We’re thrilled to have co-founder of P&P Coaching, Helen Letchfield, join our panel for Leading Authentically, C&C’s International Women’s Day event. Helen specialises in career, performance and maternity coaching and is passionate about supporting “coaches” to gain the best possible work/family balance.

We caught up with her ahead of the event:

Helen Letchfield, P&P Coaching

What does authentic leadership mean to you?

It means leading with your heart.  This enables you to be yourself and allows you to showcase your true strengths and passions.  You can stick to your principles so you are consistent in your behaviour and your messaging.

 

How is your organisation fostering a culture of diversity?

When we first started out 10 years ago, all our clients wanted ‘maternity coaching’.  We have worked with them to change their cultures – we now coach dads through the parental transition too.  We have worked with managers to enable them to think about flexibility for everyone – not just ‘new mums’.

 

In your experience, what are the challenges you see facing female leaders today?

Firstly, outdated, traditional corporate cultures based on number of hours worked. Second, feeling the need to be perfect in everything you do is a trait I see most commonly among senior and ambitious women.  It can be crippling.  Learning to let go of the desire to be perfect and trust you can do the job based on your experience and on your merits.

 

And what’s the leadership lesson you’d share?

I used to have a tendency to be a people-pleaser, even in a leadership capacity.  Now I stick to the very simple principle of being kind to the person but tough on the task.

 

How do you define success?

Having a job that makes you happy.

 

For more information on this event please get in touch with Sophie: sophie@candcsearch.co.uk