About

Meet Leslie

  • Leslie is an authentic leadership coach who motivates and inspires her clients to identify, reframe, and ultimately transform, what’s possible, in order to launch them into an otherwise unimaginable future. Her energy, ability to connect, and easy nature provides a safe space for her clients to begin the journey of reconnecting with their values, and what truly inspires them, motivating them to succeed in all aspects of their life.
  • Leslie began her career transforming the way men and women communicate with each other in the workplace. She has facilitated workshops and coached individuals in the area of diversity, attraction and retention of women, and gender communications.  This particular work inspired Leslie to partner in Gendermark International, where she trained and facilitated marketing and advertising organizations in the area of marketing to women.  In 2008, Leslie started Strong Coaching, which causes organizations and individuals to work and live by their values, create inspiring visions, and function at a level they never thought possible.
  • Leslie has worked with numerous small entrepreneurial organizations as well as larger ones such as Molson, Unilever, Home Depot, and Deloitte.
  • Leslie is a Carleton University graduate, and she is certified as an Executive Coach through Royal Roads University, a life coach through The Coaches Training Institute, and in various competency and personality assessment tools.

The YOU Factor

Summary

In a new book called The You Factor, executive coach Leslie Strong gives women who feel trapped in their business and personal lives some simple advice: It’s not about them; it’s about you. If you put that idea into practice, Leslie says, you can live a life full of power, meaning, and joy.

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As an executive coach, I listen to stories for a living, and I usually notice something right away. Nothing much changes. Year after year, it’s the same story, the same complaint, even the same bad guy. It’s Groundhog Day for women. Yet the real clue is not the narrative, or the repetition. If you listen carefully to these stories, you soon see a pattern: It’s always someone else’s fault. That someone might be a thing or a situation. It might be the circumstances. But one thing’s for sure: The woman who’s complaining, with a latte or a glass of wine in hand, never thinks she’s responsible. That is the problem. She is a stock player in her movie, not the star. She’s the character who gets into a little trouble and then gets written out of the T.V. series—not the writer who’s in control of the show.

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Personal Coaching

Organizational Coaching can prove to be an invaluable tool. Programs can take the form of company-wide coaching, team-specific sessions, one-on-one support (or any combination of these), as a means to get the organization on the path towards success. The benefits of engaging an external professional coach are many: it removes any personal biases or conflicts of interest, confidentiality issues no longer present a problem, organizational politics in play are circumvented, and perhaps most importantly, an external coach can see possibilities that internal staff members cannot, leading to unconsidered solutions.

+ Communication

Speaking something aloud can change its intended meaning. Effective communication is one of the top 10 competencies of a great leader, which is why this method of coaching focuses on knowing when and how to use different styles of speaking and listening, ultimately resulting in more compelling communication and a greater.

+ Gender Diversity

Scientific evidence shows that men and women are wired to think and react differently. This method of coaching and facilitating uses male and female brain differences to help gain a better understanding of each other, in order to positively impact communication and working relationships.

+ One On One

Executive Coaching is a collaborative, confidential, mutually designed partnership between a professional coach and an executive. Coaches accelerate an executive’s business results and effectiveness as a leader by equipping them with the tools, knowledge and opportunity to develop to the next level. Coaching includes effectively questioning and examining behaviours, paradigms, blind spots, beliefs and/or actions that stunt creativity and possibility in order to create insights, forward movement and transformation. This coaching empowers the executive to dream big and stand firm for the realization of those dreams.

+ Transformation

This method of coaching focuses on one’s awareness level in the area of “what you don’t know that you don’t know”, or one’s blind-spots. This method of coaching creates a fundamental shift that leaves individuals motivated, excited and committed to a whole new future.

 

Organizational Coaching

When a company is not functioning effectively, it becomes almost impossible to keep moving forward. Communication issues, not meeting numbers or targets, turnovers or new hires who aren’t integrated properly, company misalignment, growth, even organizational changes due to the economy can all be factors leading to a company not functioning to it’s highest potential. Thus, organizational coaching can take many different paths, from determining the company vision, mission and values, employee engagement, team coaching and alignment, to specific one on one coaching to extract the best from individuals.

+ 360 Degree Assessment

With the increased focus on teamwork, employee development, and customer service, the emphasis has shifted from performance feedback coming solely from superiors, to more of a multiple-input approach. Called “360-degree assessment” to connote that full circle, feedback is in this case solicited from supervisors, peers, subordinates, customers, and one’s self.

+ ASSESS Systems

ASSESS Systems is a fully validated suite of assessment instruments that measure personality traits and competencies identified for success in professional roles. It provides a cost effective, 360 degree approach to talent management to support selection, personal development, leadership development, team integration, talent succession planning, on boarding and executive coaching.

+ BRANTAS Systems

The Brantas toolset offers corporate clients the ability to enhance personal development, leadership effectiveness and effectiveness of teams by identifying personal preferences and the impact of those preferences within the work environment. This system can also help guide hiring, conflict and succession planning.

+ Communication

Speaking something aloud can change its intended meaning. Effective communication is one of the top 10 competencies of a great leader, which is why this method of coaching focuses on knowing when and how to use different styles of speaking and listening, which will ultimately result in more compelling communication and a greater level of success.

+ Employee Integration/Engagement

Employee engagement is a very big deal. There is clear and mounting evidence that high levels of employee engagement keenly correlates to individual, group and corporate performance in areas such as retention, turnover, productivity, customer service and loyalty. This method of coaching helps organizations harness, and retain their greatest asset, their people.

+ Gender Diversity

Scientific evidence shows that men and women are wired to think and react differently. This method of coaching and facilitating uses male and female brain differences to help gain a better understanding of each other, in order to positively impact communication and working relationships.

+ HR Strategies

As a coach I bring a very different view to HR strategies in an organization. I partner with the organization to bring forth the most powerful strategies to enhance employee engagement, organizational culture, development and succession planning, high potential employee initiatives, and customized specialty training programs.

+ Leadership

Leaders are both made and born. This method of coaching uses personal values, visioning and mission statements to align leaders with what is possible for the future both for themselves and those around them. This coaching is paired with action and development plans to ensure commitment, excitement and ultimately success.

+ Mentoring

A successful mentor is someone who can inspire others and tap into their unrealized potential, while encouraging high levels of commitment, motivation and performance. This method of coaching helps harness these talents so that you can bring out the best in those working with you.

+ On Boarding

This type of coaching assists the executive on quickly assimilating into an organization’s culture, creating positive rapport with his or her immediate team and laying out productive ways to begin quickly working towards achieving his or her goals.

+ One On One

Executive Coaching is a collaborative, confidential, mutually designed partnership between a professional coach and an executive. Coaches accelerate an executive’s business results and effectiveness as a leader by equipping them with the tools, knowledge and opportunity to develop to the next level. Coaching includes effectively questioning and examining behaviours, paradigms, blind spots, beliefs and/or actions that stunt creativity and possibility in order to create insights, forward movement and transformation. This coaching empowers the executive to dream big and stand firm for the realization of those dreams.

+ Teams

Whether you are looking to promote team building, improve bottom line results, increase productivity or effectiveness or get your group onto the same page with the same goals, team coaching can prove invaluable. This method of coaching involves group members sharing knowledge and processes to empower and support each other, and determine an agreed upon course of action. It builds trust, communication and accountability as the team works together towards achieving a common goal.

+ Transformation

This method of coaching focuses on one’s awareness level in the area of “what you don’t know that you don’t know”, or one’s blind-spots. This method of coaching creates a fundamental shift that leaves individuals motivated, excited and committed to a whole new future.

+ Values/Mission/Vision

Values, mission and vision are critical to success. This method of coaching aligns leaders with what is important to them and their company. Working either individually or with a team, this method of coaching helps define what the company should stand for, as well as its vision for the future.

+ Workshops

A facilitated workshop is a step-by-step experience that frees up the minds of the participants, creating a productive environment, and thereby accelerating the process of promoting knowledge, while making it engaging and fun. Facilitated workshops are a great way to bring teams together, create new ways of thinking, relating, and succeeding.

Clients

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Testimonials

Not long ago I was consumed with life issues that seemed overwhelming and I had no idea how to overcome them. I was a stay at home Mother who needed to return to the work force and had no idea where to start. My coaching sessions with Leslie from Strong Coaching provided me with the insight and clarity that resulted in my not only finding the exact position I was looking for, but gave me the confidence to embrace my ambition and I now find myself in charge of the department.

A Director in Investor Relations, IAMGOLD Corporation

I highly recommend Leslie as an executive coach and mentor. With me Leslie has demonstrated the skill to identify the big picture and effectively coach me to more than achieve my goals. Leslie’s calm, capable demeanor sets the stage for positive and sustainable personal/business growth. I look forward to coaching calls with Leslie.

A Sales Manager, Heart and Stroke Foundation

I am most appreciative of Leslie’s skills and expertise in helping me to take a good look at my career objectives and make them a reality. Her services were invaluable and have produced tangible changes in my life.

A VP in Business Development

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  • Instinctively knows that you can take your organization to the next level – you just may not know how
  • Realizes your teams, or entire organization, can be more effective in the areas of: employee engagement, team unification, communication, leadership skills, succession planning
  • Wants to create a consistent communication for the organization through the development of values, mission, vision, 360 and/or other various assessment tools
  • Is dedicated to their employees and looking to partner in their constant growth and development as employees as well as individuals
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