Antoinette Braks, PhD


Dr. Antoinette Braks, PhD is a Master Leadership Coach who has been explicitly coaching in vertical leadership development for over 10 years. She has identified a proven pathway that enables strategic leaders and executive coaches to accomplish a single or double shift to become inspiring, synergistic leaders at Strategist in one year.

Antoinette is the author of Executive Coaching in Strategic Holistic Leadership: The Drivers and Dynamics of Vertical Development (McGraw Hill, 2020). She has developed a holistic approach to vertical development integrating heart-mind-spirit and the energy fields of our life experience with the stages of development. She also conceived Vertical Development Theory to articulate the pathway that facilitates the fullness of transformative leadership.

Antoinette founded StageSHIFT Coaching. She offers online group Synergist Leadership and Coaching Accreditation Programs, and an introductory program, The Spectrum Stage Shift. She is dedicated to designing and leading StageSHIFT Leadership Programs around the world to expedite the shift to 4th person perspective for strategic leaders and their organisations.

Her expansive StageSHIFT coaching approach incorporates strategic leadership of organisational evolution to green and teal, and personal holistic leadership development based on cultivating self, healing shadow and embodying spirit, while realising the highest aspirations in life, career and business. Her purpose is to enable all leaders to realise their latent potential to create a more sustainable, healthy and equitable world.

Compared to most, StageSHIFT Programs are 4 times more effective in 10% of time invested.

She was previously a C-suite leader of People & Culture, has held regional strategic roles across Europe, Latin America & Africa and AsiaPac with Shell and Korn Ferry, and led organisational evolution in the private and public sector, generating extraordinarily swift outcomes e.g. a 20% increase in leadership effectiveness for the top 10% of senior leaders; a 30% quantum shift in people engagement in a 1,000-p organisation in 6 months; and a 100% increase in business revenues with a 50-p trading company 3-weeks following implementation of the StageSHIFT evolutionary business frameworks and transformative processes.

She is the 2020 winner of the CEO Today Award in Management Consulting for Leadership Coaching. Antoinette holds seven degrees including a PhD in developmental coaching psychology, an MBA from London Business School and the Oxford Brookes Advanced Coaching Supervision Program.

The higher our self-expression and the deeper our self-awareness,
The richer our life experience and the greater our soul evolution.
~ Antoinette J Braks


“Antoinette’s brilliant work creates an effective, practical and grounded approach focused on a pivotal arc in the developmental spectrum.”
~ Terri O’’Fallon, Founder and Partner of STAGES International

“[Braks shows us] how executive coaching can become a transformational dialogue; a holistic path that can humanise our world.”
~ Reinhard Stelter, 3rd Generation Coaching

“It is more vital than ever before that leaders develop the ability to think systemically and consider the long-term effects of decisions – this book offers a path to help leaders acquire these later stage characteristics.”
~ Susanne Cook-Greuter

“This is a much-needed, research-based book that has already helped me refine my coaching!”
~ Maureen Metcalf, CEO Innovative Leadership Institute

“Antoinette’s Program is unique in that it takes a holistic approach to transformation. She is a collaborative intuitive whose depth of knowledge in leadership development is unsurpassed. Antoinette has clear insight into what drives workplace behaviours and how to make momentous changes in perspective. Her strong strategic focus, business acumen and gracious understanding of people mean that you will gain far more than you may expect!”
~ Anne Cosgrove Executive Director People & Culture FACS, Services NSW

“I enjoy my coaching meetings with Antoinette principally because I find myself uncomfortable. She continually challenges my normalized way of thinking. The coaching is not a linear process. It’s emergent, disruptive and even disconcerting – that’s where the magic is. Antoinette considers things from a deeper dynamic perspective. Her focus on embracing our uniqueness is inspiring and amazingly effective.”
~ Greg Ellis EGM Opal Transport for NSW

“Antoinette asks the right questions that lead to very thought provoking and at times, confronting decisions, However, this is what really helped me both personally and professionally. She provided me with tips and ideas on how to lead more effectively and strategically. A big thank you to Antoinette for your unwavering support, advice and mentorship. You are a real treasure and I can’t thank you enough!”
~ Elisa Recchi, Head of Risk Business Management HSBC Australia

“Occasionally we meet folks who bring a unique perspective to strategic situations, creating new thoughts, ideas and innovative thinking. Antoinette is one such person drawing on a wonderful knowledge and understanding of so many aspects of life and business.” ~ Richard Boggon, Parsons Brinckerhoff


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February 16, 2019