About Sue

Sue McLeod, Professional Certified Coach (PCC)

Sue McLeod, an executive coach, has partnered with organizations over the past 15 years to create more effective leaders. Drawing on her 20 years of experience as a leader in technology and government consulting, and her management consulting experience, she helps individual leaders to be more thoughtful about how they manage, more aware of their impact on the performance of their teams, and more confident in their approach to the day-to-day challenges of their positions.

  • Ms. McLeod has worked for federal government and private sector clients in the Technology, Construction, Logistics, Aerospace and Defense, Pharmaceutical, Education, and Legal sectors. 
  • She is a faculty member of the Georgetown University Leadership Coaching Certificate program, and participates as a Values Coach in Columbia University’s Senior Executive Program.

Philosophy of Coaching and Specific Outcomes Achieved Through Coaching Work:  

While each coaching engagement presents unique focus areas particular to the client, Sue finds recurring themes with leaders of 
  • Observing and reflecting on their values, what motivates them and other key factors that drive their behavior.
  • Understanding there are differences in the people and situations they work with, and learning to use a range of leadership styles.
  • Developing an objective view of their organization and how to get things done.
  • Learning to trust their strengths, blend intuition and analysis, and be confident in their own and others’ abilities.
Sue’s coaching style has been described as insightful - a blend of persistent and patient, challenging and supportive.  She is known for her calm presence, non-judgmental observations and feedback, and ability to shine the light on areas for development and help the client discover new ways of thinking and behaving in the work place. 

Client Results:
  • Increased decisiveness in personnel actions required to address performance problems, job assignments, and benefits and compensation issues.
  • Reduced conflict within senior team and improved quality of decisions through understanding and appreciation of differences in style, perspectives, and concerns.
  • Increased focus on holding people accountable for results, while tempering the leader’s personal desire for creativity and creating new initiatives.
  • Improved project planning and implementation through senior leadership team sessions to thoroughly discuss critical success factors including objectives, technology, cost/benefit analysis, resources, timelines, risk factors, and people required for project success.
Training Coaches to Be Their Best: 

Sue has been a Learning Circle Advisor for the Georgetown University Leadership Coaching Certificate Program since 2003. In that time she has coached and advised over 50 students, assessed hundreds of coaching conversations, and provided developmental feedback to students.  Her feedback is insightful and direct, and delivered in a way that is intended to maximize learning. She is also a teaching faculty member in the program, teaching the fundamental coaching skills of coaching presence, listening, and asking powerful questions. 

Her PCC Master Class provides an intimate learning environment for coaches wanting to deepen their understanding of the ICF Coaching Competencies. She also provides Mentor Coaching for coaches applying for ICF certification, or who want a "personal trainer" for strengthening their coaching skills.

Degree:  Bachelor of Arts, Mathematics, Colby College, Waterville. ME

Completed Courses:  Applied Mathematics, University of Maryland; Educational Technology Leadership, George Washington University; Co-Active Coaching, The Coaches Training Institute; Co-Active Leadership, The Coaches Training Institute; Mentor Coach Certificate, InviteChange

Professional Certified Coach (International Coach Federation)
Certified Professional Co-Active Coach (The Coaches Training Institute)
Certified Mentor Coach (InviteChange)
Sue is also certified in a number of assessment instruments, including the Hogan Leadership Assessments, Hay Group's Emotional Competency Inventory, Leadership Styles and Organizational Climate, the Herrmann Brain Dominance Instrument (HBDI), and the Core Values Discovery process developed by MindTech, Inc.

Adjunct Faculty for Georgetown University's Institute for Transformational Leadership

Member of ICF Global, ICF New England, and a founding member of the ICF New England -Maine chapter.
Member of the Association of Coach Training Organizations Board of Directors (2012-2014)
Member of the Kennebec Estuary Land Trust Board of Directors
Location: Bath, ME

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