Welcome to the website of Duncan Sutherland - Executive Coach.  This site provides information on his coaching methods, tests, training tools and other websites of use to his clients.

  • Personality Test

    Personality Test

    Personality Test Our personality is quite stable over time. It strongly influences how we engage in relationships. Our traits are Read More
  • Implicit Association Test

    Implicit Association Test

    Implicit Association Test It is well known that people don't always 'speak their minds', and it is suspected that people Read More
  • Brain Dominance Test

    Brain Dominance Test

    Brain Dominance Test This is a Brain Dominance test that determine which type of brain dominance you have. It might Read More
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Susannah le Bron

Duncan Sutherland has been my coach through the Premiers Leadership Academy for the last 7 months. Immediately Duncan established a professional rapport with me and encouraged me to explore areas of my Leadership styles that had not been challenged before. I have had the opportunity in my career to have many coaches and this has been unique due to the experience and style of coaching Duncan offers. I would strongly recommend anyone who is has consistently applied tried and tested leadership and achieved results but has a desire to push their limits and explore the opportunities unknown, to engage with Duncan, as he will definitely open your mind to your broader capabilities.

Susannah Le Bron, Executive Director, Customer Service, Sydney Trains.    

Matthew Whitton

Being new to my role, Duncan was paramount in leading a change in my behaviour from operational to long term strategy and vision.  He asked the right questions while challenging my thinking on leadership.  Duncan was focused on me and my personal style which has seen considerable growth in both my thinking and confidence as a leader.

Matthew Whitton, Director, NSW Fair Trading.

Participant in the Leading Executive Program with the Leadership Academy    

Self Management

Coaching begins with increasing your clarity of understanding about self-awareness. Knowing yourself, your preferences and how you relate to the other people in your life is fundamental to the coaching process. 

Steven Covey's book The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People identifies Habits 1-3 being directed at self-management. Covey asserts that its not possible to manage others effectively until you can manage yourself.

International management expert Peter Drucker has written a seminal article in the Harvard Business Review called Managing Oneself. Read Drucker's article 197 KB

What is Executive Coaching?

Coaching is a process that helps the participant to become the kind of person that they are capable of being, both at work and in their wider life. The coach uses conversation to assist, support and encourage the coaching counterpart to access answers to key questions that will reveal deeper insights and lead to professional and personal growth. View PowerPoint (PPT 242KB)

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Gravitas, the X factor of leadership, can be cultivated

Executive coach Tom Loncar (writing in the Australian Financial Review, Apr 21 2016) reports that gravitas was found among CEOs to be the dominant "pillar" of executive presence, and that gravitas can be developed.

Leaders who demonstrate gravitas impress us in how they hold themselves, how they listen, what they say – and don't say. They show calmness rather than histrionics. In such a person's presence, we feel assured and engaged.   

Read Tom's article


Clio Robertson

Senior Consultant, Team Management Systems

I would like to thank you most sincerely for the coaching sessions you have delivered.



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