Chris Coffey

Executive Coaching, Leadership Development, and Keynote Speaker

"I only get paid if positive, measurable change occurs. Neither the person being coached nor the coach determines improvement. The degree of improvement is determined by the stakeholders/raters on the two mini surveys over the course of the engagement.

I help successful leaders get even better by developing themselves, their people and their teams."


Chris started his career teaching Situational Leadership for Paul Hersey at the Center of Leadership Studies in the early 1980s. He later worked with the consulting firm of Keilty, Goldsmith, Boone and did leadership training at IBM, Warner Lambert, Coke, McKinsey and Company, MetLife and GE.

For over 30 years, Chris has been in the leadership development world and has worked with and coached hundreds of key leaders and successful individuals – helping them develop the leadership to become even more effective. Chris’s coaching style is direct and well-defined around the Stakeholder Centered Coaching Process he co-developed with Frank Wagner and Marshall Goldsmith.

Chris has coached leaders in Fortune 100, 500, 1000 companies, as well as those in startups and non-profits. The common denominator for all the individuals with whom Chris has worked is that they are all successful, high-potential leaders whose organizations want to accelerate their development by having them work closely with a seasoned, dynamic, and effective executive coach.


B.S. Marketing and minor in Philosophy from Fairfield University, an East Coast Jesuit university


Chris was on the faculty of UCLA’s Technical Management Program for 20 years, where he led workshops with top scientists, and he is an instructor at the Yale Executive Education Program. In addition, Chris teaches the “Employee Engagement: The Manager as Coach” workshop for the Conference Board and he has taught management and leadership courses at Gonzaga University in Florence, Italy.

Chris co-developed the "Goldsmith: Stakeholder Centered Coaching” and “Employee Engagement: The Manager as Coach” workshops.

Chris’s most recent book with David Lam is The New IQ, How to lead Up, Down, and Across . In addition, Chris is a principle author of The Coach’s Playbook; The Leader as Coach Playbook; and The Leader’s Guide to Encouraging Development. He also co-authored the interactive CD series “Secrets of a Leadership Coach” with Dr. Daniel Farb and Marshall Goldsmith.


Chris’s executive coaching and coaching workshop clients include:

  • Aerospace Corp
  • Amgen, Agilent Technologies
  • Berlex
  • Bonanza Creek Energy Company
  • Children Health Council
  • Cisco Systems
  • DirecTV
  • Heineken
  • Hilton Grand Vacations
  • Intervoice
  • KPMG
  • McKesson
  • Microsoft
  • Phillips 66
  • Prudential Insurance
  • Progressive Insurance (coaching workshop)
  • Scantron
  • State Farm Insurance (coaching workshop)
  • Thomson Reuters
  • Texas Instrument
  • Union Rescue Mission LA
  • United Therapeutics.


"I help successful leaders get even better by developing themselves, their people and their teams." - Chris Coffey



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