Coaching means different things to different people and, quite honestly, when it comes to shopping for a coach, we know you have a lot of choices.

For one thing, because the field of coaching is not yet regulated, anyone can call himself a coach. Authentic Leadership International adheres to International Coach Federation standards, which means:  we are highly trained and make a commitment to abide by certain ethics, and to continuously improve our skills and our ability to serve our clients.

Some business coaches specialize in helping their clients with tactical and transactional activities. ALI specializes in transformation at a deeper level: helping individuals and organizations understand and achieve their goals, align actions and behaviors with their core values, and guide them to real change.


Virtual Coaching

Want to work with us but not in the Raleigh area? Not to worry! Our coaching services can easily be done over the telephone or Internet. Virtual Coaching = less stress for you. No more squeezing through traffic, no more dashing out of the office for yet another appointment. Just you. At your least hassled self. Moreover, our international background and flexible working hours are the perfect fit with clients all over the globe: from Raleigh to Vancouver to Sidney to Paris. Best of all, because we employ exactly the same process as in face-to-face meetings, the quality of our services remains as high as ever.

Virtual Coaching = less stress + more location options = optimal results

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What is Coaching?

Coaching is a collaborative solution-focused, results-orientated and systematic process in which the coach facilitates the enhancement of work performance, life experience, self-directed learning and personal growth of the client.

Professional coaching is a partnership between a coach and an individual that supports the achievement of results, based on goals set by the individual. Through the process of coaching, individuals focus on the skills and actions needed to successfully produce their personally relevant results.

In essence, coaching has many facets. First, it is about helping people to recognize the way they are looking at things and to discover other ways to look at things that are potentially more powerful or actionable. Coaching creates a safe environment for individuals to see their own blind spots and, from this, to take actions more in alignment with their whole selves. Actions taken by a whole person are more effective than those taken by someone not in alignment with herself. Thus, coaching is behavioral and performance focused, which means it helps individuals perform tasks better than they did before.

Coaching is person-centered, which means that the individuals being coached are seen to have the “right” insights to answer their own questions. The coach does not come into the conversation as the expert in the client’s life; rather, the coach holds the client as resourceful, creative and whole – very capable of finding her own solutions. The value of the coach here is in helping the individual to see in a new way, so that the answers which were transparent to the client before become more visible and therefore attainable.

  • "Colleen has been a wonderful coach. As an executive coach myself it has been really good to share about my private and business life with someone who understands these situations from het own experience as an executive coach. Due to the powerful questions of colleen we could have a dialogue at high level. The results was that I could expand my own business by exploring my hidden capacities as an executive coach. Thanks Colleen!"
    - Angelien Landstra
  • Working with Colleen and Authentic Leadership has helped me so much. I was very skeptical at first but very willing to try the coaching. I decided to keep my mind open because I knew that if I didn't, I would never realize my dreams. Through working with Colleen I was able to uncover many obstacles that were standing in my way and keeping me from the success I desire. Colleen has helped me to establish a solid foundation from which I can now continue to build and hone my leadership skills in a business atmosphere. Thank you, Colleen!!!
    Jenlyn Wood
  • I immediately felt comfortable with Colleen which is critical to moving forward in a coaching relationship. Not only does Colleen relate very well to people, but she has exceptional skill in supporting clients to get in touch with their true selves. And, after only a few weeks of working together, I was able to come to a deeper understanding of myself which allowed me to approach my HR role with greater clarity, drive and impact.
    Mary Ivers
  • Colleen has a knack for her craft. She is a natural. She uses her many layers of knowledge to come up with creative suggestions. Her gentle and guiding questions make the process of self-discovery easier and more joyful than I have ever experienced. Just about everything she said seemed to be the right question at the right time. That’s where Colleen stands out head and shoulders over other people.” Colleen displayed an adept balance between compassion and pushing me to develop. She has a great way of getting people to look at something from a different perspective and to stay in alignment with that person’s priorities. Most of all, Colleen’s caring and professional approach helped me identify and face things part of me would prefer not to and to bring out the best in me. I prefer the Newfield approach to coaching, especially the BEL [Body-Emotion-Language] model. It’s like an anchor you can sink your teeth into to examine what want you want to examine. Colleen’s approach respected that I had all the answers inside me and that her role was simply to help draw those answers out. The whole we worked together, it was clear that Colleen was in my court, that she just wanted me to be all that I can be. After working with Colleen, I am now calm, centered, empowered, Colleen has the ability to say one sentence which could completely shift my perspective.
    Ellen Tozzi