Let’s start with the formalities:
I’m Sheppard Lake – I help develop leaders and organizations that want to build a better future for themselves, their employees, their clients and their communities. I’m a leadership and organizational development consultant and coach with over 20 years of experience. I’ve worked with everyone from solopreneurs to executives in multi-national companies. I walk my talk – I love learning and developing myself as much as others. In fact, I have a lot of credentials: MSc in Organizational and Social Psychology from The London School of Economics, Master Certified Coach and Master Facilitator of Equus Coaching™, to name a few. My clients say I’m an excellent facilitator and a transformational coach.
But let me share my deeper philosophies:
I believe leadership is more about being than doing. And it’s not limited to people who lead other people or organizations. We are all leaders of our own experience in work and life – and how we influence the world around us. I call myself a catalyst for self-discovery because I also believe that clients are most effective when they truly know themselves and can consistently show up authentically as opposed to how they think everyone else wants them to be. I am a firm believer that it is in our vulnerability that we show strength. Not the “bare your soul” kind of vulnerability—the kind where you’re willing to own your mistakes and the fact that sometimes you really don’t know what you’re doing.
On a more personal note, I think nature and wildlife (especially the work I do with horses!) have a lot to share with us about living and leading. Africa has my heart these days, so I take an annual pilgrimage there. Keep an eye on this website – I’ll be adding international retreats here in the future.