Leadership Coaching

Leadership Coaching2021-09-21T02:54:13+08:00

Why coaching?

We design all of our programs to include coaching because we are committed to the best outcome for you.

Coaching is integral to your growth. While courses and workshops are inherently valuable in their own right, in our experience it is the coaching over an extended period that makes the difference. Coaching provides the structure and accountability to keep you on track with your developmental progress. Ultimately, coaching supports you to get from point A to point B in your development faster than you could by yourself.

Coaching is a unique experience and not all coaches are the same. We are trained in ontology, which is about how you are being while you do the doing. We are human beings not human doings after all. We are also trained in positive psychology, which is all about human flourishing. We empower you to flourish as a human being by supporting you to raise your awareness about how you are being in life and this will increase your effectiveness in everything you do in life.

The space coaching makes available is safe.

A safe environment allows you to explore what is getting in your way of achieving what you are committed to. We do not solve your problems for you. We simply ask you insightful guiding questions and provide you a safe space for you to discover your own solutions. We listen for what is possible and what you are capable of as well as what is missing, what might be in your way, what you are not seeing and what you are not acknowledging yourself for. We listen your new future into existence as you create it. We listen for and speak to your commitment.

There is homework for you to do too and this is an important aspect of coaching. The discovery of what is possible for you and your life is in the practice of exercises and new ways of being between coaching sessions.

Coaching is a bit like going to the gym. In the first three sessions we generally get sore muscles and we become ‘aware’ of muscles we didn’t know existed. However, muscle growth and performance increases with persistence and repetition. For this reason, we recommend you start with at least six coaching sessions, especially if you are new to coaching. We work with you to increase your awareness. Early on you will naturally resist who you really are because keeping the barriers up to protect ourselves is what we human beings do.

Once you are free from the constraints of your past you can create yourself however you want to be – courageous, confident, persistent – and you can act on your commitments with freedom and ease.

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Let’s have a conversation about how we can help you and your organisation to thrive!

Who We Are

Barb Howard
Barb Howard
Co-founding director of the Institute of Regenerative Leadership and Be Exceptional Consulting and Coaching.
Bernard Callus
Bernard Callus
Co-founding director of the Institute of Regenerative Leadership and Be Exceptional Consulting and Coaching.

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Client Reviews

“I engaged Barb in 2020 as a leadership coach to assist me with the new business direction to help women get a seat on a board. What’s great about Barb is her ability to listen deeply and hear what is not being said. She challenged me to lift my game to a whole new level. She’s smart, fast and she’s on my team. Highly recommend her as a partner to lift your game to the next level.”

Helen Robinet, Leadership & Confidence Coach, Melbourne
“Late in 2020, we participated in the leadership development program offered by the Institute of Regenerative Leadership. Since then I have worked with Barb and this has given me the confidence I needed to move forward. Barb’s guidance has helped me clear the blockages as they have come up and kept me moving forward toward what I am committed to.”

Rod Butler, Regenerative Farmer

“Before coaching with Bernard, I lacked the courage to ask the difficult questions in my personal and business life. I tended to avoid confrontation and I used to pretend I didn’t need the help, or I would ignore the issue and hope it would just go away. Bernard’s coaching supported me to develop my courage and assertiveness and crack through my numbness and fears. I’m now open to contribution from my business partners.”

Nathan Adams, Entrepreneur, Augusta, WA

“Working with Bernard I learnt to face up to my fears, building my confidence, commitment, courage, and purpose to step from the known into the less familiar. With Bernard’s coaching I developed my assertiveness and put in place new agreements with my husband that gave me time and space to pursue things that are important to me. This created a greater partnership with my husband as we move into our next phase of life.”

Katrina Butler, Teacher and Trainer, Perenjori, WA

“I have gained friends who, like me, are actively pursuing goals that add great value to the community. Knowing I have ongoing support and encouragement from inspirational people who are visionary, courageous and at the cutting edge empowers me immensely in my own pursuits to realise my vision.”

Craig Mathieson, Margaret River, WA

“Bernard’s coaching was insightful, supportive and at times confronting, which was just what I needed to continue my journey of personal and professional growth. While working with him, I was able to look more deeply at areas of my life where I was not performing or being fully authentic, and he empowered me to make some hard decisions aimed at moving things forward.”

Caroline New, Executive Leadership Coach, Sydney, NSW

“Bernard’s coaching supported me to clarify the direction of my leadership development, conquer my struggle with goal setting and allowed me to regain my power over my own success. Bernard asked direct questions that needed to be asked and that challenged my perspectives. I will return to my session notes time and time again and have no doubt they will continue to inspire me to be a better leader.”

Paula Johnston, Chief Financial Officer, Newcastle, NSW

“Bernard helped me grapple with everything from self-doubt to recreating my future direction. He brings his unique way of looking at the issue under discussion never failing to have the courage to speak his mind. This is something I find refreshing and very valuable when grappling with my own self-doubts and concerns.”

John Williams, Coach and Big Picture Thinker, Brisbane, QLD

“One of the most insightful courses I have ever done because it covered the professional and the personal. I would like to have ongoing stages of the Local Leadership Program to continue learning, growing, sharing and connecting with Australia and the world through networks.”

Dawn Thompson, Broome, WA

“I engaged Bernard to coach me around the difficult aspects of my business that I would prefer to shove under the rug. One session at a time he was able to see where I was hesitating and honed in to recommend swift and clever action. It was action that made all the difference. Bernard has an insightful and creative thinking style. He asks really smart questions, the kind that challenge and get results with great clarity.”

Helen Robinet, Leadership and Confidence Coach, Melbourne, Victoria

“Barb is an insightful and masterful coach who can hold the space for a deep conversation. Working with Barb has allowed me to safely release trauma which helped me to transform an area of my life for good. Now I can move on and start a new phase of life with freedom and joy. I can highly recommend Barb as a coach.”

Jacqueline Hofste, Principle Leadership Coach, Sydney

“I have loved that our facilitator has been precise with the delivery… A program like this requires a ‘’real human’’ to deliver this. If one pretends their life is perfect, I think I would have seen this as fake and not learned as much as I have…my facilitator was open, honest and real.”

Robin Naylor, Williams, WA

“In my personal capacity, it is with confidence that I highly recommend Barb and Bernard. Thank you Barb, for helping me step into my authentic style of gentle leadership from which I can more powerfully bring societal, environmental and economic healing to our world.”

Fiona West, Shire of Broome Councillor

“Bernard provided me with coaching when I was setting up an architect office partnership with a senior mentor.  The office workload was increasing rapidly. Bernard’s coaching assisted me to expand our team from 2 – 4 architects, to improve office communication and to establish effective time structures contributing to the delivery of projects of high quality, within budget and on time.”

Ally Mackenzie, Architect, Northam, WA
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