Lyn Cikara’s passion is to see women grow and succeed as leaders of in all industries. Her background in occupational therapy, in mental health, and in factories keeping people safe and healthy makes her conscious of the stress of the workplace and how it can impact relationships, reactions, and retention.
Her coaching is influenced by her experiences in automotive manufacturing, transportation, construction, and engineering where women are not always seen as peers.
Lyn helps CEOs and corporate executives to develop their own executive presence and learn how to use their influence to develop others.
Coaching helps first-time managers and supervisors learn to manage their time and stress and understand their new roles as developers of people. Women at all levels of leadership learn to reduce the work habits and false expectations that take them away from family and cause guilt while they excel in their leadership roles.
Her practical approach helps companies to create a deep understanding of the value of women leaders in the organization and how supporting women’s development leads to sustainable health and success for the company, greater employee satisfaction, and lower the burden of staff replacement cost.
Learn more about her one-on-one leadership coaching.
Interview with Lyn Cikara
Transcript of Interview with Lyn Cikara
Q: Why do you call yourself a leadership catalyst?
In working with my clients as a leadership coach I have found adding the aspects of coaching really speeds up the process of their transformation from the leader that they are now to the leadership level they want to attain.
It’s like a chemical reaction. When you add a catalyst to a chemical reaction you speed up the process. That’s what my coaching does.
Q: What makes your approach different?
I bring a background that is different. I started my career as an occupational therapist in psychiatry. In that role I dealt with a lot of leaders who had broken down as a result of stress related issues. That brings me a strong background in understanding the demands that are made on leaders.
The other thing is that I grew up in South Africa with a father who was an engineer and had a die casting factory. That gave me a perspective of the hardline that leaders often have to have.
The other thing that I bring that is different is that I have five daughters. That has given me resilience. Those are the things that I think help me give my clients a different perspective and helped me see their challenges with a different view.