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.


Dr. Nayla Bahri is an executive coach, educator, facilitator, and co-host of  The Inside Job Podcast. Her mission is to help everyone she collaborates with create their ideal relationship with work, one that lets them thrive, experience more satisfaction and flow, and deliver excellence.

Her clients include individual leaders and teams across organizations and levels. She works with not-for-profits, startups, and well-established organizations, including Apple, American Express, The City of New York, Appian, The Nature Conservancy, Colgate University, Royal Bank of Canada, Stripe, and ABC/Disney.

Working With Nayla

Nayla combines the best of research with human-centered and experience-based learning, to help clients develop real insights and create concrete action plans. She offers 1:1 executive and leadership coaching, group coaching and facilitation, and advisory services to senior leaders and their teams.

Nayla customizes experiences to foster high-trust learning environments where clients can find the best approaches possible to be successful, impactful leaders. Her thought partnership empowers clients to show up to their work with a greater sense of personal clarity and resilience as they drive organizational results and lead their own teams. Clients report greater decision-making confidence, deeper self and other-awareness, a more strategic lens, stronger interpersonal relationships, and greater career clarity as a result of their work with Nayla.

Bringing Research And Experience To Her Clients

Nayla served as the Dean of Students at Columbia Business School for fifteen years, where she coached and taught thousands of students and co-founded the Leadership Lab, the clearinghouse for leadership activities for MBA and EMBA students.

She also led the learning and development team for a private equity-held global medical diagnostics organization, creating and leading initiatives including culture and employee engagement strategy, leadership development programs, performance management innovation, management curriculum, and coaching managers and the most senior leaders in the organization.

Nayla is a graduate of Smith College, the University of Pennsylvania, and Columbia University. Her certifications include PCC level coach (ICF), Korn Ferry 360 Voices and Learning Agility, DDI Leadership Suite, Immunity to Change (Individuals and teams), and the Hogan Assessment System.

Clients value Nayla’s varied and rich leadership experience, her teaching + research foundation, and practical experience with professionals across industries and levels. Clients also comment on her warmth, humor, directness, and approachability.

Life Beyond The Coaching Session

In addition to her private practice and podcast, Nayla teaches at the graduate level at Columbia University. She conducts original research on the impact of change on career identity and satisfaction and presents her findings for keynotes and workshops at leadership conferences and leadership organization meetings.

Nayla lives with her husband, two daughters, and their Aussiedoodle Winnie outside of NYC. Nayla is a passionate reader and home cook and is learning to draw.

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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.