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Why Transforming Our Practice Exists
As a more than 30-year Non-Profit Administrator, Educator, and Edupreneur, I have myself often experienced a lack of support and commitment to my leadership development within the organizations I served. Only when I sought out leadership coaching, learning experiences, and personally tailored leadership development was I able to tap into my hidden potential to achieve success in my personal and professional life.
My coaching philosophy comes from the belief that the leadership identity is shaped by our beliefs, behaviors, and ways of being. We cannot mirror the leaders we want to be until our words, verbal and non-verbal behavior match our actions. When we build stamina for change, growth, and transformation, we cultivate, nurture, and sustain high-performing cultures of joy, well-being, and purpose. As a transformational leadership coach, I create a necessary space for reflection and dialogical questions while also being directive to action steps and accountability.
I am a Master Certified Professional Coach and ICF Associate Certified Coach (ACC) who has over 15 years of experience as an instructional, leadership, and equity coach. I have degrees in Organizational Management and Managerial Leadership, and currently a candidate for an Ed. D. in Leadership. I specialize in Transformational Leadership and Performance Coaching. I lean into Positive Psychology, Leadership Theories and Frameworks, and Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, Belonging, Acceptance, and Social Justice (DEIBAJ) best practices and Libertarian pedagogies.
My facilitation and consulting (thought partner) are aligned with my coaching philosophy in that I co-design with my partners a learning and growth experience that is intentional for cognitive heavy lifting and productive struggle of the participants. I do explicitly frame and provide context to promote understanding and point of reference, including techniques such as action mapping to outline the needs of my partners while still allowing them to utilize their knowledge and expertise to guide the work and expectations of their initiatives. As the African Proverb exclaims, " If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together".
"Michellea is an outstanding coach! She is both professional and personable! "
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