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I'm Nayla, and I'm on a mission to make work better. 

I believe we can discover ourselves through our work, without losing ourselves in it.

I believe our most impactful leadership comes from understanding, developing and honoring ourselves, and not by following anyone else’s playbook.
I know you want your work to mean something, reflect your gifts and talents, have an impact AND fit healthfully into the rest of your life.

Work matters.

Hi, I'm Nayla. I am an executive leadership coach, educator, facilitator, and co-host of The Inside Job Podcast. I have been exploring how we relate to work and grow as leaders for more than twenty years. 

​My work with clients is grounded in research, and led with heart. I believe in my clients, that we all deserve work that engages us and meets our needs and I believe in coaching as a process that can help each of us grow and change.

For fifteen years, I served as the Dean of Students at Columbia Business School, where I coached and taught thousands of students and co-founded the Leadership Lab, the clearinghouse for leadership activities for MBA and EMBA students.

​​My clients include individual leaders and teams across organizations and levels. I work with not-for-profits, schools & universities, startups, and Fortune 500 organizations including Apple, American Express, the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, Takeda, Vista Equity Partners, The Nature Conservancy, Colgate University, Royal Bank of Canada, Stripe, and ABC/Disney.

Are you looking for 1-1 leadership and executive coaching?
Are you interested in bringing a keynote leadership or career workshop to your organization?
Are you looking for support resources to help you transform your relationship to work?


The RBC Campus Recruitment Team

We’d like to thank you so very much for lending your passion and compassion, insights, and expertise to shape a meaningful Women’s Advisory Program experience for this next generation of ambitious and talented women.

Your passion shines through your work and inspires us all. Your partnership over the years has been truly distinctive.

Leigh E.


The whole way I think about my experience and value in my career has changed because of our work together. Where I used to feel trapped by my level of experience and my seniority, I now feel that word you always talk about: agency. This is partially because you gave me tools and a framework to see my work more clearly, and partially because your approach is grounded in possibilities. I feel totally different as I have interviews and networking conversations, and I know I’m confident and persuasive as a result. Thank you!

Linda T. 


I just wanted to say how beneficial it has been to have Nayla as a coaching partner in my leadership development.  Having her insight in helping me understand how I can be more impactful in my role, as well as helping me better understand myself and communicate with my manager, have been essential to my growth.

I have had many 360’s and coaches over the years and I have to say that I would wish for every person that they have someone as insightful, artful in delivery yet direct, compassionate and approachable as Nayla. That is truly what can help our leaders in their development.

James C. 


I wanted to share my first performance review in this new role with you, and really just say “thank you!” Connecting with you has been the best career decision that I’ve made in a long time. I appreciate you and all of the great work that you do.

Casey C.


Nayla is an incredibly effective and insightful coach (not to mention warm, approachable, and fun to work with!). She operates from a place of great empathy, but with a bias toward action. I left each coaching with a clear plan, valuable perspective, and having drawn on Nayla’s considerable knowledge and experience. With Nayla’s wisdom and guidance, I was able to successfully navigate a difficult career transition and move forward with confidence.

Barrie S.


I can confidently say I wouldn’t still be in this role, and as equipped as I am, if it weren’t for Nayla. She’s able to tackle issues from the most high-level and philosophical (“What am I doing with my life? Is this really who I am?”) to the most tactical (“How do I get from a to b on this project? How do I resolve this conflict?”) with incredible insights and practical advice. During each session, she helped me distill my problems down to their essence and supported me as I created next steps that were applicable and manageable. From the first session, I loved her tone and sense of humor and felt confidence in having this complete stranger coach me through what can only be described as a professional minefield, and I got a lot more than I bargained for…by the end, I knew myself better in all aspects of my life, not just professional.  She ultimately helped me carve my dream job out of a very spiky role and I express my gratitude by referring every single person I know to her. Thank you, Nayla!!



Nayla asks just the right questions to push my thinking further, deeper. She gets me to answer questions I didn't know I had. I internalized her approach as I worked with her - she coaches so I can coach myself.  Nayla balances self-realization and providing insight, she knows when I am close to finding the truth, and when to offer a framework to think through a more nebulous problem. She is discerning about when to let me arrive at my own conclusion, and when to offer more guidance.  I’m grateful for her breadth and depth of experience in coaching and teaching, she’s able to draw from her well of anecdotes and lets me see how I am not alone in my journey. Thank you, Nayla!

Laura C.


Working with you was the best investment I made in myself this year. I reference my notes from our sessions constantly. Now, months later, I find that I'm using the tools we developed to navigate decisions with a new kind of curious tenacity that feels authentic to who I am. The lessons are lasting.



I don’t know how the experience of working with Nayla could have been any more valuable to me.  With her support, I learned how to focus on more strategic, rather than tactical objectives, and how to communicate more effectively with my leaders and team. 

Nayla is someone I have immense respect for, and I greatly appreciate her investment in me. 

Nayla provided exactly the type of coaching experience I had hoped to receive, and

I would highly recommend her as an executive coach. I’m so appreciative of our work together.


Hosted by me, Nayla Bahri and my colleague Eric Johnson.


The relationship we have with work, and the way we make meaning of our time and experience there, serves as a great platform to explore how we show up to the rest of our lives: relationships, family and parenting, our health, our hobbies and interests, and our general attitude towards the human experience.


We talk about the ideas that really impact how you experience work – and your life – and actionable strategies to make work work for you, from the inside out.

109: The Problem Isn't Prioritization
173: Who Am I To Do That Thing?
168: The Problem with Passion
107: Company Culture and the Inside Job
75: You Are Not an Imposter
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