What clients are saying...

"I would definitely recommend her services."

(Edyta S., Administrator at EU agency)


"It was a pleasure meeting and working with Natália. She’s open minded, friendly and professional all at the same time.

I specifically liked the part that she has a [broad] interest and knowledge of many subjects so you can bring on pretty much anything you want to work or be advised on. The sessions always resulted in a motivation boost and some new tools to work on the items you want to improve.

Overall, it helped me a lot since I have a clear understanding and strategy now how to improve my career as well as my personal life. Thanks Natália."  

(Job B.)


"Natália is a wonderful coach.  Each of the eight sessions I had with her were focused on working through the issues and goals set out in the initial meeting. I found the coaching trajectory with Natália to be hugely beneficial in reframing my initial uncooperative mindset into one which was more capable in dealing with the issues I faced and ultimately recalibrating my internal compass."

(Former client)


"Natália is a very friendly, communicative professional life/career coach. [...] If you are looking for your goal in life or if you are unsecure about what job is for you: the answer is Natália Leal."

(Sandra B.)



"Foi um enorme prazer ter encontrado e ter tido a possibilidade de trabalhar com a Natália. Muito obrigada por me ter ajudado a perceber o que realmente prentendo para a minha vida, a título profissional. Gostei muito da excelente organização e, sobretudo, do método que utiliza. Aconselho vivamente!"

(Elsa C.)


"As a result [of coaching], my confidence is boosted and I was able to do better in the interviews and landed with a new opportunity. [...] Reflecting back, I started coaching session to improve my confidence during the interview, but overall it helped me to build confidence in all aspect of life. I am really grateful for all the support. Based on this experience, I would definitely retake the coaching with Natália and highly recommend to others." 

(Rakshith M.C.)

"Very inspiring and useful workshop. I recommend to everyone."

(Melike A.)


"Every professional should attend this kind of workshop, not depending on path and type of career. It opens different perspectives."

(Vitalija P.)


"Natália knows how to convey the workshop very well with a variation of her professional knowledge and personal examples. This workshop is very inspiring and has certainly given me the tools I was looking for to give my life even more meaning and happiness."

(Silvano S.)


"I enjoyed the webinar presented by Natalia, it was well structured and full of inspirational tips and ideas, also practical for me to apply in my work or personal pursuits. Natalia is a good presenter with focus on the topic, also allow the participants the space to think for themselves. Overall, it was a lovely experience and I will certainly participate in her future workshops."

(Qin C.)


"The webinar was a good opportunity to return to positive thinking, be flexible and learn how to understand oneself. Very helpful specially during this time when we can not see where and when all this will end."

(Sylvie S.)

A Little About Me

I am passionate about helping others gain control over their life. And I am continuously searching for personal growth and ways of supporting others in making conscious decisions and effective plans towards a happy life.

I have dedicated my career to helping others, and finding the best ways to improve the world. I know that even apparently small changes can have a profound impact! Today, my mission is to inspire and empower others to achieve their full potential, clarify their goals, overcome their fears or simply learn a new soft skill. This applies to individuals as well as to organisations; after all, it's the human factor that drives both! For me, the reward of a job well-done is to see my clients learn and grow by themselves. 


I have 20+ years of work experience across different sectors, ranging from lecturing, training, researching, policy-making, and executive management in the not-for-profit sector. My career as a consultant and coach began in 2018, after I decided to leave my post as Chief Executive of the World Fair Trade Organization (WFTO) and started a new journey to achieve a greater sense of balance and well-being in my own life.


I was born in Portugal but I currently live in the Netherlands, after several years living in the UK and Belgium. I hold a Master in Sociology, a PhD in International Relations. In addition to a specialization in Positive Psychology, I have a diploma in Behavioural Coaching and a Life Coaching certification. I am generally interested in leadership, sustainability, ethics, personal and career development, emotional intelligence, (positive) psychology, neurosciences, and others. I have been lucky to have travelled to many countries around the world and I can speak English, Portuguese, French, some Spanish, and a little Dutch and Italian.


For my full CV you can check my LinkedIn page.

Codes of Ethics and Conduct

In all my work I strive to abide by the highest professional and ethical standards.

Below you can find links to some of the key documents on this matter.

Global Code of Ethics for Coaches, Mentors and Supervisors
Adopted by five international organisations, including the European Mentoring and Coaching Council (EMCC).
Global Code of Ethics - EN v2 (EMCC & Ot
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ICF Code of Ethics
Adopted in June 2015 by the International Coaching Federation (ICF).
The Gold Standard in Coaching _ ICF - Co
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Service Partner of the International Welcome Centre Utrecht Region, which provides a warm welcome to internationals who live, work or study in Utrecht Region. They offer a number of free services designed to advise and assist internationals during their arrival and stay in Utrecht Region.


Member of the ACCESS Training Network, a not-for-profit Dutch organisation focused on supporting expats and internationals grow both personally and professionally.  


Registered Teacher at the Dutch Central Register for Vocational Education (Centraal Register Kort Beroepsonderwijs, CRKBO)

Natália Leal  |  Coach & Trainer

Empowering You to Achieve Your Goals


Company no./KvK: 72490772

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