Women’s leadership coaching

We work with women leaders who are the future CEO’s and executives of inclusive and gender balanced organisation.  We recognise that they have different and valuable perspectives to bring into organisations.  Our personalised coaching programmes integrate our expertise in performance coaching with a specialised approach to leadership transformation for women.

Our approach

Why this work matters to WDI

Our personal experiences of being women in the corporate world (as well as being trusted coaches for women for the last 10 years) has shown us that a different approach to women’s leadership is needed at this time – one that recognises and values women’s difference.  Our ambition is to bring new thought-provoking perspectives to support women leaders to authentically and effectively lead ‘their way’.

What we believe

There is no ‘one way’ to lead as a woman.  We know there are common themes for female leaders and yet their authentic leadership style needs to be as individual as they are.

Research and data shows indisputably that, with more women at the top, businesses are more profitable.  Yet what’s not recognised is that it’s how women are leading that is creating the value, rather than better business results being attributable to an increase in the % diversity score.

At WDI we believe that these talented women are creating value because they are leading differently.  In fact, it is women who are successfully and authentically leading at the top who are shaping new leadership paradigms.  They are at the forefront of creating sustainable, profitable organisations where all stakeholders thrive.

What does that mean for coaching women leaders?

To effectively coach women who are at, or approaching, this leading edge means matching them with a coach whose credentials also enable them to be a valuable thought-partner.  Our coaches come from diverse backgrounds with expertise in a range of specialisms.  They bring an in depth understanding of the value and difference women bring to the workplace that enables them to powerfully support women leaders.  We take great care to match women leaders to their coach, including chemistry calls with 2-3 recommended coaches so that the women leaders can select their perfect thinking partner.

We’re immensely proud to be coaching incredible talented and deeply inspiring women leaders from across a broad spectrum of industries including Technology, Legal, Financial Services, Manufacturing and Public Sector.

Our clients ask us to get involved when they are:

  • Preparing to step into more senior positions and develop a holistic, balanced and creative leadership approach in new environments, e.g. global positions

  • Managing change initiatives and leading through potential conflict or uncertainty while remaining authentic and resilient

  • Returning to work (for example, post maternity leave) when they wish to align a new sense of purpose and identity within their roles and retain work/ life balance

  • Navigating gender awareness in their workplace including exploring their own leadership style and the barriers and enablers of inclusive cultures

  • Finding their authentic leadership style and seeking new and different strategies to lead within often more masculine or male dominated senior leadership teams.

I was a cynic regarding the benefits of coaching. I was wrong. I have come out of this experience a calmer, more relaxed, less fiery leader. I’d recommend Lynn and her team to anyone needing wisdom, insight and the personal tools to do a brilliant job.

Patricia Blatherwick, Director of Strategy and Business Development, MAXIMUS UK

Lynn has been my coach for 18 months and the value she has added to me professionally and personally is vast.  Her ability to truly understand me has contributed greatly to the success in her being my coach.  Lynn questions and challenges me in ways that I truly value and she isn’t afraid to take me out of my comfort zone. Our work together has greatly improved my ability as a senior HR leader and head of a function and her wide experience has helped me enormously with managing stakeholder relationships. I cannot recommend Lynn highly enough.

Natasha Elvin, Global Head of HR, Mind Gym