Donna Karlin


 Donna Karlin is internationally recognized as a pioneer in the field of leadership coaching and is known for her specialized practice of Shadow Coaching™ with global political, government, corporate, and business leaders. 
Donna Karlin CEC Founder of A Better Perspective™ has pioneered the specialized practice of Shadow Coaching™ with global political, business and senior organizational leaders in the public and private sectors.

By entering the client’s environment, she works with them in translating awareness into practice, essentially fostering the emergence of the Shadow Coach™ in the clients themselves. Donna uses an adaptable and comprehensive approach in working with her clients; a unique structure that enables her to understand individuals and their worlds sufficiently to design coaching that shifts their developmental level. Her coaching attends to the individual, social, relational and environmental aspects of her client's ‘world’. It is an integral approach that results in the client developing a deeper, more comprehensive sense of themselves.

Donna is an author, lectures internationally and is a key player in 3 international think tanks and research and development teams. In response to widely expressed interest to her highly successful and innovative approach to coaching, she established the School of Shadow Coaching™, training designed to meet current needs being expressed by the community of graduate, experienced coaches.

In addition to being principal of A Better Perspective and The School of Shadow Coaching, Donna is a SupporTED Coach and on the team that coaches the Fellows, and a communications and team dynamics advisor for INSPIRIT Sustainable Design and Promotion Group, Brussels, Belgium, supporting global health initiatives.

Donna is Dean and Past President of the International Consortium for Coaching in Organizations, a fulcrum of resources and an exchange of current practices and their critical analyses to enhance the success-rate of coaching interventions in organizations world-wide. She is a Founding Member of the Harvard Institute of Coaching Professional Association (ICPA), and a member of the Board of Advisors for The Foundation For International Leadership Coaching.

Donna’s work has been written up in Fast Company Magazine, The National Post (Financial Post), The Globe and Mail, The New York Times Business Section, The Boston Globe, Personal Success Magazine, as well as in numerous online articles including, The Training Report, and She has written two eBooks, co-authored the bestselling book ‘101 Great Ways to Improve Your Life’, and her book on Human-Based Leadership, Leaders: Their Stories, Their Words, is set to be released Spring 2011.

She has a proven track record in developing sustainable leadership.
Donna Karlin
A Better Perspective




Ottawa, Ontario

Areas of Expertise:
Team Alignment
Coaching Senior Leaders
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