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Executive Coach

Leading Minds Executive Coaching, LLC empowers clients to manage stress, develop leadership and interpersonal skills, and reach peak performance in all aspects of their careers. David Brendel, MD, PhD is the Founder and Director of the firm.

A Leading Minds coaching engagement is comprised of a thorough assessment, strong action plan, and sustainability plan to ensure ongoing success and development. By collaborating with you, your colleagues, and other key stakeholders, Dr. Brendel is able to gain a comprehensive view of where you are in your career and where you would like to go. The core of a Leading Minds coaching engagement is a powerful set of conversations that occur during regularly scheduled sessions. In addition, many coaching engagements also include the following services:

  • Focused interviews
  • Behavioral style assessments
  • 360-degree evaluation with key stakeholders
  • Coaching sessions
  • Practical exercises between sessions
  • On-site observations
  • Continual feedback from colleagues and other stakeholders

In addition to his work with individual clients, Dr. Brendel provides executive team coaching services. Dr Brendel is also co-founder of Strategy of Mind, LLC which provides leadership training and coaching rooted in great works of literature and philosophy.

Achieve Your Goals

Whether you are looking to become a more effective leader, advance your career, grow your business, or reach your professional goals, Leading Minds Executive Coaching, LLC can guide you. Dr. Brendel uses proven, evidence-based strategies and a coaching process to support clients in developing and implementing effective action plans for success.

Each client has unique struggles, goals, and definitions of success. Dr. Brendel will address your personal needs and help you develop a customized plan. Dr. Brendel has coached scores of clients to:

  • Transition to challenging leadership roles
  • Think and act strategically
  • Solidify a positive mindset for success
  • Increase self-confidence and “executive presence”
  • Develop and sustain healthy work habits
  • Improve self-awareness and emotional intelligence
  • Enhance interpersonal relationships at work
  • Manage stress and avoid burnout
  • Achieve peak performance and personal fulfillment

Develop Action Plans and Solutions

Dr. Brendel uses a wide range of effective coaching strategies with clients. One of these approaches is Active Inquiry, in which he asks the client a series of thought-provoking and transformative questions. When you reflect upon and respond to these questions, you realize the inner strengths and assets that you have to find solutions and move forward. Powerful coaching conversations empower you to develop strong, practical action plans for success.

These coaching conversations are deepened by data from behavioral style assessments (such as the Myers-Briggs) and 360-degree feedback from colleagues and other key stakeholders. All Leading Minds coaching engagements conclude with a strong sustainability plan that ensures ongoing development and future success. Dr. Brendel remains available as needed for ongoing coaching needs beyond the conclusion of the formal engagement.

About Dr. David Brendel

Dr. David Brendel is an Associate Certified Coach of the International Coach Federation (ICF). Trained at Harvard Medical School, he has years of experience as a psychiatrist and hospital executive. He has published extensively on his approach to executive coaching, including articles in the Harvard Business Review. Dr. Brendel is Founder and Director of Leading Minds Executive Coaching, LLC The firm provides a wide range of executive and career coaching services to clients in the Boston area and throughout the United States.

Learn about the powerful active inquirey method Dr. Brendel uses in his coaching practice:

Case Study: Executive Coaching in Boston

Interviews with Dr. Brendel:
Fast Company Interview on Mindfulness on the Job
RealMatch Interview on Executive Coaching
Social Hire Interview on Executive Coaching and Personal Coaching

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“I am a female in-house attorney for a mid-size national corporation in the construction industry.  I worked with David for about 8 months.  I called on David to help me find my way in my role and to improve my relationships with my management, co-workers, and staff.  He was the perfect coach for my needs.  I was anxious, lacked confidence, and couldn’t relate to people in a comfortable trusting way.  David helped me lighten up and bring my personality to the forefront in my work.  I talk to people more now.  I join my colleagues when there is a team-building activity outside of work.  I inject more empathy and humor into my interactions with people at work.  Although my performance at work was never an issue, I am amazed at how much better I feel I am performing through the positive interactions I am having with my colleagues and this has improved my confidence.  I think that my colleagues in turn perceive my performance as better due to my increased confidence.  I attribute this to David’s help in building up my confidence and to knowing just the right approach to use in coaching someone with my personality and hang-ups. “ – RC, Boston, MA



Dr. David Brendel, Executive Coaching Boston
Professional Certified Executive Coach International Coach Association
ACTP Certification for Executive Coaching
Dr. Brendel is a Certified Master Coach Trainer
Dr. Brendel can coach remotely via video conferencing.

“I have had the privilege of having three executive coaches over the past thirteen years. Dr. Brendel has been the best. He is patient, insightful and goal driven. I would highly recommend him to other executive leaders.”

“Having a neutral sounding board allows me to reflect on sensitive internal matters. David also helps me crystallize my thoughts without putting words in my mouth.”

“I think he has a nice interpersonal style, perhaps one that results from his clinical training. It can be a nice counterpoint to the often aggressive, extroverted nature many business people have.”