Neelima Chakara

Executive Coach

Neelima Chakara

Executive Coach

Neelima is an ICF-certified coach and a certified facilitator for Google’s global initiative ‘I am Remarkable’ to empower everyone to speak confidently about their work. The World HRD Congress listed her among India’s top 100 most influential coaching leaders (2023).

Neelima works with executives globally to increase their impact and fast-track their careers. She helps them enhance their capacity and effectiveness by managing themselves and others better. She believes that leaders are made, not born, and she loves to combine her corporate experience and coaching expertise to help her clients be the leaders they want to become.

Before becoming a coach, she worked in various roles for 23+ years with global organizations like KPMG, EY GDS, Infosys, etc. She led large teams, represented her organization in global transformation projects, and coached and mentored many. In addition to coaching, she serves on the Board of the North India Chapter of the Project Management Institute.

She likes to meditate, do yoga, and enjoys nature walks and climbing hills.

About Neelima

Watch this video to learn more about Neelima’s coaching style, techniques, tools, and background. Discover what challenges she most enjoys in her work with clients, and what she is passionate about.

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“Coaching with Neelima made me open up, think beyond the obvious, explore more from within, and let me think from different perspectives. She enjoys her work and extends coaching wholeheartedly. The outcome of these discussions helped me to understand my management style and the improvements required. She is well-equipped with various structured frameworks and processes, leading me to experience clarity of thought and empowerment for the next steps. Her professionalism, knowledge, patience, and empathy inspired me to listen better, lead with curiosity, probe deeper, motivate subordinates, and handle people of various cultures/tribes. I also realized changes required to improve and kept working on them. I am better prepared now to take on higher responsibilities and challenging situations at professional & personal levels.”

—Raja Muni Tamrakar, State Retail Head at Indian Oil Corporation Limited

“Executive Leadership Coaching with Neelima helped me settle into the new role. The structured coaching sessions helped me be an action-taker in the early days of my new role and overcome challenging situations at the new organization.”

—Shelly Midha, Technical Delivery Lead, Guardian Life

“I was fortunate to have Neelima as my first coach. When I started, I was full of doubts about myself, my career, and my direction, but through my interactions with her, I gained much-needed clarity and the ability to set priorities. She is a patient listener and used questions to guide me to realize the answers for myself. Furthermore, as she is also from the Professional Services industry, she provided much-needed insight into my role/career.”

—VP – Operations at an IT Company in Bangkok

“I approached Neelima as a coach when I moved to a senior management position in another organization. In addition to being a patient listener, she is also very focused and action-oriented. Her methods help you realize the changes you need to make to your approach, thought process, and habits. Since she has been in corporate/consulting for many years, she can easily relate to and understand your challenges. She is an excellent coach for anyone who wants to become a seasoned professional.”

—Raju J, HR Professional in a Telecom Group, Qatar

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Neelima uses her extensive corporate experience and coaching expertise to help ambitious, result-oriented professionals succeed by solving their biggest leadership challenges. She has helped professionals in the following areas –

  • Transition to new leadership roles
  • Integrate into their new roles and establish themselves as leaders
  • Deal with uncertainty and ambiguity
  • Enhance their visibility and influence
  • Be emotionally clued-in leaders
  • Increase capacity by managing self and others better
  • Manage focus
  • Handle stress

Education / Certifications

  • ICF certified ACC coach

  •  Enhanced Practitioner – ACE Coach Accelerator

  •  Certified Life Coach, Certified Coaches Alliances

  •  Project Management Professional (PMP), PMI

  •  Cost and Management Accounting from Institute of Cost and Management Accountants, India

  •  Economics Hons, Sri Venkateswara College, Delhi University, India

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