Strengths-based leadership coaching and training that delivers results

Expand your leadership influence, develop engaged teams, and deliver excellent results.

Do you ever feel stuck?

Is your lack of confidence undermining your abilities as a leader? Do you have team members with leadership potential, but you’re not sure how to help them grow? 

It can be so frustrating when you fell like something is holding you back, but you don’t know how to shift it.

It doesn’t have to be this way!

If you want to get unstuck, let’s talk! I work with leaders and teams to tap into their strengths, build their confidence, and fulfil their potential. Together we identify the keys to unlock your individual and team performance, develop high levels of engagement, and produce consistent, excellent results.

Hi I'm Daria
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I understand the struggle and juggle that comes with leadership and management roles – I’ve experienced it for myself.

I was constantly striving to be a better leader, but I got stuck focusing on my weaknesses. And I burned myself out, every single time.

Then I learned to work smarter by focusing on my strengths. Instead of trying to have all the great ideas, I used my listening strength to draw out the ideas of those around me, and unlocked greater energy, engagement and achievement for myself and others.

Because I’ve seen for myself the difference that this shift can make,  I now want to share it with you.

Leadership coaching

Strengths-based, solutions-focused sessions that give you practical tools and techniques to address challenges and make the most of your opportunities.

Coaching is an engaging and powerful way to boost morale, engagement and performance.

Programmes are designed to suit your needs, covering a variety of topics, e.g.:

  • mindset
  • positive leadership behaviours
  • communication
  • emotional intelligence
  • goal-setting 
  • planning for success
  • skills, tactics and strategies that enhance your leadership effectiveness.

Workshop facilitation

Attendees reflect, learn, and grow in an open, supportive, interactive, and fun learning environment.

Workshops are tailored to meet your requirements and fit your schedule, from hour-long seminars to full-day workshops. They can be designed for audiences ranging from executive leaders to front-line staff, and for single teams or a cross-functional group.

Popular topics include:

  • teamwork
  • strengths-based collaboration
  • emotional intelligence
  • communication
  • leadership skills
  • continuous improvement

Team development

Team-based development is a cost-effective approach to transformation. 

Teams learn together, then support one another to put learnings into practice.

Team development involves a blend of training, workshops and coaching.

Once of the most powerful approaches to team-based development is centred on continuous improvement. This way of thinking and working emphasises:

  • applying each person’s strengths to their work
  • defining and solving problems at root cause
  • identifying opportunities to work smarter and produce better results
  • collaborating as a team to do great work

I’d love to talk with you about your goals and how I can support you.

The coaching session was a wonderful experience. I felt like I had plenty of time to consider Daria’s questions and respond in my own way. Her rephrasing and observations made me feel that she was really listening and seeking to understand with curiosity. Daria is well-equipped to help her clients develop and grow.
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Carley Nicholson
General Manager

Ready to get started?

  1. Book your call
  2. Start your development journey
  3. Experience increased confidence, engagement, and achievement


As leaders, we often learn what works by trial and error.


Leadership and team development, whether through coaching, workshops, or a combination, will accelerate your learning and growth.


You'll learn about common mistakes, how to avoid them, and how to pick yourself up quickly when things don't quite go to plan.


And you'll have the opportunity to learn and practice the tools, techniques, and strategies before applying them in the "real world".

Leadership and team development require an investment of time and money, so it's only natural that you'd want a return on your investment.


Stronger leaders and more engaged teams are linked to higher employee engagement, greater productivity, lower turnover, reduced stress, better morale, and higher customer satisfaction ratings.


The results you get will be linked to the type of programme you select, and the areas of focus you choose. I use evidence-based techniques to ensure that you get the best "bang for your buck".


And I teach you how to embed improvements so that you continue to reap the benefits, long after we finish working together.

It's quite normal for people within a team to have varying levels of interest or enthusiasm about training and development. Rest assured that this won't derail your investment.


Before we get started, I'll make time to learn about your team members, and discuss any concerns that you might have.


Once we're underway, I'll ensure that everyone is included and has the opportunity to engage with the programme in a way that makes sense to them.


Even the most reluctant participant usually warms up once they have had a chance to get comfortable with the presenter, programme, and their fellow participants.

The time required for leadership and team development depend on your needs, goals, and resources.


I tailor all of my sessions and programmes to ensure that you get useful, practical tools, techniques and strategies that you can start to apply right away.


Having a supportive environment outside of coaching sessions and workshops is the best way to see results fast. That means participants having a chance to practice their new skills and receive helpful feedback to hone their approach.

Whether I'm coaching individuals, facilitating workshops, or supporting teams, my approach is based on positive psychology principles such as building grit and resilience, enhancing wellbeing, discovering and applying personal strengths, and developing a growth mindset.


I work with my clients to identify what is working well, and how they can spread that magic to other areas of their life and work (also known as 'appreciative inquiry').


And I teach my clients how to recognise and use their own strengths, and spot the strengths of others, to maximise their chances of success.

My methods

As an independent coach and trainer, I use the tools and approaches that best serve my clients, rather than being “locked into” specific methods. I offer programmes that help you make the most of your strengths. And I work hard to understand your unique needs so I can tailor our work to get you the results you dream of.

I’m based in beautiful Tāmaki Makaurau/Auckland, Aotearoa/New Zealand. I work with clients locally and around the world, both face-to-face and online.

Start your strengths journey today

I’d love to help you make positive, strengths-based changes so that you have all the energy and motivation you need to achieve your goals and dreams.

I believe in practical solutions that meet you where you are at, and give you a clear pathway to achieving your goals and dreams.

You’ll be supported throughout your journey with coaching, accountability, and access to my expertise in applying strengths to every area of your life.

I offer a complimentary session to talk about what you want to achieve and how I can help. 

Let's connect!

I love connecting with people to exchange insights, wisdom and knowledge. I’d love to connect with you via LinkedIn. Or you can follow my LinkedIn or Facebook pages. I write on Medium and also occasionally pop up on Instagram.

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