Leadership Coaching2021-04-16T08:19:10+08:00

I work with thoughtful leaders to help them build confidence and find the right balance in their leadership.

Being a thoughtful leader is great for your team and workplace, 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 manage the tricky balancing act of leadership and lead with confidence. 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, simply click the button below, and let’s start a conversation to see how I can help you.

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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

Coaching Package Details

Each coaching package is either 3, 6 or 12 months in duration and includes:

  • A 60 – 90 minute coaching session every 2 weeks, with defined practical actions for you to make progress
  • The PRINT® Motivational Assessment and Report (click here for more information)
  • Ongoing email support for the duration of the coaching
  • Flexibility to add some additional calls or sessions as required.

How to Get Started

I invite you to apply for your 90-minute Discovery Coaching Session, where we will:

  • Get clear on your most important goals and what is most important to you
  • Identify blockers and limiting beliefs that are holding you back; and
  • Develop key actions you can take to move forward and make progress.

You will leave the Discovery Coaching Session with a sense of clarity, 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 help.

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

The MORE Leadership Model

I designed the MORE leadership model to help to frame my leadership coaching conversations. At a high level, the MORE model covers all the main aspects of what it takes to lead successfully.

Depending on the situation, I sometimes use the model during coaching to target areas for improvement or gaps that are causing problems for clients. During coaching, we can use the model where appropriate to look for areas to improve the way you lead and achieve your leadership goals.

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The MORE model can be summarised as follows:

  • The Myself part of the model deals with the foundation of leadership, which is understanding who you are as a leader. Without self-understanding, leaders are likely to stumble into situations unprepared and may not gather the right team around them.

Leaders who are self-aware, understand what motivates them as well as their strengths and weaknesses are better prepared to tackle their leadership challenges.

  • Others is about successfully understanding and managing your stakeholders. This includes your own manager, your team members and other important people in your workplace. Understanding the needs, drives and motivations of others will help you to navigate tricky leadership situations and get the best out of the people around you.

Leaders who ignore this aspect are likely to run into roadblocks, upset their stakeholders and experience poor results from their people.

  • An important part of the MORE model is the Results-Focus. While it is important to be attentive to the people-aspects of leadership, this is not enough by itself. You also need to understand the outcomes you need to achieve, as well as have a vision of your ideal future and a set of steps to get there.

Without a focus on results, leaders will work hard to engage and please their stakeholders and teams, without really achieving the outcomes that are expected of them in their leadership role.

  • Last, but certainly not least is the Effectiveness part of the model. Effectiveness is about being present and engaged, efficient and understanding your priorities. Effective leaders know what to focus on, and don’t waste time or procrastinate.

Leaders who are ineffective are at the highest risk of burnout because they will spend too long engaged in trivial tasks, or lack focus, trying to tackle too many activities at once.

All of the parts of the model work together to create a balanced representation of great leadership. So if you want MORE from your leadership, we can use this model during coaching to help you achieve great results.

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

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 3, 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!

About 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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Coaching Package Details

Each coaching package is either 3, 6 or 12 months in duration and includes:

  • A 60 – 90 minute coaching session every 2 weeks, with defined practical actions for you to make progress
  • The PRINT® Motivational Assessment and Report (click here for more information)
  • Ongoing email support for the duration of the coaching
  • Flexibility to add some additional calls or sessions as required.

How to Get Started

I invite you to apply for your 90-minute Discovery Coaching Session, where we will:

  • Get clear on your most important goals and what is most important to you
  • Identify blockers and limiting beliefs that are holding you back; and
  • Develop key actions you can take to move forward and make progress.

You will leave the Discovery Coaching Session with a sense of clarity, 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 Discovery Coaching 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 help.

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

How a Typical Leadership Coaching Session Works

Each leadership coaching session runs for 60 to 90 minutes and is generally structured in the following way. However, not all sessions follow this structure … sometimes it works best to change the approach, depending on the situation!

  • Last Session Review – if this isn’t your first session, we briefly discuss what has happened since we last met. Did you execute the actions we spoke about? What challenges did you face? Did anything significant change in your situation that we need to address?
  • Outcome for the session – we determine the outcome that you would like to achieve from this session. I work with you to set this outcome, but the goal ultimately is decided by you. Note that sometimes during coaching, this may change as our conversation develops.
  • Explore options and barriers – based on the outcome for the session, we discuss options to move you forward and the difficulties you may encounter.
  • Identify something you’ll do differently – if everything was working, you wouldn’t need coaching. So we usually identify at least 1 specific thing you will do differently to improve the situation, before our next session.
  • Check outcomes – you review your key goal from the session and the key actions you are going to take before the next one. We discuss how you feel and what new insights you had as part of the session.
  • Close out and accountability – how are you going to make sure you complete your actions? We discuss the best ways to make sure you carry out any next steps.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Do You Coach For a Set Number of Sessions?2021-04-05T12:48:26+08:00

It really depends on your requirements and preferences. In general, I find that coaching for 3, 6 or 12 months at a time is the most effective. Over a time period like this, we can focus on your significant goals and challenges and you can achieve more powerful results.

Some clients also prefer coaching just for a few sessions at a time. This is fine too, but sometimes because of the short-term nature of the coaching arrangement, we tend to focus on smaller goals and challenges. Of course, you can also get great results this way, but it’s likely that for you to make lasting change, more consistent coaching can be beneficial.

So, I have packages that focus on coaching for either 3, 6 or 12 months in duration, with a coaching session every 2 weeks. In this arrangement, we can be flexible with the session schedule, and if situations arise that require more attention, we can slot in extra sessions without worrying about any additional cost.

During this time period I will also provide email support when needed, and the ability to jump on shorter calls (at a time agreeable to both of us) if you have something important you need to work on.

I find that it’s generally not a good idea to have coaching sessions too frequently, because what happens in between the sessions is extremely important! You need the time to think about what we have discussed and to take action to achieve your goals.

What Happens In the Discovery Coaching Session?2021-04-10T09:33:26+08:00

In our 90 minute Discovery Coaching Session, I’ll ask you a lot of questions about your current situation and we’ll discover what is really important for you. This includes the current challenges you would like to overcome or the goals you would like to achieve. We’ll take a look at your ideal future and start plotting a path for you to get there.

I will also discuss with you my initial observations and point out the areas where I think we need to focus our effort so you can get the best results.

I only take on clients who are committed to making positive change, like to communicate openly and honestly, and are willing to invest in their own development, which is why I need potential clients to fill out the Coaching Application Form by clicking the button below.

If you find the Discovery Coaching Session valuable, we can also discuss future coaching and what that might look like. Many of my clients go on to get great results after the initial session because they can feel the benefits.

Does Coaching Really Work?2021-04-10T09:34:44+08:00

Coaching is a powerful investment that really works. However, the benefits people achieve may be different from person to person.

Some of the benefits are explained here by the Institute of Coaching.

Coaching is an investment in yourself and your leadership. So you can expect to see the following benefits:

  • Greater self-awareness: You gain a greater understanding of how you think and operate. This helps you navigate complex leadership situations.
  • Greater self-confidence: You’ll gain self-confidence with someone like me on your side helping you. You’ll reduce your limiting beliefs that are holding you back and see greater possibilities.
  • Improved relationships: You’ll examine the various relationships you have in your work and life, such as your boss, your team and colleagues. You may also examine your your leadership role and how it interacts with your personal and family life.

Simply click one the button below to apply for your powerful Discovery Coaching Session.

Will Coaching Give Me the Answers to My Leadership Challenges?2021-04-05T12:51:09+08:00

Yes and no.

Coaching is not about me telling you what to do – it’s about having conversations to help you work through your challenges, understand the best way to achieve your goals, or to test your ideas. Coaching is also about mindset shifts and challenging your limiting beliefs.

So no, I won’t give you the answers. But I will facilitate a conversation where you will come to understand what the answers are!

If I just tell you what to do, there is no buy-in from you. You need to be involved in generating the solutions, so you are more invested in executing them and following through. I’ll help you get unstuck, so you can make progress.

During the sessions, I can provide advice based on my experience. But I won’t do this straight away, because this is just another form of giving you the answers.

How Much Time Will I Need to Spend?2021-04-10T09:36:09+08:00

It all depends. The coaching sessions themselves are around 90 minutes in length, so that doesn’t take too long.

But it’s what you do in between the sessions that matters. In each session, we usually work to develop practical steps for you to take after the session. This might involve trying out things at work or at home – and this may take more effort.

The only way you will get results is to put in the work outside of the coaching sessions. What this looks like exactly will depend on the topics that we discuss.

Is Coaching Just Like a Conversation?2020-11-23T06:12:19+08:00

Not really. Sure, we do talk during the session.

However, coaching is about outcomes – and to get outcomes, we need to focus. We need to work to identify the real issue that you’re having and what is holding you back.

If you come to the session with a list of problems a mile long, then we will never get anywhere. So I will help you narrow your focus so we can tackle specific topics to help you move forward.

A coaching conversation helps you to see your situation differently, so that you can take action and do something different. After all, what you’re doing now isn’t quite working, so we need to work together to make a change.

What Do I Need to Do to Prepare for Coaching?2021-04-05T12:49:18+08:00

To prepare for coaching, you need to be committed to put in the work, and to be open and honest about your situation.

If you want someone to give you the answers, my coaching services are not for you.

However, if you’re willing to put in the effort and have challenging conversations about your leadership, then coaching will be able to help you.

Coaching conversations can be uncomfortable sometimes, because we are discussing problems that are holding you back. Sometimes you might be unaware of the real problem, and our conversations will uncover them. This can be uncomfortable, because you’re learning some truths about yourself.

However, having these conversations is exactly what will help you to move forward and let go of what is holding you back.

Coaching Package Details

Each coaching package is either 3, 6 or 12 months in duration and includes:

  • A 60 – 90 minute coaching session every 2 weeks, with defined practical actions for you to make progress
  • The PRINT® Motivational Assessment and Report (click here for more information)
  • Ongoing email support for the duration of the coaching
  • Flexibility to add some additional calls or sessions as required.

How to Get Started

I invite you to apply for your 90-minute Discovery Coaching Session, where we will:

  • Get clear on your most important goals and what is most important to you
  • Identify blockers and limiting beliefs that are holding you back; and
  • Develop key actions you can take to move forward and make progress.

You will leave the Discovery Coaching Session with a sense of clarity, 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 Discovery Coaching 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 help.

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