We had the good fortune of connecting with Desiree Musselman and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Desiree, other than deciding to work for yourself, what else do you think played a pivotal role in your story?
The decision to build my leadership skills in a male-dominated industry. What I learned from the leaders that I worked with throughout my corporate career was invaluable. I learned so much more than just how I did and didn’t want to lead; I learned about myself as a woman, my values, what I was okay with, and what I wasn’t. I also learned to see things from my male counterpart’s side, which allowed me to help other women navigate without feeling lost in the crowd. This is a key choice that I made that helps me work with both female and male clients by using my experiences which gave me a deep understanding of the difficulties we all face in leadership.

What should our readers know about your business?
When I began pursuing my first coaching certification in 2015, I wanted to take my leadership skills to the next level and help the  teams I oversaw find fulfillment in their jobs. When I became a trainer for the second time in my career, my coaching skills allowed me to work with leaders throughout the company to help them create the same supportive morale-building atmospheres that I created with my past teams. I fell in love with coaching in a whole new way, which was the catalyst that drew me away from that career and ignited my passion to start my company, Desired Effects Coaching. I now have the freedom to work with individuals across many industries to find what motivates them and their teams, as well as help them find fulfillment in their careers. Often, leadership coaches work with the C-Suite level executives; the clients I work with on the other hand, are new to mid-level leaders who want to hit the ground running and take control of their development. These leaders are the heart of the company. They have one foot in the trenches and the other navigating corporate life. This is a tough place to be, and often this group of leaders is left to their own devices to figure everything out. Through one on one coaching, soft skills training, and online modules, I work with these leaders to meet them where they are and help them choose where they want to be. As new managers, we can often be timid when asking for help from our bosses, so I strive to give leaders a safe space to explore their skills, find their confidence, and help them take their careers to the next level.

Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Hands down, my favorite place to go in all of California is the Huntington Library and Gardens. Not only do they have some intriguing documents in the library, they have multiple art museums, learning labs, and gardens on the over 200 acre property. I can get lost there for hours enjoying nature, learning new things, and recharging my mind and heart.

The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I have two people that have supported me throughout my journey. Sandra Long from Achievements Through Coaching who introduced me to coaching in 2008 by working with me as I fumbled through a difficult time in my career. She inspired me to become the leader I am today and help others be the leaders they were meant to be. As inspiring and supportive as Sandra has been over the years, I wouldn’t be the person I am without the love and support of my husband, Rory Musselman. Through everything, he has been by my side from fantastic promotions and awards to tears of frustration and self-doubt. He has never wavered in his love, support, or beliefs in my capabilities. He helps me see and reach a better me every day.

Website: www.DesiredEffectsCoaching.com
Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/desiree-musselman/

Image Credits
Regina Lee Photography

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