Meet our Springboard Community – Rachel Houghton

Are you a leader?  Are you open and committed to personal growth?  Do you lack the courage and confidence to put your best self forward?  Do you want to step into your fullest potential?  If you answered YES to any of those questions, our individual coaching and mentoring offering is for you. 

“MAY LEADERSHIP BE FOR YOU A TRUE ADVENTURE OF GROWTH”
– John O’Donohue
 

Meet Rachel

I am passionate about the power of collaboration to effect meaningful change, and have worked in collaborative initiatives across the international development and non-profit sectors for 20 years.

This passion recently found expression in my role as co-facilitator on the She Leads Change ‘Leading Collective Impact’ programme – a truly inspiring and impactful programme. I experienced first hand the transformative power of coaching during my transition to a chief executive role.

The insight of my coaches made a profound difference to the way I showed up, and helped me realise that effective leadership starts at home, with ourselves. It was this experience that led me to train as a leadership coach. I now love supporting others on their leadership journey.

I am interested in who you are as a full human being, not just what you do; in how you are ‘being’ and connecting to your core values, purpose and power. You will find I am an empathetic listener, a gentle yet persistent challenger and an enthusiastic encourager, intent on supporting you to embody the leader you already are, confident in your ability to find and use your unique qualities and voice.

Questions I can help you answer:

  • Who am I as a leader? What gifts do I bring?
  • How can I find, and be, my best self? 
  • What’s holding me back? How can I overcome this?

Timezone and Availability

London Based. Available days & evenings, & occasional weekends.

Feedback and Testimonials

Rachel has been instrumental in helping me reach the next level of self-awareness and self-confidence on my leadership journey. Most importantly, our sessions gave me a true sense of agency. What I found unique about Rachel was her ability to consider what’s happening both in one’s personal and professional lives – I really felt I was getting a holistic treatment looking at me as a whole person, rather than just ‘an employee’ or a ‘professional leader’. Rachel is one of the most inspiring people I’ve met, especially in how she exudes both calmness and self-assuredness; empathy and expertise; all while advocating and displaying steadfast integrity.

Rachel is empathetic and a great listener. She is brilliant at reflecting and asking pertinent questions, effortlessly guiding conversations to help you to reach the heart of issues. Rachel’s warmth and sense of humour make you feel at ease. She is also knowledgeable about leadership and coaching approaches, providing useful references and exercises to do between sessions.  Every time we have a session, I am left buzzing with new thoughts and ideas. I thoroughly enjoyed working with and learning from Rachel.

I can sense … your light like a star and your warmth like a fire, which gives me great hope and resolve for the journey ahead.

Coaching Qualifications

  • Certified Psychosynthesis Leadership Coach (PCL & Middlesex University)
  • Foundation in Organisation & Relationship Systems Coaching (CRR Global) & Theory U (Presencing Institute)
  • Foundation in Body Psychotherapy & Psychosynthesis Psychotherapy

Never stop wondering; never stop wandering

— Anon

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