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Step up to become a more inspiring, wiser leader who transcends complexity and leads systemic evolution!

Masterful Leadership Coaching for CXO and Senior Executive Teams 


My Coaching approach involves a proven accelerated pathway in Vertical  Leadership / Adult Development to the advanced level of Synergist: inspiring, bold, wise, systemic leaders who transcend complexity to lead collaborative transformation. Key elements are Purposeful Strategic Leadership, Inner Shadow Resolution, Systemic Team Dynamics, and Culture Evolution.

Certified as a Master Executive Coach with the European Mentoring and Coaching Council (EMCC), and Winner of the CEO Today 2020 Award for Leadership Coaching, I partner with you to realize quantum shifts in Strategic Alignment, Leadership Effectiveness, People Engagement, Radical Team Accountability, and Sustainable Conscious Business Performance.

I offer purposeful collaborative engagement and post-conventional empowering frameworks that enable you and your organization to shift to the next level of intrinsic human potential and performance known as Teal, while adopting contemporary workplace practices that lift creative productivity. 

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Get the first two chapters of my book: Executive Coaching in Strategic Holistic Leadership to find out more about Vertical Leadership Development.


I enjoy my coaching meetings with Antoinette principally because she continually challenges my normalized way of thinking. The coaching is not a linear process. It’s emergent, disruptive, and even disconcerting - that’s where the magic is. Antoinette considers things from a deeper dynamic perspective. Her focus on embracing our uniqueness is inspiring and amazingly effective.

Senior Executive $1b+ Program Director

Senior Executive Regional Director

I found Antoinette's perspectives to be thoughtful and insightful, and her connection with mind, body, spirit revolutionized my thinking, and my actions. She has a unique ability to  recognize, understand, and explain complex leadership issues. Attuning my inner self and harnessing my authenticity to be a more innovative and strategic leader awoke the inner warrior within me.

My purpose is to enable you to realize your intrinsic latent vertical potential!

For 30 years I've been guiding senior executive leaders to set aspirational strategic direction and uplift engagement, operating norms, culture, and performance in the workplace. 

Through my PhD research I've developed a proven accelerated method that enables senior executive leaders and coaches to realize the leadership capacity of the top 10% of the most mature and inspiring executive and government leaders today. 

Called Synergists, they integrate the polarities of technology and people, integrity and pragmatism, humility and boldness, individual and collective, light and dark. Their elevated level of consciousness and absence of reactive patterns enables them to partner collaboratively with all stakeholders to realize visionary purposeful outcomes across the human ecosystem.

Organizations need this more mature level of Synergist leadership to enable people to do the things that matter most today. Synergists can lead purposeful businesses to thrive and flourish despite complexity in uncertain and volatile times while having an enormously positive social and environmental impact in their business and community ecosystem.

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The StageSHIFT Program is unique in that it takes a holistic approach to transformation. Antoinette is a collaborative intuitive whose depth of knowledge in leadership development is unsurpassed. In a short period of time, she has galvanized the organization in a way that is remarkable. Did I say there was a whiff of culture change in the air? There is a gale force wind blowing and the organization and its people are the ultimate winners!

Executive Director People & Culture

CEO, Business Services

Antoinette was a skilful, intelligent, challenging, enthusiastic person to work with. She integrated many new initiatives to transform our culture creating momentum from which results soon flowed. The terrific speed of success was due to her great ability to engage with our leaders. She was a vital source of energy and inspiration in setting our course and getting us going!

Get started with our Introduction to Vertical Leadership Development

3-Week Program 6-20 April 2023 - Register Now

Discover the elegance of growing vertically in terms of adult maturity outlined in a comprehensive map of the Psychology, Structure and Nature of Vertical Holistic Leadership Development, focusing on the key StageSHIFT to Synergist. 

Undertake the Vertical Holistic Leadership Profile (VHLP) to track your evolutionary journey and enjoy a highly resonant and enlightening Discovery Debrief with Dr Antoinette Braks.

Enjoy a blend of rich Online Resources and three Online Group Discovery Dialogues to explore the content and its application.

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I will be forever grateful to Antoinette for enabling me to fully grasp the vastness, importance and grandness of vertical development, making it easy to start infusing and transforming my own work with clients. Taking her Program might be the most uplifting decision in your life.

Jessica Löwenhielm, Transformative Vertical Leadership Coach

Emma Pearson, Transformative Vertical Coach & OD Consultant

Antoinette is one of only three Thought Leaders I know who credibly and passionately integrates business and spirituality. It's rare and profound, and much needed today. Her brilliant intellect, fearless consulting and coaching has created a great suite of offerings.

Continue with our Groundbreaking StageSHIFT Vertical Transformative Coaching Certification Program

33-Week Program 3 May - 13 December 2023

EARLY BIRD SAVINGS expire on 31 March 2023

Take your journey on the explicit proven StageSHIFT pathway to develop a strong understanding of a large range of concepts, frameworks, techniques, and processes, while expanding your conscious leadership presence to better inspire others.

Join a small group of mindful companions to develop your capacity as a Transformative Coach in the Strategic Holistic Leadership of self and system, for yourself, your client executives, their organizations and business ecosystems.

Enjoy a rich blend of Online Resources covering 8 Modules, each in 3-5 parts offering significant content in the form of videos, notes, and articles, for us to explore and apply during 16 Online Group Discovery Dialogues and 8 Peer Collaborations.

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Thomas Bjerkhede, Transformative Coach & Vertical Consultant

The StageSHIFT Coaching Certification has been one of the most rewarding programs I have ever done. It is a masterpiece! Antoinette is one of the most extraordinary human beings I have met. An inspiring person with a remarkably sharp intellect, lots of love, tons of professional experience combined with an even more remarkable wisdom and spiritual consciousness. I gues that's how words become poetic, and experiences magical.
I feel and believe strongly that this is "the real deal" in executive leadership development. As a humble attempt, I would say that it is unrivalled in its blend of science and applied wisdom, and in the inner more conscious self that evolves in embodied leadership presence.

Paul Smith, Transformative Vertical Executive Leadership Coach & Consultant

Programs for Executive Leaders and Executive Coaches

Executive & Team Coaching

Set purposeful aspirational eco-systemic outcomes for your organization and dive deep into your own leadership development and/or systemic team dynamics to accelerate the realization of your latent intrinsic human potential to Synergist.

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Vertical Executive Assessments

The Vertical Holistic Leadership Profile is a capability-based Self Assessment designed for Senior Executives to gauge their journey from Specialist to Alchemist. Our unique focus on resonance enables you to set deeply personal development aspirations and create a coherent Vertical Development Plan.

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Coaching Certification Programs

Develop your coaching presence and practice with proven vertical knowhow to accelerate the embodiment of Synergist Leadership and expand your horizons to 3rd generation Transformative Coaching and Consulting to enable Leadership Culture Evolution.

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Ekaterina Surkova, Transformative Vertical Executive Leadership Coach & Consultant

Antoinette has a unique style and approach. I'd emphasize her discernment and the ability to beautifully conceptualize complex ideas and get to the very core of things. I am fascinated with her methodology and her constantly inquiring mind and lightness.

Take a deep dive into self-awareness to resolve shadow psychodynamics, cultivate your Holistic Self, and nourish your spiritual, emotional, and mindful renewal. Invest conscious time and energy to realize your potential at an elevated level of consciousness to lead a more fulfilling and flourishing life.

Discover how to leverage your leadership role to set aspirational purposeful outcomes and build a values-based culture to generate a quantum shift in people engagement, sustainable high performance, and socio-economic renewal.

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Register Your Interest in our Open Programs

Register today to realize more of your intrinsic human potential based on our elegant comprehensive map of Vertical Holistic Leadership Development, and our proven technology in systemic, strategic, holistic Synergist Leadership.

Antoinette's profound and rare capacity to simultaneously inspire developmental movement in individuals, teams and the wider community is remarkable. She is part of a class of brilliant, humble human beings, who invite you to fully meet yourself, both  your shadows and unfolding potential, simply by their presence and capacity to hold that space.Through her unique, well-researched body of work, she enables leaders to integrate business, and human development so that we all win: our planet, our communities, and our businesses. I feel privileged and honoured to be part of her community.

Jacqueline van Paassen, Transformative Vertical Executive Leadership Coach & Consultant

Articles, Presentations & Podcasts on Vertical Leadership and Organizational Development

Take a look at the key articles, and a range of webinars and podcasts that explore Vertical Leadership Development. 

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