“Life is about the contribution we make while we’re here. In order to contribute at our best, we have to do the inner work that surfaces when we start to see that our sharp edges aren’t working as well as they used to.”
Linda Bidlack believes that leaders “create the weather within which everyone else works.” She has experienced the leader’s dilemmas firsthand — when to push, when to help, when to be quiet, and how to learn to be yourself in a way that is effective for the context. To Linda, coaching gives clients the chance to update old thought habits, bringing renewed energy: “It’s like bringing fresh air and water to a plant that is parched.”
With her study of recent neuroscience, Linda has seen the evidence of just how jumpy and overwhelmed our nervous systems are in the modern workplace. She helps clients to track their own thinking and behavior long enough to pinpoint and untangle the habits we all develop early in life to pursue success. These habits are working all the time in the background, shaping what clients see and don’t see. And they can get badly outdated. Once clients become aware of these, they can make fresh choices about how to progress toward important goals, learning to self-correct and strengthen their resilience along the way.
- 10 years of experience in the field of leadership coaching
- International Coach Federation Professional Certified Coach (PCC)
- Prior to coaching, 25 years of experience in leadership, organization, and career development in aerospace and consulting for mission-driven organizations
- Passion for coaching leaders in the midst of change, using adversity as a living laboratory for experimenting with how to do their best work in a way that’s sustainable.
- Works with clients on topics including resilient leadership, emotional intelligence, and applying recent findings in neuroscience
- Executive Certificate in Leadership Coaching (Georgetown University)
- Master in Counseling (University of Maryland)
- Has parachuted, backpacked through China, and lived in Haiti