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James Simmons

James Simmons takes a direct, results-driven approach to leadership coaching and leadership development, working with a broad band of leaders from aspiring leaders to C-suite executives. His coaching philosophy focuses on maximizing authenticity, building emotional intelligence and resiliency & endurance – all essential for effective, transformational leadership. James’ holistic approach to leadership coaching helps individuals increase their power to positively affect change in an organization as they become better leaders, experience greater personal satisfaction and confidence, and take full advantage of their unique talents and expertise. He helps senior leaders develop self-awareness, identify patterns of behavior, and uncover opportunities to improve performance and results. James has over a decade of experience providing leadership and direction for strategic human capital initiatives in cabinet-level agencies within the federal government. 


His portfolio spans the full spectrum of the Human Capital Lifecycle to include: systems evaluation and improvement, performance management, strategic workforce and succession planning, leader and employee development, and talent management. Specific programs within his purview are senior executive management, human resources operations, employee and labor relations, learning and development, and human capital policy and accountability; impacting over 40,000 federal employees across the nation. 


James is both creative and analytical – a problem solver and a strategic thought partner. He is a strong and passionate collaborator with a calming presence which is greatly valued in his leadership coaching role as well as in the federal government’s ever-changing, demanding environment. James completed the Excellence in Government Program sponsored by the Partnership for Public Service in 2015 and attended the Leadership for a Democratic Society at the U.S. Office of Personnel Management’s Federal Executive Institute in 2016. 


He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology from Georgia State University, a Master of Public Administration from Kennesaw State University and a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Leadership & Government Management from Tennessee Temple University. James is certified by the International Coach Federation through Georgetown University’s Executive Leadership Certificate Program.

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