Transformative Leadership: How Executive Coaching Turned Technical Experts into Effective Leaders

Stoke Consulting - Executive Coaching | Leadership Development


A global environmental engineering firm faced a significant challenge: their top technical talents excelled in their technical roles but struggled with leadership. These high-potential succession candidates lacked emotional intelligence, management skills, and effective leadership behaviours. Implementation of their technical expertise was being hindered by their inability to lead, creating obstacles for the company’s growth and leading to employee engagement challenges.


Stoke Consulting was asked to help and stepped in with a comprehensive solutions : 

1. Insightful Assessments:

We utilised the Human Synergistics “Life Styles Inventory” (LSI) to uncover the true leadership attributes of these technical experts, providing valuable insights into their individual strengths and areas for improvement.

2. Personalised Coaching:

Our one-on-one coaching sessions were tailored to each individual’s needs, focusing on enhancing EQ, self-awareness, and developing impactful leadership habits.

3. Team Development:

Through team coaching sessions, we fostered collaboration and created a cohesive supportive leadership approach.

4. Leadership Training:

We introduced essential management principles that had been lacking, equipping these future leaders with the skills needed to excel in their roles.



The program delivered significant positive outcomes:

1. Empowered Leaders
: The managers embraced new, effective behaviours, gained confidence in bravely voicing their opinions becoming less concerned about potential conflict. They felt more empowered and capable in their leadership roles.

2. Behavioural Improvements
: The feedback from colleagues and senior leaders was overwhelmingly positive, highlighting tangible and noticeable improvements in leadership and management skills.

3. Enhanced Executive Presence
: The candidates developed a stronger executive presence, enhancing their ability to influence and inspire their teams.

4. Improved Well-Being
: Stress levels decreased, mental health and home lives improved. The leaders became more purposeful with their time, achieving a better work-life balance.

5. Continued Growth
: The positive impact of the coaching program was so successful that all candidates chose to extend their coaching journey with Stoke Consulting, ensuring continued growth and development.


Stoke Consulting’s executive coaching programs effectively addressed the leadership challenges faced by high-potential candidates. By focusing on emotional intelligence, management skills, and leadership behaviours, we help technical experts transform into effective, confident leaders. Our approach not only improves leadership capabilities but also enhances overall well-being and executive presence. Discover how Stoke Consulting can support your team’s growth and success.

Chris Read
Stoke Consulting

Leveraging his extensive leadership and entrepreneurial background, Chris consistently leads high-performing teams of leaders to outstanding business achievements. He excels in unravelling the intricacies of challenging business scenarios, crafting strategic plans and business cases while fostering deep trust including during executive coaching. This comprehensive and high integrity approach significantly elevates business performance for his clients, helping them to exceed expectations. Chris’ experience includes successfully leading multiple $1B+pa businesses with full P&L responsibility across nine countries and 800 reports to starting, building and selling his own e-commerce business, all the while building high performing teams of leaders.