Yvonne McLean

Yvonne McLean

Yvonne is a formally trained and sought after ICF credentialed Executive Coach and leadership development specialist. Her objective as a coach is to allow her clients space to explore and grow. Her focus is on guiding each person towards achieving their successful outcomes.

Yvonne’s proudest achievement was the development of the New Zealand Global Women in Leadership Breakthrough Leaders’ Programme, for which she was the founding Programme Director from 2010 – 2013.
Clients regularly report on transformation of their leadership style and approach, and increased confidence and self-belief that will lead to sustainable high performance results.

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Yvonne coaches in English and German.  She also speaks proficient French, and elementary Spanish and Portuguese.

Specialist Areas

Leadership generally, especially women in leadership; Building self-confidence, Negotiation Skills, Performance Management, Conflict Management, Coaching Skills, Communication Skills for Managers, and Emotional Intelligence .

Corporate Experience

Yvonne was a lawyer in private practice for over 10 years and headed up the legal group for the subsidiary of a leading IT company for 8 years.

She combines her previous experience as a lawyer in private practice and a senior executive in corporate to work with senior business leaders and professionals across the globe, especially in New Zealand, Asia and further afield.

Yvonne works primarily with people in leadership positions (individuals and some teams) as an external leadership coach, team coach and facilitator.   She was the founding Programme Director for the NZ Global Women, Women in Leadership Initiative, and was responsible for developing its original highly successful Breakthrough Leaders’ Programme.  She has since developed and led successful women in leadership and general leadership programmes for corporate and public-sector clients.  She also works with leaders in many organisations to develop their emotional intelligence and coaching capability.

Her support for the success of women business leaders extends to being the NZ Chapter Chair of the New York based Women Presidents’ Organization – see www.womenpresidentsorg.com.


2014 -  Professional Certified Coach (ICF) 2005 to present -  Member of International Coach Federation (ICF)

2017 In the process of completing accreditation as a Leadership Circle Practitioner Training as a Coaching Supervisor – with the Forton Group 2016 Licensed Facilitator:  Tara Mohr – Playing Big Completed Brené Brown -  Daring Greatly Programme 2015 (July) Accredited GENOS Emotional Intelligence Practitioner 2014 (March) mBit Coach Training certification 2013 (November) Attending the FORTON Group COACH’s WAY Programme and preparing for application for ICF PCC Credential 2011 Completion of the FORTON Group DEVELOPING and ADVANCED Leadership Coaching Programmes 2010 Licensed Facilitator of the FORTON Group IGNITE Leadership Coaching Programme 2009 Licensed Facilitator of the Coach U Essential Conversations for Developing Others 2007 Licensed Facilitator of the Coach U Coaching Clinic ® Graduate -  Core Essentials Coach Training with Coach U/Coach Inc 2006 Certified Professional Behaviour Analyst, using the DISC Assessment tool 2005 Certified NLP Practitioner, certified by the NLPTRB Mid 1990s Trained in mediation by LEADR (Australia) 1991 Admitted to the New Zealand Bar as Barrister & Solicitor 1984 Admitted as a Solicitor of the Supreme Court of England & Wales 1980 - 82 College of Law, London : Common Professional Exam   (to convert Arts Degree to Law Degree equivalent) and Solicitor’s Final Exams

1976 – 1980 University of Oxford, England :  BA Hons in Modern Languages