Henna’s goal of helping others to become stronger leaders is evident in her executive coaching. Her intuitive nature helps her quickly get right to the heart of what development is needed for each person while working to enhance existing skills and talents, and enriching their global mindset. She has successfully coached members of my team, producing immediate and long-term results
Henna was a great coach to one of my high performing executives. She quickly developed a sense for how to relate to this individual and where the high impact learning edges were. Together Henna and my executive accomplished a great deal. I would not hesitate to call Henna again. She was great!
W.E. “Chris” Lowe, President Coca-Cola North America
Henna helps C-level executives like myself be more effective and productive leaders by getting us to tap into our strengths and directing that self-realization to all facets of our professional and personal lives. In living to our full potential as well rounded individuals we then can bring out the best in our teams. I will recommend Henna without reservation given the very concrete and specific results I have witnessed and experienced.
JuE Wong – President, Elizabeth Arden
“Henna joined us for a dynamic event at AARP and spoke about demonstrating leadership in changing times. She was highly engaging and dynamic, and simplified leadership challenges into more approachable and consumable content. Her presentation was “spot-on”. Henna’s seven practices that inspire leaders to action was inspirational and very beneficial to attendees.
Terry Bradwell – Executive Vice President and Chief Enterprise Strategy and Innovation Office, AARP
I had the privilege to attend a Women’s Leadership Forum presented by the Rochester Business Journal in Rochester, NY. The keynote speaker was Henna Inam. Henna engaged the audience of over 600 women right away with her enthusiastic being and radiant spirit.
I instantly knew I was in for a treat. The first question she asked was “Who in here feels they are an authentic leader? Please raise your hand!” As I was ready to raise my hand with fervor, I suddenly refrained. I have been walking a path of authentic leadership my whole life. For years I have formally studied and applied strategic leadership to my personal and professional endeavors. So why did I hesitate raising my hand in a room full of strangers? I unexpectedly felt my true authenticity fade because of my fear of what people would think of me. Not the 600 people in the audience, but the table of eight professional women I was sitting with. They were colleagues of mine and I became intimidated. My inner voice was startled and asked, “What happened? Why didn’t you raise your hand?” Would they think I was too proud? Would they disagree with my self-professed authenticity? Did I really want to expose my personal feelings in a public setting?
Henna had reached me in the first two minutes of what would turn out to be an incredible and inspiring message. In that moment of self-reflection, I knew I was in the right place at the right time, but had a lot more work to do. I whipped out my smartphone, took a photo of the audience in a “power pose” from Amy Cuddy that Henna had us practice, and purchased Wired for Authenticity with one-click! Thank you, Henna!
Lauren Kolb, VP Business Development Officer, Genesee Valley Trust Company
Henna – I wanted follow up with you on the progress and growth I continue to see in the leader you coached on my team. Over that past several months she has continued to “Let Go” of the things that held her back and embrace her “Authentic” self. It is one thing to have coaching and see initial improvement. It is another to see it as a seed that continues to grow. I appreciate all you have done to help her in becoming a stronger leader.
Gary Suter – SVP Purchasing, AMC Theatres
I started working with Henna when I became President of a company in need of a turnaround. In my first few weeks, business issues had to be addressed first and foremost and goals had to be prioritized. Henna was able to help me understand which goals more urgently needed to be addressed. She also gave me a sense of “permission” to work on other more personal areas even in the midst of the first 90 days of a new job and to realize how working on those areas could be, and would be, beneficial to my productivity in the new role. As a result of our coaching together I was able to be fully energized to manage the multiple competing priorities I was working on and be both productive and balanced through this first 90 days.
Henna brings several strengths to the coaching sessions:
- She is an experienced business executive who understands what it takes to drive a business and what it takes to lead a team
- She has a calming effect, which makes one open up and freely share thoughts and feelings in a safe and non-judgmental atmosphere
- Her listening and questioning skills are especially strong. Her life experiences, both professionally and personally, add tremendous depth and credibility to her work.
President of Food Company
I started my sessions with Henna more than a year ago. The reason why I started coaching is that I got promoted at work and for the first time I had to manage a sales team and recruit people. I wanted someone to give me direction, to coach me on how to become a good leader as I had experienced a lot of average managers and did not want to repeat this with my team. I knew no one in the organisation will have the time to coach me and I was scared I would fail.
I thought coaching was going to be more about techniques on how to manage situations, people, etc. I did not expect to learn so much about myself as I did. I did not expect to learn that the best way to lead a team is to be your authentic self and that I would go on a self -discovery journey. Every session with Henna was an awakening and left me reflecting for weeks. We worked with an agenda, I usually prepared a sheet with the objectives for the session and wrote what success looked like to me at the end of the session.
I was surprised on how quickly Henna picked up on things we discussed and how she helped me unveil the real issue. I learned how to see things through different perspectives, how to understand the assumptions we make that might condition our interactions with others (without us realizing this), how to have real and authentic conversations, how to solve conflict, how to motivate, how to create a team culture where everyone engages. And we did all of this and more while having a lot of fun!
Before coaching I was not comfortable with who I was. I thought that in the corporate world you need to be ruthless, tough, confident, take what you want and play a lot of politics. This was definetely not who I was. So I thought I had no chance and that I would fail. To my surprise coaching opened up a new world. I suddenly felt comfortable with being my authentic self and adapting to situations and challenges when I had to. The result was that my team was the top performer of the year, they were very successful and therefore so was I. Nothing seemed a struggle for us as a team, we created this culture where every downfall became an opportunity.We got a lot of praise and I received the highest performance rating you could get – not only in terms of performance but also in terms of the values I demonstrated while achieving targets. And that was something very important to me because respect, caring, helping others to grow and love are part of my personal brand (something else I discovered with Henna).
So yes I have learned a lot and will continue my journey. I encourage everyone to embark on a self-discovery and authentic self trip, you will not be disappointed. What does success looks like to me? It is being able to go to bed each night with your soul at peace. (Paulo Coelho).
Magdalena Lezama – International Manager – HSBC Bank – Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Henna has not only transformed my career as my Executive Coach but the insight and skills she teaches has added significant value to my personal life as well. Her business acumen and global experience as a business executive enables her to quickly understand the full leadership opportunities that are in all of us. She does an excellent job of teaching through reflective and insightful questions so that each conversation you walk away feeling like a new paradigm of thinking has been opened, leading to stronger growth in Executive Leadership.
Strong collaboration with Henna will ensure that you have the Executive skills to lead yourself, your division or your company to its full potential.
Stefanie Miller, Group Vice President Strategic Partnership Marketing, The Coca-Cola Company
“Henna Inam is a dynamic and very engaging speaker. Her Book “Wired for Authenticity” is a primer for bringing forward your natural leadership qualities. Henna spoke at our Women’s Leadership Conference in Baltimore this month – and I am confident that everyone in the audience took something home with them from Henna’s talk. Henna delivers her ideas in the context of stories. Inspiring at the least – transformative for many!”
Betsy Collie, World Trade Center Institute