"It’s useful to know specifically where your strengths and areas of development lie to be able to progress. Sun & Sky have helped to give me this knowledge and the steps to better develop myself personally and professionally.
"It has really opened my eyes up to how much my life is all linked together. Small habits in the morning or at night can impact the way I act and feel at work. How I spend my times on the weekend can impact my energy levels for the whole week. I'm understanding the importance of developing good habits to make sure I have better wellbeing and I am the best leader I can be."
"Two sessions in and the coaching has had a positive impact on my performance and my confidence. I am excited about the upcoming sessions!"
"I am fairly new to leadership and this course has helped, and is helping me to really understand what makes a great leader and how I can self-develop in order to grow as a leader and enjoy all segments of the journey."
"Moving forwards, this will have an immediate change in my work and I strongly believe this will foster developing colleagues personal agency - something that has been key in my mind for a while now."
"Developing a greater sense of my personal values and how these align with my workplace. Being introduced to empathy rather than sympathy has really shifted my perspective at how I should be leading. I didn't think of thinking as being a whole-body thing but now I do, it will definitely impact my thoughts and motives moving forward."
"It immediately had an impact. I felt I communicated with staff regarding a challenging situation in a positive way which displayed empathy but allowed the staff to feel empowered."
"I have been thinking and reflecting more on my approach to leading others. Enabling others to work with me to find solutions. Reflecting on issues and what we would do differently has also been good."
"I feel more aware of my strengths and I have more faith in myself as a leader. It is easy to doubt yourself and focus on negatives/areas for development but today has helped me look at the positive side and my strengths and value myself more."
"I feel more focused on my journey to becoming a leader in my school. I understand what my strengths are more clearly and how I can use them to my advantage."
"This is my first leadership course. It was really useful to have a guided period of time with like-minded colleagues to focus on my strengths as usually my time is spent on areas I deem I need to improve. The content and the activities so far have immediately boosted my self-confidence and have given me a greater sense of excitement and positivity."
"I am more focused on how I interact. Reflect after an interaction and think what worked well/ what I could improve. It was a great session."
"After this session, I felt more positive, especially during this time of lockdown. It has made me think about what I can do to keep myself feeling full of energy and what I need to do to achieve this."
"Before the class, I felt rather deflated. The weather hasn't been good this week so getting out for a walk hasn't been as easy. Sleeping hasn't been great and I was feeling rather lethargic. Having joined Samantha's Energy Masterclass, I learnt how breathing, not having my phone by my bed in the evening and taking time to pause makes a big difference. By the end of the day, I felt so much better and I have started my day today feeling much more positive."
Samantha’s coaching was hugely beneficial to me at a key point in my career, where staying resilient in the face of challenges was key. She helped me take a step back and reflect on my goals and what made me tick. We put a plan in place so I was able to stay energised in the face of adversity, thinking from my whole body and bringing my head, heart and gut into balance. Samantha is passionate about bringing out the best in people and helping them find the tools they need to realise their ambitions.
My coaching sessions with Samantha were invaluable. She’s a wonderful coach – genuine, compassionate and skilled. Each session built on the previous one: through my own thinking, I found answers to questions I’d been asking myself for a while. She listened, challenged my thinking in a supportive and constructive way and made me reflect on my own practice as a senior leader. The coaching also benefitted my wellbeing positively, giving me strategies to use in my own practice. In doing so, I have made small changes that are having a great impact on how efficiently I function in my role.
Samantha is really relatable and holds a wealth of knowledge and experience that I was able to apply directly to my teaching practice. She has given me guidance on how to look after my professional and personal wellbeing, as well as offering practical advice on how to deal with new situations in the workplace.
I felt at ease and relaxed straight away. I talked about things which I hadn't realised were on my mind. I felt listened to, and stresses were lifted, leaving me more able to prioritise any tasks ahead.
I’ve got a much better work/life balance, therefore much better job satisfaction and more time for my own children!
I felt very comfortable with Samantha. She was professional and approachable, and made me aware of how my own feelings and worries were sometimes getting in the way. I now feel more confident in dealing with new situations and handling problems independently.