So, who is Jean Johnson?
I’m a student of doing things well and how that happens. I laugh easily, and I love people who are down-to-earth like me.
I’ve always been fascinated by people who find something that matters enough to them that they keep improving and learning and growing to practice their craft well – whether it’s car repair, playing an instrument, teaching or leading. Making it look easy is not so easy!
I’ve been in my share of roles where the person leading wasn’t able to help me bring my best self to my job and I’ve been fortunate to be in roles where I was empowered to succeed. I like the second situation much better. My belief is that people want to be good leaders, they just don’t always understand how, which leads to unnecessary frustration and lost productivity for all involved.
When people can find the place where they are doing the work that matters to them and do it well – well, watch out! My delight is being the best coach I can be, to help others become the best leader they can be, whether it’s leading hundreds of others, or leading the best life they can.
How did you get into coaching?
All my jobs have been satisfying and fun in one way or another. The last job I had was a great job, but something was stirring. I didn’t feel as though I was being “seen” in my role. I loved my clients and they loved me, but I knew it was time for something different.
I began to ask people who knew me what they would suggest as a next step and one person said, “You’re a great listener who helps people sort out what’s happening in their lives. You should be a coach.” As I was hearing those words, I knew that’s what I wanted to do. So, I attended the Leadership Coaching program at Georgetown University, an outstanding program that had a profound impact on my life as well as my work.
I started my coaching business as soon as I completed my training in 2008 and have always been grateful for the sage advice that helped me find the work that is meaningful for me.
Why do you like coaching?
Making a positive difference in people’s lives is a deep honor for me that I never take for granted. I am incredibly lucky to get to do what I love for a living.
What do you mean when you say you’re a credentialed coach?
A credentialed coach is one who received their training in a program approved by the International Coach Federation (ICF), abides by a code of Conduct and engages in approved ongoing professional learning.
In addition to going through the Leadership Coaching Program at Georgetown University, I’ve attended additional coach training and have received certifications from the prestigious Strozzi institute, Presence-Based® Coaching, and Leadership Embodiment International. I’m also certified to administer the Myers-Briggs type indicator and ESCI Emotional Intelligence 360 tools.
While many people “coach” others by mentoring or counseling or even just advising, professional coaching utilizes a trained approach that requires the coach to be disciplined and skilled in helping the client uncover their own innate wisdom to stretch into new awareness, behaviors and skills.
What makes you a great coach?
I am completely committed to my clients’ success. I’m an avid learner when it comes to anything related to coaching. I take my profession (but not myself!) very seriously.
What do you do when you’re not coaching?
I read, bicycle and walk the dogs around the lakes near our house, spend time with my family, and take road trips.