Sean Mc Hugh
Qualifications and Affiliations
• MSc. Personal and Management Coaching, UCC
• MBA, Open University
• Professional Diploma in Management, Open University
• Certified Mediator – Mediators Institute of Ireland
• Certified Test User British Psychological Society for Ability and Personality Assessments
• Art of Developmental Coaching – Coaches Rising
• QFA (Qualified Financial Advisor), UCD
• Trained in Roche Martin Emotional Capital Report (ECR) & ECR 360 degree feedback
• Certified Diploma in Accounting & Finance, ACCA
• Member of the Association for Coaching
• Member (RQTU) British Psychological Society
With 30 years management experience, Sean is a Coach with a wealth of experience at a senior level and a very good knowledge of school management. Sean has an excellent track record in coaching School Principals at both primary and post primary through the CSL coaching programme.
Sean brings to the coaching relationship a combination of extensive qualifications in coaching and management, years of leadership experience, first hand experience of the challenges of school management and a practical approach to coaching that enables leaders perform to their optimum.
Sean comes from a family of teachers. His mother was a teacher and a former school Principal and his two sisters are both teachers, as are a large number of his extended family. Sean has served on school Boards of Management and parent-teacher organisations at both primary and secondary level.
Sean has a strong background in people development, team building, performance management and transformational management. He has an excellent record of developing and motivating others to higher levels of performance and maximising their potential.
As a coach, Sean is very approachable, empathetic, trustworthy, reliable and ethical. He has excellent interpersonal skills which allows him to quickly develop a good rapport with his coaching clients. His clients are very complimentary of his non-judgmental approach, which facilitates the development trust, openness and a strong coaching relationship.
Sean is very strong in the area of Solution Focused Coaching and is adept at enabling leaders find solutions that work for them. He places a particular emphasis on coaching leaders to increase employee engagement and to develop cohesive high-performing teams.
Sean’s unique understanding of the challenges facing schools combined with his extensive leadership and coaching experience has strongly positioned him to coach School Principals in creating bespoke and practical solutions that make a lasting difference.
Sean's specialist expertise includes:
• Staff relations
• Managing change
• Staff development
• Conflict management and dispute resolution
• Performance management
• Assisting leaders to understand their strengths and areas for development
• Transformational management
Sean has a real understanding of the range of challenges that confront Principals and asks purposeful questions that put the spotlight on the critical issues. He challenged and encouraged me to push beyond self-imposed barriers and take my leadership capabilities to the next level. He immediately engenders trust and I felt very comfortable sharing issues that I would have previously not have been open to discussing. I would highly recommend Sean to other.
Secondary School Principal
I have worked with Sean as an Executive and Business Coach in the recent past. He is a very experienced and pragmatic individual who has a common-sense approach to matters. Sean challenged me to stretch myself in developing and expanding my organisation. He instilled in me the confidence to succeed, whilst remaining at all times supportive.
Managing Director, SME