My approach to coaching:

The most important aspect of a successful coaching engagement is the relationship between Coach and Client. It must be abundantly clear that we can talk about all the things that matter to you, what’s really happening, and what you wish was happening. Our work is confidential, honored, and held with the utmost integrity.

It’s imperative that the trust between us allows you to express, expand and experiment safely so that you can give yourself permission to try, stumble and get playful, and try new approaches.

When you show up more fully for yourself in our sessions, you’ll be amazed at what you can create.

You take the lead in the coaching relationship. Together, we explore the things that matter most to you, uncover the attributes, skills, and experiences that make you uniquely who you are, eliminate roadblocks, and help you create change that lasts.

You bring your wholeness, context, concerns, aspirations, truth, and ideas into our work. I’ll bring curiosity, listening and creativity, tools, strategies, experience, and expertise into the relationship.

Over the years, I’ve found that it’s not necessarily just your professional experience that shifts as we work together: It’s your ability to see yourself fully, think strategically, and confidently handle life’s inevitable ups and downs as you move toward what you truly want.

Leaders of organizations that engage senior and executive coaching report increased satisfaction and growth, as well as enhanced business impact and effectiveness.

Hi! I’m Nayla.

I’m a leadership coach and teacher, helping humans create their greatest work in the world.

I’m here to help everyone I work with discover more about themselves, create a career and leadership imprint full of alignment and purpose, and heal their relationships with work.

When we examine and heal our relationship with work, we create more impact in the work we do and also improve other areas in our lives. We develop self-awareness and clarity about our needs, discover our resourcefulness, and successfully create strategies for making change in our lives.

I wanted to share my first performance review in this new role with you, and really just say “thank you!” Connecting with you has been the best career decision that I’ve made in a long time. I appreciate you and all of the great work that you do.


How I Work

I combine my research with human-centered and experience-based learning to help develop real insights and create concrete action plans you’ll actually want to follow. Our work is custom to your needs and your preferences, grounded in a validated, creative process that supports how adults learn and change.

I also bring my joy, compassion, humor, and irreverence to the work that we do together so that you can feel comfortable bringing all of who you are to our sessions, too.

I believe coaching is a partnership, and in our partnership, you will:

Feel both challenged and supported as you see yourself more clearly and work towards a greater sense of purpose, meaning, and resilience.
Discover tools and strategies that help you lead in a way that is aligned with the best of you.
Co-create a trust-filled, experimental, and honest environment where you can envision and test practical tools for accelerating your personal and professional growth.

I so very much appreciate the commitment, compassion and realness that Nayla has brought to my coaching. This level of partnership is a new experience for me and having someone challenge my thinking and approach our work in a way that allows me to learn and be better, more confident, more effective is worth its weight in gold. 


My Background

I’m a graduate of Smith College, the University of Pennsylvania, and Columbia University. I served as the Dean of Students at Columbia Business School for almost 15 years years, coaching and teaching thousands of students and co-founding the Leadership Lab. I’m certified as a PCC level coach (ICF), and certified in Korn Ferry 360 Voices and Learning Agility, Immunity to Change (Individuals and teams), and the Hogan Assessment System.

You can read and download an official bio here.

In addition to my coaching, I podcast every week on the Inside Job, and teach at the graduate level at Columbia University. I conduct original research on the impact of change on career identity and satisfaction and present my findings for keynotes and workshops at leadership conferences and leadership organization meetings.

I live with my husband, two daughters, and our Aussiedoodle, Winnie, in Northern NJ. I’m a committed reader, passionate home cook, and mediocre artist.

Connecting With Me

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Women In The Gig Economy: Dr. Nayla Bahri On How To Build Career Resilience

I talk with Diane Mulcahy, a pioneer in the idea of the gig economy, about how we can build career strength when times are tough or uncertain.

Personal Strengths Make Strategy Stronger

I spoke to Tara McMullin about how personal strengths affect and are affected by, work and life.

I dropped in to talk with Lesley Jane Seymour on the Reinvent Yourself podcast about the inner work that might help you avoid the burnout of applying to 100 jobs on LinkedIn.

Career Freedom: The Good Life Coach Podcast

Michele Lamoureux and I explored career freedom and reflected on the times we’ve felt stuck at work and had to redefine ourselves after long careers in one organization.

Meet Nayla Bahri | Leadership coach, podcaster, professor

I talked to ShoutOut Arizona about starting my coaching practice, my love of creating experiments that create change, and the people who helped me get where I am today.