The Essential Group LLC - a message from our Founder, Kore Koubourlis
We are a boutique leadership development consultancy, providing targeted performance elevating solutions to elite organizations (including Adidas, Apple, Intel, Facebook, Salesforce, Microsoft, and Zillow, to share a few names you might recognize). We work with our clients individually, in a group format, and at scale for our large and geographically dispersed organizational clients.
While I began this firm as an individual practitioner, I have been fortunate in delivering solid results to appreciative clients over time. As a result, my company has grown to include a selection of extremely talented leadership coaches, executive advisors, and thought leaders, hand selected by me, who meet the level of quality I am committed to providing to you.
The team at the Essential Group has been drawn together by several factors, one being our shared belief that a new way of working is emerging. This new way of working is oriented around business as a key lever through which we can create and influence world change. But we can only do that if we have conscious leaders in place at all levels of the organization, people who are awake and mindful, open and curious, and masterful at communication and coordination across boundaries of all kind. The aim of the developmental work we drive hand-in-hand with our clients is to create more leaders who can show up with these qualities.
Founder and Principal
- Executive advisor & leadership coach
- Curator of leadership solutions for corporations
- Creator of online leadership development curricula
- Harvard University, Alumni Mentor
- Project W, 1:1 With Black Founders Initiative
- Washington State Opportunity Scholarship, Executive Leadership Committee and Mentor
- J.D., Harvard Law School; B.A., Washington State University
- Certified Integral Coach, New Ventures West
- Professional Certified Coach (PCC Designation), International Coach Federation
- Certified Practitioner, Leadership Circle Profile
- Connoisseur of creative conversations, real live human being
The Essential Group is a collective of highly skilled professional coaches that deliver our services.
Team bios available on request.
My mission now is helping individuals and organizations discover & act from what really matters – the essentials – so that they can grow and thrive through deep engagement in service of achieving remarkable results.
Over the past several years, I’ve had the privilege of coaching hundreds of clients located around the globe. I work with professionals who are high performing and excited by the idea of shaping a way of life based on personal excellence (yes, excited, even though they may not know what that means before our work together begins). Clients who will gain the most from working with me are ready to make a commitment to their own growth. Very often, my clients self-identity as lifelong learners who seek to understand their own part in things, and who appreciate candor, a commitment to quality, and a sense of humor.
I founded The Essential Group in 2013 to provide leadership solutions and executive coaching to individuals and teams who want to perform at the edge of what is possible for them, the place where growth, meaning, and impact overlap. I work on the mindset, behavioral, and tactical levels simultaneously to help them get there.
In my work, I leverage over 18 years’ experience with top law firms and technology companies, including a rise to the executive level at Microsoft. In my various business roles, I've had the opportunity to learn how to influence broad, globally dispersed workforces, to create change, and to study human behavior in action. My work as a performance coach to elite professionals allows me to continue this close examination of human behavior.
Before that, my study of human behavior began with my early fascination with various mythological and folk traditions and theories of consciousness. What this means is, if we work together, I bring to the table not only a consistent record of high-impact results (and all the lessons learned along the way), but also a thoughtfully curated understanding of multiple traditions, all of which will be funneled into results. For you.
I have completed a rigorous program of post-graduate study and certification in Integral Coaching achieving the Professional Coach Certification designation from New Ventures West, where I now serve as Adjunct Faculty. I have also achieved the Professional Certified Coach from the International Coach Federation. I earned a J.D. from Harvard Law School and a B.A. from Washington State University.
Most importantly, I have first-hand experience with being a real, live human being, committed to deep conversations, great relationships, and living on purpose. My work as a professional coach and consultant provides the ideal platform for me to act on that commitment every day.
“My experiences with “the people side of business,” and my passion for personal growth, led me to launch The Essential Group to focus my efforts full-time on identifying and creating the essential habits, systems, and frameworks that support the development and sustainment of humans living at their greatest potential.”
- Kore Koubourlis, The Essential Group Founder