Leading Minds Executive Coaching

Empowering clients to become great leaders and reach their career goals by managing stress,
transforming their mindset, and making critical behavior changes for success

Step Up to Leadership:

(617) 932-1548 • Executive Coaching in Boston, MA –Belmont, MA –New York City –Worldwide

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“I have worked with thousands of top tier leadership and executive-level executive coaches over the past 15 years. David is in the top 1% of the coaches with whom I have worked. He is masterful in his approach…”view full quote

Andrew Neitlich Director of the Center for Executive Coaching

Dr. David Brendel, MD Executive Coaching

    • Harvard-trained MD/PhD Psychiatrist
    • Certified Executive Coach
    • Master Certified Coach Trainer
    • Experienced Hospital Executive
    • Harvard Business Review and MIT Press Author
    • Professional Certified Coach International Coach Federation


All successful people eventually hit walls in their careers and personal lives. The skills and traits that once brought them success no longer serve them well under new circumstances. Regardless of whether they are being promoted or have suffered a major professional setback. they need to adapt quickly and pivot into an entirely new role for which they may be woefully unprepared. That new role might involve staying with the same employer, or it might require a major transition to an entirely different line of work.

Across all business sectors and areas of professional practice, workers confront significant transitions. When transitioning into leadership roles, they cannot rely on their old ways of conducting themselves. They must transform their mindset and behavior patterns in order to succeed in the new role. Technical skills and know-how are no longer sufficient. They must also learn to collaborate with C-suite executives, develop novel business opportunities, and inspire their colleagues and direct reports with a well-articulated vision of success.

The skills that leaders must enhance include (but are not limited to) strategic thinking, time management, priority setting, and interpersonal communication. They need to deepen the social and emotional intelligence that are so essential in executive leadership roles. They need to pay closer attention to nonverbal communication as manifested in their body language, tone of voice, and facial expression. They need to improve their stress management skills, so that they don’t come across to others as frustrated, irritable, or dismissive.

No matter what the industry, leadership development challenges are common across all business and practice settings. There are universal principles of leadership that can be flexibly adapted to different situations. In my work with Leading Minds, I’ve helped high-level clients confronting complex leadership challenges in a wide diversity of businesses and professions, including the following: biotech, Pharma, healthcare, engineering, software, law, financial services, private equity, manufacturing, food services, family businesses, higher education, and nonprofits.

The Executive Coaching page describes additional details about how I work with clients to assess their leadership challenges, set clear goals for success, and implement practical strategies to reach those goals in a reasonable time frame. The Career Coaching page describes how I help business leaders and successful professionals to make a smart and fulfilling transition into a new job or career. The Philosophical Counseling page describes how I help certain clients to use philosophical self-reflection to enhance the quality of their work and personal lives.

There are also pages devoted to frequently asked questions about coaching, the training program I run for mental health professionals who wish to become professional coaches, my blog and radio shows devoted to a wide range of coaching topics, and my academic/professional background as a psychiatrist and executive coach. Executives may also be interested in Strategy of Mind, a training program I co-founded, that focuses on programs to optimize leadership and employee performance by enhancing critical reasoning, emotional intelligence, and mindfulness skills.Finally, there is a page that describes where I am based in the Boston area, as well as how to contact me to discuss the possibility of launching a coaching engagement with Leading Minds.


In addition to Dr. Brendel, there are three associates working at Leading Minds Executive Coaching: Emmie Stamell, Allison Abrams, LCSW, and Stefan Kalt, PhD. They add depth, knowledge, and bring additional services. Emmie Stamell and Allison Abrams are mindfulness experts who offers knowledge of effective holistic practices. Stefan Kalt, PhD is a certified executive coach who specializes in working with educators and researchers.

Working With Dr. Brendel

Dr Brendel's executive coaching office
I am based in Boston and serve clients from the local area, throughout the United States, and around the world. Many clients come to see me in person, and I am able to travel to see them as needed. I am also available to work with executive coaching and philosophical counseling clients by telephone and video conferencing. Contact me at (617) 932-1548 or David@DrDavidBrendel.com.

Client Hometowns

I work with clients from around the world. Clients visit from Europe, the Middle East and Asia, as well different states in the United States. In New England, I have worked with people from Massachusetts, Connecticut, Vermont, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Maine.

In Massachusetts, I primarily provide executive coaching in the Boston area, including the following towns and cities:

  • Boston, MA
    02116, 02108, 02111, 02210, 02115, 02114, 02215, 02118
  • Cambridge, MA
    02138, 02139, 02140, 02141
  • Brookline, MA
    02445, 02446, 02447, 02467
  • Lexington, MA
    02420, 02421
  • Belmont, MA
    02478, 02479
  • Newton, MA
    02456, 02458, 02459, 02460, 02461, 02462, 02464, 02465, 02469
  • Waltham, MA
    02451, 02452, 02453, 02454, 02455
  • Wellesley, MA
    02457, 02481, 02482
  • Weston, MA
  • Lincoln, MA
  • Sudbury, MA
  • Concord, MA
  • Burlington, MA
    01803, 01805
  • Arlington, MA
    02474, 02475, 02476
  • Andover, MA
    01810, 01812
  • Winchester, MA
  • Needham, MA
    02492, 02494
  • Dedham, MA
    02026, 02027

In New York City, Allison Abrams and I provide executive coaching and mindfulness training anywhere in Manhattan, including in Midtown West and Upper West Side.

  • Manhattan 10001, 10002, 10003, 10004, 10005, 10006, 10007, 10009, 10010, 10011, 10012, 10013, 10014, 10016, 10017, 10018, 10019, 10020, 10021, 10022, 10023, 10024, 10025,10026, 10027, 10028, 10029, 10030,10031, 10032, 10033, 10034, 10035, 10036, 10037, 10038, 10039, 10040, 10044, 10065, 10075, 10128, 10280