Leaders cannot survive on a reputation of business acumen alone.

My approach is founded on the principle that leaders operate within a system they influence and that influences them. Exceptional leaders know they are severely limited in the short- and long-term results they can create if they have not captured the hearts, hands, and minds of people they lead.

In this approach, the nature of the coaching relationship is that of a “trusted advisor.” The relationship involves learning, sharing, challenging, teaching, empathy, appreciation, listening, believing, visioning, and stretching.

I help leaders to develop emotional competence and executive presence in order to build the trust and rapport necessary in the modern context of work.

While there are no two coaching relationships that are exactly the same, they are always very personal, extremely powerful, and the best way to get leaders to change old patterns and adopt more effective ones.

Cathy facilitated a CEO transition for Graham – Pelton. She helped me move seamlessly into the role of CEO and continues to be my executive coach and trusted advisor, key to helping me navigate my first year and beyond with fantastic results.
— Elizabeth Zeigler, President and CEO, Graham-Pelton Consulting