Lyn Cikara’s passion is to see professionals grow and succeed as leaders in all industries, especially manufacturing, construction, and the automotive industries. Her background is in occupational therapy, working in mental health, and in manufacturing keeping people safe and healthy. This gives her a unique understanding of the physical, mental and emotional barriers faced by leaders and how they succeed.

Her coaching is influenced by her experiences in automotive manufacturing, transportation, construction, and engineering. She understands the behaviors that hold men and women back and is able to help her clients identify these and develop strategies to change these behaviors to their benefit as leaders.

Lyn helps CEOs and corporate executives to develop their own executive presence and learn how to use their influence to develop others.

Professionals at all levels of leadership learn to reduce the behaviors and false expectations that hold them back when coached by Lyn. Working with Lyn helps leaders excel in their leadership roles and position themselves for their next leadership role.

Her practical approach helps companies to create a deep understanding of the value of exceptional leaders in the organization and how changing habits and behaviors holding them back leads to sustainable profitability and success for the company. Having strong leaders is shown to accomplish greater employee satisfaction, and lower the burden of staff replacement cost.

Listen to Lyn’s words about herself on a Pamplin Media Group Podcast.

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Lyn Cikara

Lyn Cikara, executive coach

About Lyn’s Logo

Lyn Cikara Leadership Development bird logo


In 1990, after having been diagnosed with breast cancer, I read a story about a young Nigerian medical student who, having heard that he had passed his exams, exclaimed:  “I fly out with bright feathers!” Meaning that he had passed with flying colors. I determined that I would show cancer that I could fly out with bright feathers.

The story stayed with me throughout my career of helping leaders overcome obstacles and watch them become exceptional leaders. I have celebrated many women and men fly out with bright feathers as they journeyed through their leadership careers and reached their highest goals. The bird in my logo is a symbol of those successes.

My mission is to help professionals reach higher.

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Learn about executive coaching.

Lyn Cikara is a Certified Marshall Goldsmith Stakeholder Centered Coach and also holds a B.Sc. in Occupational Therapy. Learn more on the Marshall Goldsmith webpage.

Lyn brings a unique and invaluable perspective to each coaching assignment, having worked with high performers within our company for more than a decade.  Many of these high performers have gone on to positions of significant responsibility, which validates the company’s investment in the individual and Lyn’s successful approach to coaching.
M.K., VP Fortune 500 Company

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.

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