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Michael O Connell

Region(s) South Dublin, West Dublin, Kildare, Wicklow

Qualifications and Affiliations


Diploma in Executive Coaching, IMI 1996
Diploma in Employment Law, UCD 2002
Systemic Leadership Coaching – Practitioner Programme (150 hours), The Whole Partnership (UK), 2015. Accredited by International Coaching Federation
Systemic Leadership Coaching – Move to Mastery (100 hours), The Whole Partnership, 2019
MSc. Creativity and Innovation (Specialising in Creative Leadership & Innovation) , Buffalo State College, New York 2014
MSc Business Administration, Trinity College Dublin 1996
Certified Diploma in Accounting & Finance, 1987

Affiliations/Memberships
Association of Coaching

Experience in one to one coaching


Michael has coached and continues to coach principals on an individual basis as part of Career Decisions/CDT team who have successfully coached over 400 senior leaders. These principals include DEIS schools, special needs schools, newly appointed principals, primary and second level school leaders.

Coaching with Michael reflects on a broad range of issues including systemic leadership, change management, conflict resolution, delegation, distributed leadership, stakeholder management, employee relations, performance management and maximising personal effectiveness in complex work environments.

Principals reported that coaching with Michael achieved the following outcomes:
• Resolution of individual conflicts and employee relations issues
• Clearer appreciation of strengths and areas to improve upon
• Increased courage and confidence to confront difficult situations that had developed and sometimes lingered over time
• Development of awareness on how personal behaviour patterns play out on a day-to-day basis
• Ability to understand the role of the Principal and their pivotal role in mapping and managing a broad range of stakeholders
• The ability to use values and standards as a driving force in managing the school ecosystem
• Developing a distributed leadership model

Working in the field for over 10 years, Michael works with clients across the private and public sectors and has delivered coaching to senior executives in a range of disciplines including organisation development and change management.

“Timing is everything and I was very fortunate to have the opportunity to work with Michael at a critical juncture in my career. The company had undergone significant change which left a legacy of low morale and poor performance among several of my team. Michael worked with me to navigate this challenging journey and gave me a toolset I will never be without. In a very short space of time, I witnessed the changes in the team dynamics and performance, and I would enthusiastically endorse Michael”
Senior Leader, Large Multi-National


CSL is funded by the Teacher Education Section (TES) of the Department of Education (DE)
This service is managed by Clare Education Centre.