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The Leadership Sphere

Clarity. Capability. Contribution.

Karen Conaghan

Senior Consultant, Facilitator & Coach, The Leadership Sphere

Areas of Expertise

  • Executive,Team & Group Coaching
  • Emerging Leaders & Talent
  • Career Transition
  • Leadership Effectiveness- Individual & Collective
  • Emotional & Conversational Intelligence
  • Leading through Change
  • Facilitation
  • 360 assessment & debriefs
  • Career History

  • Social Worker in Community and Hospital Health in NSW and Qld
  • Community Officer in Education Qld
  • Policy Officer Education Qld
  • Board Director of 2 Educational Facilities
  • Consultant in Leadership Development- 2000 till present
  • Background

    Specialising in individual and collective leadership development, building high performance teams, and emerging talent, Karen has over 28 years’ experience working with government and private organisations and has coached & partnered with senior executives from some of Australia’s largest corporations as well as Fortune 500 Global Companies.

    Karen has a proven ability to easily connect, establish trust and be insightful and accurate. In supporting leaders, she brings insight, pragmatism and energy to performance conversations. Her approach is proactive, solution and outcomes focused supported by evidence-based coaching methodologies & proven psychometrics that are underpinned by the International Coach Federation ethics and core competencies. Her background in psychology gives her a powerful understanding of personal motivation & team dynamics.

    Karen’s coaching and consulting approach is non-threatening, yet direct, consistent and accountable. She provides dynamic interactive training and ‘fearless facilitation’ for individuals and teams wanting to significantly increase their levels of positive impact in the workplace.

    Previous professional roles include having held senior leadership positions in health and education with an outstanding track record. In leading and developing project and multi-disciplinary teams she understands the challenges of cross functional collaboration.

    Qualifications and Memberships

  • B. Social Work – UNSW
  • Post Grad Diploma of Education – QUT
  • Master Certified Coach (MCC) International Coach Federation
  • Graduate Corporate Coach U – Business Coaching Essentials Fast Track
  • Accredited Senior Coach Level 3 – Results Coaching Systems
  • Certificate IV, Workplace Training and Assessment
  • Certified Professional Australian Human Resource Institute  CAHRI
  • International Coach Federation MCC
  • Fellow Institute Learning Practitioners FILP
  • Australian Institute of Company Directors MAICD
  • Hogan Personality Inventory (HPI); Hogan Developmental Survey (HDS); Motives, Values Preferences Inventory( MVPI)
  • Lominger Voices 360©
  • The Leadership Circle© Leadership Culture Survey; LCP & ME Edition
  • The Leadership Circle© C2- Collective Leadership Systems Facilitator
  • Master Facilitator for “The Coaching Clinic” © & “Difficult Conversations”, Corporate Coach U
  • Ken Blanchard Companies Global Trainer- “Coaching Essentials for Leaders”
  • Team Management Systems(TMS)- Strategic Team Development Profile (STDP)
  • Genos Emotional Intelligence 360 & Motivating and Engaging Teams (MET)©
  • Conflict Dynamic Profile (CDP) – Eckerd College
  • IOWEU©-Building Buyer Relationships
  • Extended DiSC© & Trainer Personality Coaching Styles Inventory PCSIÓ
  • Certified Assessor The Booth Companies
  • What We Care About

    The issues we face today in organisations and globally will require unprecedented leadership and unprecedented levels of co-operation concurrently, to mobilise communities and organisations.

    A New Paradigm for the Future

    To make progress on our most significant issues, we need a new paradigm—one that inspires us to:

  • Act constructively in a values-driven way
  • Empower each other to take responsibility and accountability at all levels of the organisation
  • Shift our focus from problem-centric to solution-centric (positive change)
  • Make progress on the toughest issues and challenges
  • Create an environment of breakthrough performance, and high levels of commitment and learning
  • Liberate ourselves from old ways of thinking about how to manage and lead people
  • Develop systems intelligence.
  • As the industrial age wanes, new possibilities emerge to create a different paradigm of leadership. I propose a new paradigm that draws from many sources and builds on them in an integrative way.

    The mechanistic, industrial paradigm has been in existence since the latter part of the 18th century and continues to shape society and modern organisations. It is a long, slow journey, yet incredibly worthwhile.

    Our Definition of Leadership

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    Contact Details

    Phone: 1300 100 857


    Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane and Perth


    GPO Building, Level 2, 350 Bourke St, Melbourne Vic 3000