We had the good fortune of connecting with Nicole Leighton and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Nicole, we’d love to hear about how you approach risk and risk-taking
For a long time now, I’ve made decisions based on the question of ‘what story would I want to tell about this when I’m 80?’. It has facilitated some big life decisions, many of which had the element of risk attached to them. Can I move to another continent and start a life there? Should I take this job in Los Angeles and move our family to the United States? Should I leave the ‘steady-paying job’ to pursue my dreams?
Taking these risks has shaped my life in ways that I could never really have imagined. I feel like I’ll have some great stories when I’m 80. My kids are good. I’m good. I am living a life that aligns my values and sense of purpose at a very core level. I’m living my truth. It feels good.
Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
I’m a coach! My job is to help people and leaders understand their impact and align to how they want to show up as humans in their worlds. I have a long history in the world of corporate so I understand that space and language. I’ve been able to play in the tech and start-up worlds and feel very aligned to that culture, and I have a deep background in studying human behavior, with a side passion for the neuroscience of human behavior. Add to that my experience with mindfulness practice, health, wellness and self-development, and that about sums up my approach!
What most excites me about my work is the impact I get to have and the connections I get to make. I work with leaders, both experienced and new and I work with leadership teams and companies who want to build a ‘culture of humanity’ in their organizations. The new way of being in work and world is conscious. Conscious in how we show up and how we treat others. The corporate world has not historically valued being human, in my opinion. People were expected to leave their lives at the door, show up, do the job and pretend that they were superhuman. What we know now is that superhuman is a fiction, that people are whole humans and that if we treat them as such, create environments of psychological safety and inclusivity, and invest in their growth and development, everyone benefits. The science is in and it has proven that happier, more fulfilled and supported humans mean more engaged and productive workforces. I love getting to play in that space and support humans.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
Any time I can take someone to Zuma Beach and Point Dume, I feel like I am representing LA well. It’s by FAR my favorite place to be. A picnic at sunset is a Happy Place of mine. I actually have a list I’ve created for when friends would visit (gosh…..friends visiting LA is such a pre-COVID lifetime ago!)
Way up there on my list of things-I-never-get-tired-of….
Being a Canadian girl that grew up with REALLY cold winters, the sunshine and outdoor opportunities are always the draw for me…which works out with ALL of my Canadian friends!
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
My children are my biggest teachers. Without them, I would not be growing as I have and continue to grow. I continue this work of life so that I can walk my walk, teaching them to do the same. They truly inspire me to be the best version of myself possible. That is a big, never-ending and sometimes quite messy project!