Joanna Young

Mst (Cantab)
MBA
Cert Ed
MBTI practitioner OPP
Certificate in Coaching ICF

I am passionate about personal growth and achieving potential.  I love working with individuals and groups to unleash their potential and enable them to fly.  I live what I beleive and am a work in progress, continuing to explore and learn.  To that end I invest in my own development by being coached, having a coach supervisor to continually improve my coaching practice, attending relevant courses and through reading and reflecting. 

As someone who felt she was not really heard or seen I spent much of my early life and career pushing to be heard and not understanding why I wasn't. 

There are of course many reasons why our voice may be lost in the home, workplace, family or even among friends. When I learnt to hear myself I identified what I wanted, how to get there and moved forward to achieve so much more, and do so happily.  

Having had a successful career in demanding and high profile roles I understand the pressures on leaders, organisations and individuals and how our self identity can get lost. As a mother of three, I also know the challenges in balancing career and family life and the conflicts this can cause. 

This is why we take the time to listen and understand you as an individual, and where relevant as a team or group, so that together we can select the right tools and strategies that will work for you. We are all different and one size does not fit all. 

Why Wildgeese Leadership? I founded Wildgeese Leadership in 2014, based on 30 years experience in complex and challenging environments and an absolute belief in the power of guided self discovery.  

In the late 1990s I first heard about the power of geese flying in the V formation and how, by doing so, they increased their range by over 70%. This is sometimes cited as a great example of teamwork, yet the more I learnt about geese, the more I saw it as a compelling example of leadership, resilience, maximising potential and more. Hence Wildgeese Leadership.   Read more about geese here

As a senior leader working with partner agencies I noticed that my organisation was often expected to take the lead even when we didn't have the most expertise. This reduced our effectiveness as leaders, a team and individuals. When I shared what I had learnt about geese, we adopted the approach, becoming significantly more efficient and effective, and we enjoyed work more!

Over the years I have designed and delivered a wide range of development programmes and bespoke events. Delivery ranges in time from 60-minute sessions to a 12-month programme and participants range from young people starting out on their careers to senior leaders and academics. I have presented on leadership and diversity at national and international conferences and helped shape cultural change in these areas.

 Based in Kent, in the South East of England, I provide coaching, workshops and training across the United Kingdom.