In 2012 as an Executive leader Michelle lead the implementation of a leadership development and coaching programme and experienced first-hand the impact of coaching on both individual leaders and the organisation. Seeing this transformation, Michelle embarked on a career transition and completed her coaching accreditation in 2013. Since then she has accrued over 500 coaching hours working with leaders across a wide range of industries and sectors.
Michelle believes that to lead others one must first learn to lead oneself. She focuses on enabling leaders to achieve their full potential by understanding their thinking, appreciating their strengths, and aligning what they love to what they do. She builds on this self-awareness to support leaders to achieve transformative change for themselves and their organisations.
Michelle is a member of the International Coach Federation (ICF) and regularly participates in professional development. In addition, she is an advocate of growing the connection between mind and body to improve personal effectiveness and is expanding her coaching skills to include wellness. She is currently undergoing accreditation in nutrition coaching and teacher training in classical Pilates.
Summary of Roles
Summary of Executive & Governance Roles
Qualifications, Certification & Affiliations
Qualifications, Certification & Affiliations
I worked with Michelle in a time of transition and uncertainty.
Her knowledgeable and pragmatic coaching quickly gave me greater clarity and confidence.
Michelle has a focused and empathetic approach and she helped me simultaneously tackle immediate issues and take tangible steps towards my next goals.
I cannot recommend Michelle highly enough.
Project Manager, Health Sector
As part of the first year Massey University Masters of Advance Leadership Practice (MALP) degree programme I chose Michelle Taylor from a line-up of highly recommended coaches.
The year was outstanding with Michelle’s help! She did a fantastic job coaching me through my monthly leadership assignments.
Thanks for the awesomeness.
Master’s Student, MALP 2018
I worked with Michelle over a six-month period as I transitioned into a strategic senior leadership role.
She has a fantastic direct, but caring approach, which enables her to get to the heart of any challenges and help you gain clarity on your direction and purpose.
Whilst sessions are absolutely at your own pace, I found Michelle was able to swiftly get me concentrating on the core essentials of what great leaders need to be focusing on – skills that I continue to put to good use to this day!
Senior Leader, Tourism Sector
I have engaged Michelle as a coach on a number of occasions both to support other leaders and myself.
Personally I have found Michelle’s coaching at the time of transitioning roles invaluable and have had similar feedback from the leaders we’ve engaged her to support.
Her coaching style is supportive as well as thought provoking which helps to develop in ways needed to successfully take on a new leadership challenge.
General Manager People & Culture
Michelle’s expertise supported my continued leadership development and embed my transition to Engineering Management.
Michelle gave me the tools to succeed and my confidence grew after every session.
She helped me align my career goals through both mentoring and coaching which gave me the ability to play to my strengths.
My team also benefited from the planning and decision making tools she introduced to me.
Engineering Manager, Wellington
I had the privilege of having Michelle as a coach to help me cement my career goals and help with structuring my career path.
I found Michelle to be incredibly insightful, engaging, and motivating. Her interpersonal skills are exceptional as is her wisdom.
Within our first session she had helped me gain clarity on various issues which I had unsuccessfully tried to unpick for 20 years.
I found her to be a very skilled and experienced coach. Her emotional intelligence and ability to read others is exceptional.
Senior Leader, Govt sector.
I had nine sessions with Michelle and it was an eye opener.
Michelle coached me in such a way to enhance self-awareness. By knowing myself, I could work out my strengths and limitations.
The coaching sessions encouraged me to use my strengths confidently where I find opportunities at the same time challenged me to work on my limitations.
It boosted my confidence, ability to think differently and make a difference in situations.
Thanks you Michelle for your input in my life.
Coachee - Masters of Advanced Leadership
At a turning point in my career when I knew my corporate leadership role wasn't giving me the satisfaction I craved but didn't feel brave enough to do anything about it, Michelle helped me remove some of the shoulds, woulds, coulds and design a future career path I felt really excited about.
She coached me through giving myself permission and not looking for approval to make the positive changes I needed.
Her coaching style is empathetic and supportive as well as challenging when needed, challenging the below the surface blocks and beliefs that stopped me taking action.
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