Jean Balfour is a highly experienced executive coach, organisation consultant, facilitator and trainer. She has a 20-year track record in coaching leaders and consulting to organisations globally and across sectors. Jean believes business success is driven by effective leaders who are self-aware and committed to their own growth and behaviour change. 

Jean helps her clients to lead in diverse and global markets and across cultures. She draws on psychological and organisational theories to help individuals maximise leadership potential and to develop in their careers. Jean helps her coaching clients develop effective business relationships with their stakeholders. She has a practical, results-oriented approach to coaching and her style is warm and challenging.

Professional Experience

 Jean leads Bailey Balfour, a Singapore based consultancy specialising in executive coaching, leadership development and diversity and inclusion.

Originally from New Zealand, Jean has lived and worked in Europe and Asia. She has held both executive and non-executive positions in organisations. She is a skilled facilitator and regularly speaks on leadership topics.

In her coaching practice, Jean works with senior and mid-level executives. She also has extensive experience of coaching doctors in academic and leadership roles. Jean is passionate about working with leaders in minority groups in organisations.
Jean’s clients include Citibank, EY, BNP Paribas, Société Générale, BNY Mellon, Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Deutsche Bank, VTB Capital, Standard Chartered, The Health Foundation, NHS UK, BlackRock, Lend Lease, King, Novartis, Norton Rose Fulbright and Arup. 

Qualifications & Accreditations

 - MSc in Organisation Consulting, Ashridge Business School, UK
- Executive Coaching Accreditation, Ashridge Business School, UK
- Marshall Goldsmith Stakeholder Centered Coaching
- Global Leader of the Future by Marshall Goldsmith
- Dimensions personality assessment 
- Hogan personality assessment 
- Myers-Briggs MBTI Step I+II personality assessment 
- Firo-B personality assessment
- 16PF personality assessment
- The Role of the Board, Master Class with Bob Garrett
- Level A+B Psychometric Training
- Post Graduate Diploma in Human Resources Development, London Southbank University, UK


"With the appointment of a brand new top team, Jean helped us accelerate our team building from scratch, which was vital for our company to maintain momentum. She was perceptive in taking the brief, brought helpful best practice from other companies into the room, so we could apply it where relevant, and combined it with her own insights into our working patterns and behaviours that can only come from deep experience in facilitation and coaching. Authoritative, curious and pragmatic, she has been a critical partner in our team's growth."
-CEO, Health and Leisure sector

"I’ve been fortunate to have worked with Bailey Balfour for some years now. Jean has delivered a range of very diverse projects for me globally – from team development programmes and facilitation (including large-scale events), executive coaching and development programmes. She has a dynamic, impactful and highly participative style and her consulting draws upon very contemporary approaches and research. Jean’s executive coaching is intelligent, challenging, practical and supportive. She has a wealth of experience and knowledge about organisations, people and change and brings that to her practice in an integrated and eminently practical way. Highly recommended."
-Head of Global Leadership and Capability, IT sector

"Jean provided effective and much appreciated guidance in my career transition process. She was an insightful listener, who understood to help me cut through the complexity of my situation. She competently pointed out the different levels of decision making and respective underlying conflicts involved and held up a mirror that allowed me to see my situation and options more clearly."
-Director in a global bank

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