Mike Howerton

Senior Executive Coach

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Expertise At-A-Glance

  • More than 30 years of experience in leadership development, coaching and mentoring, talent and volunteer engagement, managing board and stakeholder expectations, conflict resolution and negotiation, and organizational dynamics
  • Proven track record in fostering mission-driven workplace cultures, motivating stakeholders, and cultivating next-generation leaders for organizational success
  • Specialties: leadership development, holistic work/life balance, executive coaching in crisis or mission-critical situations, spiritual direction, consensus and coalition building
  • Accomplished motivational speaker and leadership motivator
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I am passionate about helping leaders become their most successful, healthiest selves, live joyfully, and operate at peak performance levels, even in the face of difficult circumstances or significant challenges. With my background in personal growth and spiritual counseling, I know what it takes to walk alongside senior executives who hunger for more out of life but don’t want to sacrifice their well-being, relationships, and integrity to get there. Whether aiming to restore work/life balance, make a paradigm shift in strategy, or become more intentional in pursuit of ambitious goals, I help my clients tap into their potential and reawaken their personal agency to shape the future for themselves and the people they lead.

As a senior executive coach, I have more than 30 years of experience in organizational leadership and personal development coaching. Having been at the helm for 15 years of a large organization in the top one percent of its market segment and previously leading a mission-critical division of a major non-profit with a large volunteer workforce, I know firsthand what it means to be a leader pulled in a million different directions, all while trying to motivate people toward industry-disrupting goals with limited resources.

Throughout my years in executive leadership, I learned that employees, stakeholders, and board members experience a higher degree of collaboration and motivation when members of the C-suite and heads of business units view themselves as encouragers in chief, operating out of an authentic values-based mindset with a focus on legacy creation as opposed to solely driving financial outcomes and productivity trends. While still being informed and influenced by critical metrics and data insights, this relational approach has proven to be most effective, especially when integrated with proactive organizational communications and strategic, actionable messaging.

When beginning a new coaching relationship, I think the most important perspective is a comprehensive one, which requires both courage and transparency, so I never take for granted what is required of my clients to embark on their journey of transformation and ultimately fulfill their purpose. While it’s not easy, improving self-leadership is one of the most personally and professionally rewarding experiences that any executive can have, and every organization can better thrive as a result.

Education & Credentials

  • Master’s degree in organizational leadership from Fuller Theological Seminary
  • Bachelor’s degree in philosophy and literature from Pepperdine University

Client Highlights

The organizations and leaders Mike works with continue to realize substantial results and transformation year-over-year. Check out Mike’s client highlights below!

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Testimonials

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All companies invest in sales, marketing, and technology. The ones that take the time to invest in their own “why,” their own growth and that of their teams, are the ones that reach a different echelon. Our work with Transcend has made us into an elite organization in every sense of the word and it’s easily one of the best investments I’ve ever made.
Jess Rovello CEO, Arkadium
Transcend has been transformational for me as CEO and for my executive team. They connected the mind and the heart of our executive team, driving more alignment, a team working as one rather than individuals, and over-delivering on results. I have worked with many consultants and coaches. Transcend has been the most impactful.
Mark Goldstein CEO, Entertainment Partners
If the time has come to make changes in an organization, Transcend can facilitate the creation of an informed and cohesive plan built around the leadership’s vision while keeping firmly planted in the reality of what it takes for that vision to succeed.
Nancy Novokmet Managing Partner, NEED

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