Clarity about what you need to bring your best leadership to the table
  • Improved motivation and accountability to take action when it’s needed; and
  • The opportunity to test your ideas with an experienced, independent coach.

You can find that place of balance and quiet confidence. You’ll feel more resilient and make a greater positive impact on your people and the organisation.

If this sounds like something you need, take a look at the available coaching packages below, and let’s start a conversation to see how I can help you.

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One of the best outcomes of coaching with Ben was the opportunity to stop and think, which led to new perspectives on the workplace. I learnt a lot about myself and this challenged me to think about my behaviour and ways I can improve.

I came away from coaching sessions feeling more positive and this also was reflected in my work and my engagement with colleagues.

When I started coaching I was feeling confused about the direction of my career, then I worked with Ben and now I feel a lot clearer about what I want to do in future and what goals to prioritise in order to get there.

AA, Pharmaceuticals Industry, UK

Before Ben’s coaching I was extremely uncomfortable, fearful about my abilities and held myself back with my self-limiting beliefs. In such subtle ways, I was self-sabotaging and now that I work with Ben my confidence has soared and belief in myself has exponentially increased.

Ben is so clear and concise in his coaching and will be the most valuable time you can invest for your personal growth and development.

Irene Clark, Business Owner, Perth, Australia

Available Coaching Packages

6 and 12 month coaching packages are available. You can see the details below.

Important note: Your situation is unique. These packages are not standard templates. They are a starting point to work from, and we will work together to craft the right mix of focus areas that will help you be the best leader you can be.

What Each Package Contains

All of the coaching packages follow a standard format, but what we will work on is different within each package.

Each coaching package includes:

  • A 90-minute coaching session every 2 weeks over Zoom, phone, or in-person (depending on location)
  • The PRINT® Motivational Assessment report to help us understand your core unconscious motivators (click here for more details)
  • Email support for the duration of the coaching package
  • Flexibility to add in some additional coaching sessions where you need additional support.

The specifics of each package are detailed further below.

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How to Get Started

All of my coaching work begins with a real coaching session. I invite you to apply for your complimentary 90-minute Discovery Coaching Session, where you can spend the time in two ways. We can either:

  • Work on a specific challenge you are having, to develop clear actionable steps which you can take to make progress; or
  • Create your leadership vision, where we map out a clear picture of your ideal leadership future and how to get there.

You will leave the Discovery Coaching Session with a sense of clarity and purpose and practical steps to move you forward.

STEP 1: Click the button below to access the coaching application form.

STEP 2: Fill in the application form to apply for your Discovery Coaching Session

STEP 3: If I believe I can help you and we will be a good fit to work together, I will contact you to schedule the Discovery Coaching Session. The first session is complimentary – I will cover the cost.

Note that there are limited coaching slots available, so I am unable to accept every application for coaching. I accept applications from leaders who are committed, thoughtful and who I believe I can assist.

If you find the Discovery Coaching Session valuable, we can also discuss the possibility of doing further work together – but there is no obligation to do so.

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Even though I have been in leadership for a number of years, I was able to take away new strategies not only for myself, but for the leadership around me.

I felt like I had constructive items to take away from each session. It was also beneficial to spend time on self-reflection, which is something that most people don’t regularly prioritize.

Alisha M., Director, Michigan USA

Before working with Ben I wasn’t clear on what was not working in my team and why. Ben helped me to structure my thoughts and highlight blindspots in the way I perceived the situation. The coaching gave me so much motivation as well as positive actions to improve the dynamics in my team.

If you are struggling with any leadership problem, get in touch with Ben and schedule a coaching session. It will not only help you to tackle your current situation, but also give you tools to deal with similar challenges in the future.

Karolina S., Senior Manager, Sydney, Australia

The PRINT® Motivational Assessment

Corporate PRINT Coach Certification LogoAs part of my coaching process, I use PRINT® to help me understand my clients, but also to help them improve self-awareness and gain valuable insights about how they lead their people and interact with others.

I am a licensed practitioner/coach in The Why of you Powered by PRINT®, a breakthrough model of human motivation and behaviour that was developed by The Paul Hertz Group.

The approach is used to enhance understanding of the way people react and how they relate by explaining the “why” behind their behaviour – why people act as they do, why they make certain choices, why they are attracted to certain things and why they function better in certain situations than others.

Everyone has core motivations that drive their actions and behaviours. PRINT® reveals what these motivators are and in doing so, clarifies what is needed to bring out people’s best. It helps unleash the potential that lies within all people. PRINT® is a valuable guide to create success and reveal what can be done to face and overcome one’s challenges. PRINT® builds insight into others, as well as one’s self.

There are 72 PRINTS®, each with their own core motivations and behaviours. No PRINT® is better than any other and each possesses its own natural gifts and contributions (Best Self) and its own potential barriers and obstacles (Shadow).

Every PRINT® exhibits Best Self and Shadow behaviour. The goal of the Why of you program is to teach people how to diminish the frequency of Shadow behaviour and increase the presence of Best Self. Shadow is people’s automatic response to the stressors in their lives. It may be more automatic for some people to be in Best Self or Shadow than others. A person’s professional and personal environment plays a role, as well as their level of self-awareness. Studies have shown there is a positive correlation between Best Self and performance.

I am certified to use and analyse the Paul Hertz Group’s PRINT® Survey, a 10-15 minute, statistically validated, highly accurate, and dynamic online instrument as part of my coaching process (dynamic meaning that different questions come up based on how previous ones were answered, so people take different surveys). The instrument helps me uncover an individual’s core motivators and the behaviours that reflect both their Best Self and their potential Shadow. This information helps me work in partnership with individuals to efficiently accomplish goals and generate strategies to yield desired results.

Knowing “why” accelerates successful growth and transformation. PRINT® provides this vital information.

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I would definitely recommend Ben’s coaching to new or experienced leaders and managers. In particular, Ben’s feedback and coaching session summaries are very useful and helped me immensely to stay on track to achieve my goals.

Bernard N., Operations Manager, Canada

Ben is an experienced and knowledgeable coach who is professional and highly skilled in leadership coaching. His coaching approach is practical, strategic and effective.

I strongly recommend Ben to anyone who wants to develop their career, to overcome challenges and to achieve results in leadership.

The coaching process brought out the best in me, raised my level of confidence, helped me set effective goals and create my career vision in both a strategic and practical way.

Karen L., Team Leader, Sydney, Australia

How My Leadership Coaching Works

We’ll Understand Your Situation

Before we start coaching for the longer-term, we’ll have a Discovery Coaching Session where I can better understand your situation, including your current goals and challenges.

This Discovery Coaching Session is important because it helps us to gain clarity on what is holding you back, and develop some practical steps to move forward. You will also gain an awareness of my coaching style and approach – which will help you decide whether you want me to help you further, potentially over a longer time period.

Coaching for Outcomes, Instead of Hours

Instead of coaching for a set number of sessions, I have found that clients get better results when undertaking coaching over a period of time, either 6 or 12 months. Because we are committing to a longer time period, this allows us to work together to achieve bigger goals, rather than being occupied by the “small stuff”.

This means we can be flexible with the schedule. If something comes up that needs attention, we can schedule some time to address situations as they arise.

I’m not interested in wasting your time or money. I’m interested in helping you improve and get real results.

We’ll Set Goals

It’s important to understand your goals for leadership coaching up front. What do you want to achieve? Without understanding your goals for coaching, it’s impossible to know whether we have succeeded!

Based on the goals you set, we can work together in partnership to structure the leadership coaching sessions to best achieve the outcomes you are striving for.

We’ll Connect Wherever You Are

I run most of my leadership coaching sessions using online video-conferencing, so that we can connect from wherever you are. I’m based in Australia, and I currently coach thoughtful leaders from the UK, USA, Canada and Australia – time differences have never been an issue.

This means you can get the support and guidance you need, no matter where your work or life schedule takes you. If we are located in the same place, of course we can work together in-person too!

One of my challenges was regarding time management, and I was very pleasantly surprised to find out that this was one of Ben’s strengths.

Everything was laid out at the end of each session with clear expectations and the accountability was also there during the following session.

Riley B., Manager, Michigan USA

After the coaching, I feel that I have found a confidant in Ben with whom I can share my thoughts and who is willing to listen and calmly provide the necessary guidance.

I have implemented the solutions we developed together and benefited from his coaching approach. I highly recommend his coaching to all who want to learn how to become better leaders and gain respect from your team.

JR, Senior Manager, Dallas USA

About Your Coach, Ben Brearley

Ben Brearley

I am the founder of Thoughtful Leader and have led people, teams and projects in many different organisations and industries.

I’m a leader, AIPC and PRINT® certified coach, MBA and former management consultant, and I love helping thoughtful leaders build confidence and find the balance they need in their leadership. Why? Because that’s how we create better workplaces!

I have led, mentored and coached leaders and staff at a wide variety of organisations in industries including Healthcare, Government, Utilities, Technology, Resources and Construction.

I’ve personally experienced the good, the bad and the ugly of leadership within a range of diverse teams, projects and organisations, and can help you too.

Click the button below to learn how to get started and apply for your Discovery Coaching Session.

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How to Get Started

All of my coaching work begins with a real coaching session. I invite you to apply for your complimentary 90-minute Discovery Coaching Session, where you can spend the time in two ways. We can either:

  • Work on a specific challenge you are having, to develop clear actionable steps which you can take to make progress; or
  • Create your leadership vision, where we map out a clear picture of your ideal leadership future and how to get there.

You will leave the Discovery Coaching Session with a sense of clarity and purpose and practical steps to move you forward.

STEP 1: Click the button below to access the coaching application form.

STEP 2: Fill in the application form to apply for your Discovery Coaching Session

STEP 3: If I believe I can help you and we will be a good fit to work together, I will contact you to schedule the Discovery Coaching Session. The first session is complimentary – I will cover the cost.

Note that there are limited coaching slots available, so I am unable to accept every application for coaching. I accept applications from leaders who are committed, thoughtful and who I believe I can assist.

If you find the Discovery Coaching Session valuable, we can also discuss the possibility of doing further work together – but there is no obligation to do so.

Apply for your Discovery Coaching Session