Coaching Philosophy & Approach

Coaching Philosophy & Approach

The goal in coaching is to help individuals gain greater self and other (people) awareness to increase effectiveness. Mary believes coaching is a collaborative process and, strongly, that the client drives the agenda.

Mary’s approach promotes the psychology of optimism. She works with people to clarify the kind of behavior, self-awareness, and motivation that leads to optimal performance in professional and personal lives. With a Ph. D. in multi-cultural counseling, she offers unique insight into the development of human potential and learning that serves as a catalyst for change. And with 25 years of leadership experience in the business world, she adds a unique understanding of professional responsibility to her base of expertise.

Mary Howerton Consulting focuses on management issues to help individuals/organizations in following ways:

  • Coaching executives and professionals in personal/professional development
  • Assisting leaders in achieving individual and business effectiveness
  • Making use of a collaborative strengths-based approach, promoting individuals and teams to perform at their optimal performance
  • Development of communications skills within organizational cultures & among people within those cultures
  • Focus on conflict resolution
  • Development of strategic planning initiatives; designing approaches to executing these strategies to ensure success
  • Advancing careers or planning for work endings


  • PhD, Counseling-Multicultural Focus (2004)
  • Graduate School Faculty (UNC-Charlotte, Queens University, Pfeiffer University)
  • Professional Certified Coach (PCC), International Coach Federation (ICF)
  • Board Certified Coach, Center for Credentialing & Education (CCE)
  • Certified DISC+Values Coach
  • Center for Creative Leadership -Benchmarks (CCL)
  • WorkPlace Big Five, Paradigm Personality Labs
  • Actualized Leader Profile, William L. Sparks & Associates
  • Herrmann Brain Dominance Instrument (HBDI)
  • Myers Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI Basics)