Linda Townsend, Principal of Townsend Coaching Partners, helps leaders sharpen self-awareness to access their authentic leadership style, enhance on-the-job performance, communicate more effectively, and build stronger relationships. Linda draws on more than 20 years of effective business leadership and management while guiding individuals and teams in their mission to reach their full potential. Linda helps executives, often women experiencing rapid growth or transition, gain clarity about their long-term goals in order to cultivate well-being and professional success.
As an executive coach, Linda helps her clients see themselves more clearly, define their vision of the future, capitalize on their strengths and uncover any obstacles standing in the way of achieving their long-term goals. Linda then works with clients to translate these realizations into a roadmap — a series of concrete action steps that can be implemented and measured over the course of their work resulting in new behaviors. By practicing these new behaviors in real-time situations and then reflecting on successes and challenges, clients are able to realize lasting change.
Linda began her career as a newspaper and television journalist, where she mastered the art of active listening and asking powerful questions. She then brought these skills to the business sector, launching a successful career managing marketing, sales, training and HR in organizations ranging from multi-nationals such as Digital Equipment Corporation and Banyan to smaller companies including T Cell Diagnostics and Red Tail Solutions.
Linda served the Young Presidents Organization (YPO), an international organization of more than 9,000 CEOs worldwide, as a Forum Moderator and then Forum Chairperson. She received special recognition at the YPO Global Leadership Conference in 2006 for her work with forums.
Linda has a Graduate Certificate in Executive Coaching from the Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology. She graduated as Valedictorian when she received her MBA from Northeastern University and has a BA in Journalism from Northeastern University.
She lives in Westborough, Massachusetts with her husband and three sons. Linda serves on the Board of the Westborough Education Foundation and is a yoga teacher and practitioner, triathlete, avid reader and gardener.