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Phillip Ralph

MD & Founder
Coach, Consultant & Facilitator


Phillip’s capability and passion is working with senior leaders and teams to achieve high levels of individual, team and organisational performance. The approach adopted brings together a strong systems approach with proven personal transformational processes. He also brings a diverse range of commercial, government and senior corporate experiences.

His approach is definitely not ‘one size fits all’ and instead uses a contextual approach – and importantly, one that optimises results for the client. His strengths are working with leaders and senior teams who need to gain increased clarity about where they are, where they want to go, and how to get there. He has strong expertise in helping organisations manage and lead change in complex environments.


Prior to founding The Leadership Sphere, Phillip spent six years with the highly successful and innovative ANZ cultural transformation program called Breakout, where he was the Head of Consulting and Facilitation. Initiated by the CEO, John McFarlane in 2000, Breakout has been widely acclaimed as one of the best examples of a successful cultural transformation program in the world. 

Phillip works with many large Australian and international organisations including tier one professional service firms, several large Australian banks and many large hospitals and healthcare groups. He works with CEOs and executives as a coach and mentor and is on various global coaching panels. He has also worked with McKinsey & Co in delivering leadership programs to a global firm. He is sought out by some of Australia’s most senior leaders to guide and support them. 

Phillip completed the highly regarded Dare to Lead™ Facilitator Training with Dr Brené Brown in 2019. He has written and contributed to several books, including Leadership Without Silver Bullets: A Guide to Exercising Leadership, acclaimed by business leaders and experts as a no-nonsense guide to leadership that cuts through the usual rhetoric. He also contributed to two new books: Emerging Trends in Leadership and Strategy and The World Book of Values. Phillip’s fourth book (in progress) addresses the challenges of real world people development and how to create and sustain a capable and motivated workforce.

Areas of Expertise

  • Building capacity and capability 
  • Leadership Development 
  • Creating High Performance Teams
  • Cultural Transformation and Alignment
  • Key Skills

  • Change Leadership 
  • Executive Performance 
  • Team Coaching 
  • Training leaders to be coaches 
  • Keynote speaking
  • Qualifications and Memberships

  • Master of Applied Science (Individual/Organisational Effectiveness) Vic. Uni, Melb. 
  • Graduate Diploma of Management (HRM) UNE, NSW 
  • Bachelor of Applied Science (with Distinction) (P.E. and Applied Org. Psych.), FIT, Melb. 
  • The Art and Practice of Leadership Development Program, Harvard University (Boston). 
  • Certified Dare to Lead™ Facilitator (USA, Brené Brown) 
  • Certified Professional – Australian Human Resources Institute (CAHRI) 
  • Australian Institute of Management (AIMM) 
  • International Coach Federation (Aust.) 
  • Executive Coach and Coach Facilitator (Institute of Executive Coaching, Sydney) 
  • Coaching for Performance (Human Performance Institute, John Whitemore, London) 
  • Professional Development Cert. in Coaching (Psychology of Coaching Uni of Sydney) 
  • NLP Practitioner (Living Change, Melb.) 
  • Managerial and Executive Wellness Survey (Melb)
  • Team Management Systems (TMP) 
  • McKinsey/GBA Facilitator Training (Melb.) 
  • Hogan Assessment Systems (HPI, HDI, MVPI) 
  • The Leadership Circle 
  • Systems Thinking (MDP – Borwick International) 
  • Systems Dynamics (Accelerating Momentum in Cultural Transformation Programs – Geniusys, Sydney) 
  • Management Leadership Program (leading change through systemic interventions - Borwick International, New York) 
  • Quantum Thinking (Melb.) 
  • Human Synergistics (LSI/GSI; LI; OCI/OEI) 
  • CTT 1 (Corporate Transformation Tools – Richard Barrett, The Values Centre, US) 
  • DiSC Accredited (Integro Learning, Melb.) 
  • Psychodynamic Consulting (Melb.) 
  • SUEIT Individual and Team Coaching (Swinburne University Emotional Intelligence Test) 
  • 360 Feedback Accreditation (SHL) 
  • GLWS (Global Leadership Wellbeing Survey) Accredited

  • 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

    Email: [email protected]

    Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane and Perth


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