Leadership coaching is the catalyst for business breakthroughs.

Leadership coaching is the most effective development experience for individual performers, managers, executives, and teams because it creates the right learning environment for them to:

  • Expand their self-awareness so they see clearly how they can develop
  • Better identify opportunities for greater results amidst everyday challenges
  • Increase their confidence to take meaningful risks that add value to their teams and departments
  • Receive real-time guidance, support, and thought partnership as they advance projects and elevate their effectiveness
    • One skilled leader has the power to ignite transformational change for any team or business.

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How the Program Works

The Year to Rise coaching program is led by real-world leaders who understand the nature of business, change, and the context in which your team is leading. Our Lead Star consultants have extensive leadership experience and now apply their skills as entrepreneurs, advisors to the world’s best business, and as leadership coaches.

In a virtual, one-on-one format, a Lead Star coach will partner with your talent and share with them specific ways to reach new levels of success.

Key Program Features

Once your team member is assigned their coach – they’ll launch their program, which consists of:

  • Program goal identification to ensure that there are metrics and relevant outcomes connected to the program’s success
  • Custom selected leadership assessments to help expand self-awareness
  • On-demand coaching calls to ensure your leaders are getting the coaching they need to support growth and development (typical program participants engage in coaching sessions 2-3 times a month)
  • Action-based learning assignments, directly connected to actual deliverables or identified development areas, in between coaching sessions so they can apply what they’re learning in real-time

If you have more than one leader enrolled in Year to Rise, Lead Star can also include group-based learning into the program to help share knowledge, best practices, and further align the group with skills needed to drive organizational performance.

Our Customized Approach

Each Lead Star coaching program is unique; every participant utilizes their coaching conversations with express goals that are important to them and their organization, which can include:

Research has shown that leadership coaching is one of the best ways to support the growth and development of high performers, all the while helping support retention and engagement strategies.

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Who’s This For?

Year to Rise is designed for professionals who have the will and commitment to excel.

If you have a team member who’s:

  • Recently or soon to be promoted and needs to start out strong
  • Hit a ceiling and needs a new strategy to break through
  • Needs feedback to help them accelerate results
  • Wants to reach new levels of contribution and impact

Then make this their Year to Rise.

Program Duration and Cost

Lead Star’s Year to Rise program is offered in a 6-month and 12-month format.

Each program option follows a similar structure:

Understand Your Story.

We’ll focus on learning about our client’s ecosystem and understanding their leadership style so they attain a clear picture of their strengths and opportunities for growth.

Clarify Your Vision and Identify Goals.

Together we’ll define their professional and personal vision and translate it into goals and a step-by-step plan.

Focus on Sustainable Change.

We know personal growth takes time, will, and commitment. We’ll help your talent create the context for change and build the leadership competencies needed for sustainable results.

Practice Self-Directed Growth.

When your team members conclude their Year to Rise experience, they’ll have a roadmap that will allow them to continue down their growth journey post-program.

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Selecting a Program

When considering which program duration is right for your talent, assess goals for their coaching program. If you need short-term support for either a project they’re focused on, specific skill development, or a career goal that’s in sight, the 6-month program can be ideal.

If your talent needs a transformational vision and strategy to achieve it or would value real-time support in a management/executive role and you have multiple goals for their development, the 12-month program is the better timeline.

You can also consult with one of Lead Star’s coaches to determine what program length is the right fit.

Our leadership programs have been embraced by:

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Meet Your Coaches

Proven leaders and your guides to becoming the best leader you know.

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Meet Courtney

Courtney Lynch is a big-picture thinker whose life’s mission is to support individuals as they become the best leaders they know.

She spent nine years as a Marine Corps officer, managed a top-notch software sales team, and practiced at one of the nation’s leading law firms. Courtney also served as an elected official and as Chief Operating Officer at a rapidly scaling U.K.-based technology company.

Meet Josh

Josh Fisher is a resilient, engaging leader who is deeply committed to coaching professionals to new levels of performance.

From his time as a Marine Corps officer to managing leadership development programming for a leading retail brand, Josh has extensive experience supporting the success of leaders at all levels. His clients experience growth that increases productivity, motivation, and results.

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Meet Kristin

Kristin Harrington is an accomplished, innovative leader who excels at coaching and developing talented professionals.

Kristin has turned around organizations on the brink of closure, created new business ventures with high profit margins, and scaled existing programs and initiatives to fuel greater impact and reach. Her clients value her expertise and supportive style.

Meet Grant

Grant Roscoe is a compassionate, knowledgeable leader who values helping people grow and develop.

Grant is known for effective strategy development and execution through operational excellence. He has a passion for helping leaders deliver and sustain profitable growth by building strong teams and cultures, improving efficiency, and executing innovative strategies.

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Meet Angie

Angie Witkowski is a dynamic, creative thought leader who knows how to unlock the capability and talent of leaders at all levels.

After serving as a Marine Corps officer, Angie led in pharmaceutical sales for Merck and Pfizer. She’s been a special advisor to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff on diversity initiatives, and engages routinely with boards and organizations to drive performance.

Meet Ben

Ben is a trusted resource to leaders seeking to shift performance and culture. His work is grounded in principles of trust, transparency, and empathy.

As a recognized professionalism and ethics expert, clients value Ben's real-world guidance grounded in experience. From his career as an Army pilot and attorney to his leadership at the Department of Justice, Ben has extensive experience supporting the development of leaders and frontline team members.

Meet Sherri

Sherri is a dedicated leader who quickly builds trust with her clients. She supports leaders in becoming more effective both personally and professionally.

Sherri brings a range of diverse experiences to her coaching work, including success as an executive and strategic human resource professional. She has worked in both the for-profit and nonprofit sectors. Clients appreciate her guidance and insightful perspective.

Meet David

David is a joyful leader who inspires his clients to value new ways of thinking, leading, and contributing. He supports leaders in discovering their strengths and realizing growth opportunities.

David brings firsthand experiences of leadership to each coaching engagement. He has led results in early-stage startups and more mature, multinational companies. Clients value his flexible, action-oriented style and thought partnership.

Meet Carrie

Carrie is a curious and supportive coach who helps her clients access their deepest resources to achieve their most important priorities.

She works with purpose-driven leaders and teams at all levels to expand their growing edges, attune to inner resources, create safe and productive relationships, and manage complexity. Clients appreciate her warmth and heart, incisive observations, and centered presence.

Meet Steve

Steve is an experienced coach who supports leaders in developing high-performing organizations and achieving personal and professional excellence. He consistently guides clients in successfully navigating challenges and opportunities.

Steve’s leadership experience in dynamic settings is highly valued by clients across diverse sectors. Leaders value his approachable nature, firsthand knowledge, willingness to actively support results, and ability to guide the building of strong teams.

Meet Anne

Anne is a joyful, learned coach who values supporting leaders in achieving breakthrough success.

She has developed and launched new products, led organizational transformations, and coached leadership teams through change in the healthcare, technology, digital content, and services sectors. Clients appreciate her ability to connect, clarify, and guide their development journeys.

Meet Cara

Cara is a dynamic thought leader who cares deeply about supporting her clients. An expert in strengthening systems, Cara helps leaders build effective relationships.

Her global experience and leadership as a public health officer, leader, and clinician allow her to connect easily with clients seeking to elevate their leadership capabilities. Clients appreciate her curiosity, support, and valuable wisdom.

Meet Sue

Sue is an engaging, supportive advisor passionate about coaching leaders and teams. She believes leadership development unlocks potential.

As an Army officer, strategy advisor, and consultant, she has led teams at all levels and has unique crisis management expertise earned through service in conflict zones and on the frontlines of the U.S.’s pandemic response. Clients appreciate her real-world experience and positive style.

Meet Elizabeth

Elizabeth is an engaging thought partner who values supporting professionals with their development and career success.

She has led multinational engagement as a content creator, human resources professional, and social entrepreneur. She enjoys coaching the “whole leader,” including emotional intelligence, somatic experience, resiliency, and vision-casting, all in service of increased leadership effectiveness. Clients appreciate her inquisitive mind and warm personality.

Meet Jamie

Jamie is a strategic leader dedicated to coaching success through the journey of learning, exploration, and application of best practices.

She brings her energy and experience leading teams across the organization to achieve a long-term vision while balancing innovation, risks, and current objectives. Her clients appreciate her motivation to partner with them to clarify their paths for development and performance.

Meet Dane

Dane is a supportive leader who creates comfortable learning environments that allow his clients to accelerate growth and development.

Having led as an Air Force officer, pilot, and entrepreneur, he has a diverse history of working globally in the aerospace, government, military, and non-profit industries. Dane is passionate about results-driven, values-focused leadership. Clients appreciate his helpful and engaging demeanor.

Meet Jen

Jen is a trusted leadership expert who brings approachability and insight to help clients navigate leadership challenges and elevate team dynamics.

Her passion for fostering self-awareness, growth, and personal development resonates with leaders at all levels. Her experience across private, public, and non-profit sectors, coupled with her numerous certifications for a variety of leader and organizational assessments, allow her to bring valuable viewpoints to each client engagement.

Meet Steve

Steve is an energetic and creative leader who is passionate about coaching individuals to success at pivotal points in their careers.

He brings his perspective as a leader of large-scale teams and advisor to clients across multiple sectors and geographies to each engagement. Steve is a compassionate coach who has achieved results and revenue growth consistently as a leader. Clients value his open, warm style and his challenge to action.

Meet Sheena

Sheena is a caring, talented coach committed to supporting and empowering professionals to lead authentically.

She has led large teams to drive a diverse set of impactful solutions for public and private sector organizations and is recognized for her ability to collaboratively partner with leaders to create transformation. Clients value her insights and innovative thought partnership.

Meet Wencke

Wencke is a compassionate, imaginative coach whose positive energy is contagious. She inspires her clients to elevate their impact and results.

She partners with leaders at all levels to clarify and implement their vision. A well-published historian of the transatlantic world who has taught in Europe and in the US, she has a knack for untangling complex issues. Clients appreciate her trust in their capabilities and her enthusiasm for their opportunities.

Meet Sonita

Sonita Reese is an engaging and supportive coach who empowers her clients to focus, grow, and navigate the business and human challenges of leadership.

Her global background and cross-sectoral experience allow her to connect quickly with leaders to help them bring their vision to life, build healthy cultures, and bolster team engagement and well-being. Clients value her practical wisdom, insightful guidance, and diverse perspectives.

Meet Kathleen

Kathleen is an insightful, action-oriented coach who helps clients solve their most pressing challenges by applying their unique talents to creative solutions.

Her positive energy is inspiring. Kathleen excels at helping goal-driven individuals develop leadership confidence by understanding their purpose and maximizing their strengths. Clients appreciate her long-term perspective coupled with near-term actionability which leads to greater impact.

Meet Surabhi

Surabhi Chatterjee is a talented, accomplished leader who cares deeply about supporting leaders' success at all levels.

Having led in both public and private organizations, she brings diverse experiences in workforce development to her work. Clients enjoy her positive spirit and intuitive approach to coaching.

Make the Choice that Leads to Results

We don’t want your top talent to waste one more day giving their best but not achieving the results that matter most. Enroll your talented colleagues in Year to Rise for a powerful, lasting leadership development experience.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • What type of results does leadership coaching deliver?
  • How is leadership coaching different than executive coaching?
  • What’s the time commitment for a program participant?
  • How can I tell if coaching is “working?”
  • Is the start date flexible?
  • How do key stakeholders participate in the coaching program?
  • How is this program different from other programs?
  • Do you use assessments and 360s as part of Year to Rise?
  • How do I know a Lead Star coach will be a good fit for my team members?
  • Will coaching program participants be judged or evaluated?
  • Does coaching really work?
  • What if my team members say they’re too busy for coaching?
  • What could go wrong?
  • Who is coaching not a good fit for?
  • Lead Star coaches are successful, yet are they relatable?
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