Kelly Meerbott executive coach

Meet Kelly Meerbott, Leadership Coach, Speaker, Facilitator for YOU: Loud & Clear, Inc.

Forbes Coaches Council is an invitation-only organization for successful leading business and career coaches. In this spotlight series, we profile our incredible members and share their advice with you. This week: Kelly Meerbott.

Kelly Meerbott has been in the coaching business for nearly two decades. She works with C-suite executives to develop a plan of action to get them where they want to be. In addition, she designs and facilitates top-rated leadership development programs, which include 360° feedback and individual coaching.

She earned her BA in English literature from the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, MA. and studied art history and Italian in Florence, Italy. She has 175 hours of coach training from Sapien Harbor Coaching Academy and has completed 7,500+ executive coaching hours with 150+ individual and corporate clients.

Kelly-MeerbottWhat inspired you to become a coach?

I was let go from my corporate job in 2009. I was fortunate to have a severance package and unemployment that I used to hire a business coach for myself because I knew it was time for a change. Charrise McCrorey gave me so many gifts that I wanted to make it my life’s work to pass those gifts along to others. I found through my own journey that being an executive leadership coach is what I was born to do.

What one piece of advice do you find yourself relying on most? Why?

Gandhi said: “You must be the change you wish to see in the world.”

This is the core value that guides my life and business. For me, true change exists within each of us. As leaders, we must model the way for others. Only when we shift our mindsets to one of accountability, integrity and commitment will the world around us begin to change.

What is the biggest hurdle your clients face? What advice would you give others struggling with this issue?

What I see as the biggest hurdle that my client’s face initially is being impeccable with their word. We live in a noisy world of conflicting messages that can confuse even the strongest leader. It’s important to know who you are, what you stand for, and what your guiding principles are. Standing firm and not compromising on your values creates a strong foundation and gives my clients the courage to do what they say they’re going to do 100% of the time.

I do not give advice. I share information and leverage my experiences to help others. To those who are struggling, I say, in my experience: “Be impeccable with your word,” and you will see your world profoundly and positively impacted.

This article originally appeared on Forbes.

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