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Emerging Leaders Instructor & Executive Coach

Miles joined the Emerging Leaders instructor team in late 2017 after having served as a guest presenter for leadership development and identity and inclusion for every cohort of Emerging Leaders (ELP) since the program’s inception in 2013.

Since 2007, Miles has been a trained facilitator for The Leadership Challenge® Workshop, which illuminates the ‘Five Practices of Exemplary Leadership’, a research-based model of transformational leadership developed by Professors James Kouzes and Barry Posner at Santa Clara University.

Miles’ career focuses on student-centered higher education administration. As associate dean and chief of staff for student life at UC Santa Barbara, he shares concern and responsibility for the quality of student life at the university with a team of passionate professionals. And, of course, in addition to working with students, Miles frequently consults with University staff, departments, and local non-profit and government professionals as they aspire to hone their leadership philosophies and practices.

A Gaucho through and through, Miles completed his bachelor’s (psychology) and master’s (education) at UCSB. He lives with his partner in Santa Barbara and enjoys spending time with family, home improvement, and non-fiction reading and films.

About Miles’ Coaching Approach

“Partnering with adventurous leaders to nurture bold ideas and create a world of good.”

My coaching philosophy is that you’re already great and striving to be even better. This is not intended as a remedial intervention. This is not about you “lacking” in skills or potential – quite the opposite. The coaching process is meant to support you in building upon your well-established skillset as a person, professional, manager, and leader. I am not coaching you because I believe I have all of the answers; I’m coaching you because I believe you have them!

In coaching, I practice research-based and time-tested strategies to support your thinking and performance by leveraging my strengths to help you feel understood, experience optimism, talk openly, see possibility, and strategize to achieve your goals.

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