Stephen  Burt Author of Evaluating Organization Development

Stephen Burt

Gibsonstarr Ltd

Stephen Burt is a leadership coach and facilitator, working internationally with senior leaders across a broad range of sectors. He writes and speaks on diverse issues that challenge leaders or coaches. He has a particular interest in the qualities and skills of great listeners, and how leaders and coaches find their voice and their personal purpose. His mission as a writer is to improve theory and practice of coaching and leadership by ensuring that each is informed by the other.


Stephen Burt is a seasoned Coach and Facilitator, working at senior levels specializing in leadership, personal effectiveness, and transition.  Before becoming a coach, Stephen’s career spanned teaching, research on educational and equality, and in-house consultancy on management and leadership. He then spent 12 years as a senior civil servant providing policy advice to education ministers on diverse topics. This experience grounded his understanding of what it takes to lead others and deliver, particularly in times of uncertainty.

Stephen set up Gibsonstarr Ltd in 2009 to act as focus for his own work as a leadership coach and as a platform for collaboration with others in designing and delivering innovative leadership programmes. His clients span the private, public and not-for-profit sectors and they seek him out to collaborate in creating learning events that are enjoyable, practical and sustainable.

His interest in the skills, mind-set and presence of the impactful listener stem from both his work as a coach and his experience of what makes an effective leader. This culminated in the publication of his first book, ‘The art of listening in coaching and mentoring’ in June 2019. He frequently speaks and runs workshops on listening for coaches, in-company leadership groups and executive MBA students at top business schools.

Stephen also has a keen interest in mastery, particularly as it applies to coaching. He draws lessons from a range of ‘parallel worlds’ of practice and from his own experience of performing jazz and improvised comedy. He has written articles on coaching mastery and led events for the European Mentoring and Coaching Council (EMCC), the London Coaching Group, the Academy of Executive Coaching, Civil Service internal coaches and NHS Leadership Academies.

His current research focuses on the impact of great listeners in an organisational setting. This is complemented by continuing exploration of how a clear and deep sense of purpose grounds effective leadership and enables leaders to find their authentic voice.

Stephen is committed to sharing his experience and testing his emerging understanding. He contributes to Coaching at Work magazine, the EMCC International Journal, The Listener and writes an irregular blog on coaching and leadership that can be found on his website, and on

Areas of Research / Professional Expertise

    Leadership, coaching, listening, mastery, personal impact, purpose, authentic voice

Personal Interests

    Jazz, improvised comedy, tennis, sustainable travel



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