I'm Sarah Lea Bishop. I help professionals who work hard to make a difference in this world find ways to lead a life well lived outside of the job - without the need to burn down the career they have built.
I help folk redefine leadership to be much more than a post that someone gives us at work to being a way we choose to live - fully and wholly - in every aspect of our life.
I help successful and caring high achievers figure out ways to continue to do the work they want to do AND still have meaningful energy and presence for the people and issues important to them.
I live with my four legged friend Mabel on the NW coast of England where we live in a house full of books, tea, candles, blankets and plants.
I am a current leader, coach, consultant, mentor, writer and change-worker. I'm the creator of the Courageously Leaderful Framework based on well established processes that offer people options for change that work.
What lights me up is helping folk find ways to bring courageous leadership to their daily lives so they can fully live their own life and not someone else's. I help professionals bring in more of the stuff that's important to them in their life outside of the job without burning down their career, waiting for retirement or having to leap and hope the universe catches them.
I'm a Master Practitioner in NLP, an indirect hypnotherapist, a practitioner of Reiki and Reiki Drumming and I am trained in Steven Blake's OldPain2Go methodology. I'm accredited by INLPTA and am a member of the General Hypnotherapy Register as well as the Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council.
I live the stuff I coach. The work I do is not abstract theory, I do every day real life. I currently spend my working week as a Deputy Head Teacher / Vice Principal and Acting Head Teacher / Principal in a school for 11-16 year olds in the NW of England. I've been a senior leader across 5 different organisations and my work within education in the UK spans over 20 years.
It means I bring a whole lot of real and down to earth experience to the table. I do human in all its messy and glorious wonder. I know perfection doesn't exist. And I know it's over-rated. I'm about meaningful human stories. I don't do elbows out, know it all, short cuts and quick fix.
The truth is none of us need a quick fix. We live in a society that makes serious money out of convincing us we are not enough and one where we have normalised and even glorified busyness, hustle and over-working. For those of us with a drive to be high achieving, those of us who do a bit of be strong, be perfect, try hard, we continue to attach our worth to external success or praise.
I have this fire in my belly around helping other folk uncover their own courage, and leadership so they can get really comfortable in their skin and live a life that tells their true story and purpose. Nobody wants to find at the end of their life that the best they did was was working hard, getting results and keeping their head down.
Because that feeling of looking round with a sinking feeling we got lost along the way and are living someone else's life or that we got so stuck on the career hamster wheel that we have no energy for truly living a life outside of work is a feeling none of us need to stick with.
I have limited slots available for my one to one programme. It's important to me that I honour both my own boundaries and this process that I love for its capacity to bring about powerful change in people's lives, and importantly how that can ripple out in the world, which is what really lights me up and makes my soul sing.
If you are ready to become courageously leaderful and live with courage and purpose beyond your job post and you want to explore how I can work with you there are different ways you can connect with me.