Inspiring Great Leaders Podcast #209 Karen Stein  Be Your Own Leadership Coach

Inspiring Great Leaders Podcast #209 Karen Stein  Be Your Own Leadership Coach

Be Your Own Leadership Coach

On this episode of the Inspiring Great Leaders Podcast, Craig Johns speaks with Karen Stein about being your own leadership coach, knowing when you need a coach or a mentor, and why coaching can help oneself and an organisation as a whole. 

We also dive deeper into the power of self-coaching, effective ways of self coaching through self awareness and self reflection, and creating a personal board of directors that can guide, nurture and mentor you.

Karen Stein  – Be Your Own Leadership Coach

Karen Stein is an Executive Coach and Partner at Deloitte Australia, specialist in positive psychology, and the author of Be Your Own Leadership Coach. She has a Master of Science in Coaching Psychology and Master of Laws from the University of Sydney, and a Bachelor of Economics from Macquarie University.

She has over 32 years of experience in the professional services industry, including an impressive 23-year tenure as a Partner at Deloitte Australia and R&D Taxes Advisor at Michael Johnson Associates. Her passion also extends beyond the corporate world, generously volunteering her coaching skills to clients of Dress for Success, International Coaching Federation, Expert Author Community and Bambuddha Group. 

Karen talks about:

  • Dream of being family lawyer
  • Having a love of learning, most especially with coaching psychology
  • The differences between coaching and mentoring 
  • How agitators can affect learning
  • The role of organisations in giving people opportunities for their career
  • Going into leadership roles 
  • Feedback loops
  • Creating opportunities for people to be coached inside an organisation
  • The art of self-coaching
  • Practices you can use for self-coaching
  • Identifying areas of leadership that need improvement 
  • Avoiding bias
  • How we can cope and learn when we observe ourselves
  • Factors to consider in selecting the Board of Directors


“That’s the beauty of it and how interesting it is to know more about yourself, what you’re capable of, what you’re thinking, where your thinking comes from, how you shape ideas and thoughts, or how you’re limited in your understanding and knowledge on particular issues.” Learning about oneself by Karen Stein on the Inspiring Great Leaders Podcast.

“When we’re actually giving people an opportunity, I think we need to be supporting them with that opportunity.” Karen Stein talks about the organisation’s role in giving opportunities on the Inspiring Great Leaders Podcast.

“No one ever achieves anything successful on their own” Karen Stein shares insights about feedback loops on the Inspiring Great Leaders Podcast.

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Be Your Own Leadership Coach