Align Who You Are With How You Lead

We work with leaders who want to make a difference.
They know this is about leading from the inside out.
They come to us to learn how.


Leadership Programme

Our advanced leadership programme is grounded in the principle that to lead others well, you must first know and master yourself.

Learn to lead with Mindful Command® and gain lifelong foundations for clarity, presence and impact.

Share your 9-month personal journey with seven other leaders also on theirs.


Monthly Online Coaching

Continuously apply group and individual learning to your personal and professional context.

Residential Retreats

Explore your inner and outer landscape on two inspiring 5-day retreats in the beauty and majesty of the French Alps.

World-Class Teachers

Tap into the wisdom and experience of exceptional specialists in leadership, clarity, mindfulness and the martial arts.

About Sally-Anne

The face and founder of Skilful Leaders, Sally-Anne Airey brings the practical wisdom of nearly 40 years as a Royal Navy Commander, international business leader and leadership coach.

Sally-Anne has spent her whole life figuring out what leadership really is: by doing, studying and observing, by making mistakes and learning from them, and by coaching other leaders – from whom she has learnt so much.



A space for you. Step back from your day-to-day and experience the focused attention of an expert coach.

One-to-One Online

60-90 minute sessions over an agreed period. Challenge your assumptions and open your mind to new possibilities.


One-to-One Time Out

Short personalised retreats in the French Alps. Give yourself time and space to reflect on what really matters to you.


Team Offsite

A powerful 2-4 day team retreat in majestic Alpine scenery to nurture the spirit of your team. Give them space for their voices to be heard.


What Clients Say

Sally-Anne works at the crossroads between ​leadership and ​mindfulness. Her guidance has helped me become a better leader, ​more connected to my team and myself​, without losing myself in the process. Not only is she a highly-talented leadership coach, Sally-Anne also embodies the example of living and breathing your way to a more present, joyful life.

Kathryn Chief Executive Officer

As an experienced leader herself, Sally-Anne understands the nuances of helping leaders perform successfully. She is incisive, compassionate and intuitive. Her gentle, subtle and focused style has allowed me to expose the areas that I knew needed attention but could not quite access.

John Founder & Director

I really value Sally-Anne’s hard-won practical wisdom and deep understanding of the inner leader. It’s a rare combination. Her calm and compassion come from who she is. Her understanding of leadership comes from what she’s done. Together, they enable her to support others, including me, to build strong foundations for remarkable achievements.

Stephen Leadership Coach

Sally-Anne is a highly qualified, knowledgeable and trustworthy executive coach, who has helped me a enormously with my personal and career development. Her input and gentle, respectful, professional approach have helped me optimise my strengths and master my weaknesses. With her help, a whole new world has opened up for me. The value of sessions with Sally-Anne is priceless.

Olga Director

Sally-Anne’s approach attends sensitively to the whole person, she asks powerful questions, and brings her expertise in the field of professional development into her coaching. I deepened my emotional and social intelligence, giving me the stronger base I needed to be more effective in my work.

Fiona Transformational Coach & Supervisor

Latest Blog Posts

The very model of a modern leader

By Sally-Anne, 20.03.22

As today’s war in Ukraine unfolds, it seems that the indomitable fighting spirit of this Cossack warrior is still very much alive. It is coursing through the veins of the people, in huge numbers, fighting for their freedom. This unifying spirit is undoubtedly the nation’s greatest defence...

For the teacher who changed my life.

By Sally-Anne, 22.01.22

I first encountered the work of Thich Nhat Hanh in 2006. We were away from home, things were tough, and I’d lost my way. Reading the exquisitely simple teachings of his “Peace is Every Step” was the clear, gentle nudge I needed to start looking at things differently...

In all the noise, listen for what matters

By Sally-Anne, 24.12.21

So here we are. Another year over, a new one about to begin. And a time, in all the noise, to carve out some quiet space to take stock. As a boss, parent, partner, colleague, friend – in other words, as a leader, ask yourself these questions...


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