Elaine Herdman-Barker is dedicated to helping individuals liberate their leadership skills by unlocking untapped potential and developing their leadership capabilities and strategic thinking skills. Her passion is in supporting high potential leaders to realise their talent. She approaches coaching, group facilitation and leadership development programmes from the position that individuals have an inexhaustible resource from which to build their leadership capacity. Her fundamental aim is to uphold the talents of the person and to bring forward their unique style while facilitating a match with the goals of the organisation.
Elaine’s consulting and coaching practice is worldwide and her sector experience reaches across industrial (utilities, oil and gas; motor manufacturing), financial services, high technology/IT, life sciences (heath; pharmaceutical), and public sector (universities; governments). Her international experience, across a range of sectors, means that she has witnessed, and been part of systemic interventions that encourage people, individually and in groups, to find their breadth of view – in terms of developing their inner strength as well as their capacity to take a strategic-systems view.
Elaine is a leading world authority on assessing and profiling action logics/leadership paradigms and supports consultants and organisations to apply this practice to transform leadership effectiveness. She continues to be actively engaged in international research on how best to support high potential leaders, building on years of ongoing research with Professor Bill Torbert.
Elaine holds an MSC in Psychology from Reading University and a B.A. in History and Classical Studies from Cardiff University. She researched Life Span and Adult Development for more than three years at Birkbeck, University of London.