"I would definitely recommend her services."
(Edyta S., Administrator at EU agency)
"Meeting a coach was new to me, and to be honest I was pretty skeptical but also curious.
It turned out that 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."
"Natália is a very friendly, communicative professional life/career coach. She offered me adequate exercises and tools so I have been able to discover my talents, passions.
She is a good listener, with a lot of patience. 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."
"Very inspiring and useful workshop. I recommend to everyone."
"Every professional should attend this kind of workshop, not depending on path and type of carrier. It opens different perspectives."
"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."
"Natalia uses a great method to find your signature strengths."
"Very well structured and to the point."
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 more than 18 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, and a specialization in Positive Psychology. 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 traveled 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.
In all my work I strive to abide by the highest professional and ethical standards.
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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 Dutch network Bewust (Culemborg), a network of 'conscious entrepreneurs', supporting the movement towards a more responsible and conscious life.