Are you ready to grow as a leader?

My purpose is to help you and your team grow and succeed.

To work smarter and not harder.

To feel calm, confident, and in control of your day, every day.

To get the results you need from your team, whilst still being a great person to work for.

To reach your leadership potential!

I know from experience that even though you really could do with some development and to invest in growing your own skills, you never seem to find the time because there’s always stuff to do. But here’s the thing…there’s always going to be stuff to do. Unless you carve out time to learn and grow, nothing will ever change.

This is where I can help…by giving you the skills, confidence and mind-set to step into leadership, and get you to where you want to go.

There are 3 things that I’m passionate about:

1. Leadership starts with you.

Even though you might be the Boss, how you lead yourself matters. I’ll help you get out of your own way and give you permission to look after your own needs as well as those of your team and business.

2. People

Your team really can make the difference. I’ll show you how, so you start seeing the results you need, whether you’re recruiting a brand new team, or growing an exisiting one.


3. Simplicity

Isn’t life hard enough as it is without making things too complicated? Everything you learn from me will be straight forward, easy to understand, and ready for you to apply. In fact you’ll probably find yourself thinking ‘that’s so obvious, why didn’t I think of that?!’

“Barbara has worked with myself and the management team at Burbank Produce for the past 18 months and in that time has engaged and developed a deep and well-rounded understanding of our leadership training needs and implemented programmes to develop and fulfill leadership potential. A refreshingly non-typical approach to personal development and self-awareness; we received a tailored approach which has been insightful, commercially sound and deeply engaging for myself and everyone involved. We hope to continue working with Barbara as our business and training needs grow and I would strongly recommend her services.”

Johnathan Kershaw

Director, Burbank Produce Ltd

Who am I?


Hi, I’m Barbara Nixon and I’m all about growing leaders. Here to help you get the skills, confidence and mindset to get the results you want and need.

Over the years I’ve literally worked with hundreds of people – at all stages of their leadership journey from Team Leaders and Supervisors to Business Owners, Directors and Chief Executives to help them become confident and capable leaders and providing them with the skills they need to get results from their teams, but also from themselves.

I’d love to help you too.

 I know that you’re here because you get that you could be doing things differently. That there has to be an easier way. In fact, you probably look around and wonder – ‘how do they do that?’ when you see other people getting the results you want without tearing their hair out.

I know that you’re here because you’re ambitious, and an action taker and you’re ready to make the changes you need to get you where you want to be.

And, I know that you’re here because you’re ready to step into leadership in a new way – so that you can make that giant leap forward.

But right now, even though that’s what you want…it feels easier said than done.

Because there might be some things getting in your way.

  • You might feel like you haven’t got any spare time to focus on yourself
  • You might be really focused on developing your team
  • You might feel stuck in a bit of a rut
  • Or you might feel like you really don’t know what you need to do to progress.


Wherever you are right now in your leadership journey – I can help, because there’s one thing I do know…investing in yourself and your development is a  sure fire way to rocket fuel your career and your business.

Why struggle on your own when you don’t have to?

That’s why I created The Leadership Toolbox

Places where leaders, just like you, can:

  • Learn and develop their skills
  • Network with and support other like minded people 
  • Learn from experts in their field
  • Get the support they need to reach their potential and achieve what they want from their career
  • AND – enjoy their life in and out of work

So, what’s my background?

My own journey started with 12 years of working in corporate as a Training Manager (where I completely fell in love with developing people and especially growing leaders) for 2 of the largest retailers in the UK.

I can remember the very first time I knew that I wanted to help people grow and succeed…I was about 22 and helping out with a company induction for about 300 new managers. As I was at the side of the ‘stage’ the CEO was chatting to everyone and he said something like…’you’re all managers…someone will have helped you get to where you are now. Now’s your turn to help other people.”

And I know it might sound daft, but just at that minute I just knew that that’s what I wanted to do. Help other people grow and succeed…and I’ve been working to do that ever since.

Anyway, during my time in what I call ‘a proper job’ I really did learn my craft. I led a team of training professionals, I designed A-LOT of development programmes, I managed large scale programmes and projects, and I worked for all areas of the business…all of which I loved and it gave me fantastic experience and broad commercial knowledge.

Then in 2010 I jumped ship to start my own business. This was always something I wanted to do…and I can honestly say I’ve never looked back.

Since then I’ve had the pleasure of working within lots of different sectors (manufacturing; wholesale; universities; IT; charities…this list goes on), across the UK, Europe and USA, I published a book (The Boss Hat) and I have worked with hundreds of people helping them to grow, get the results they need and be the leaders they were always meant to be.

I’m also a Chartered Member of the CIPD, a qualified Coach, an NLP Practitioner, and as I write have over 20 years experience in the people development space.

Are you ready to stop waiting and to get started? Here’s how I can help you…

“A thoroughly professional individual delivering both practical and effective training and coaching. Is able to be flexible to meet the needs of the client business and of individuals, as well as dealing with short notice changes of scope. Most importantly Barbara is able to relate to people at all levels gaining the trust and respect that is essential in being effective in her role”

Keith Ruddock

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“Working with Barbara over the last few years on the Shorebird Webinars has been a delight. Barbara’s dedication and commitment to achieving our mutual goals, has helped to build a large following of loyal guests who consistently deliver positive feedback about her. Barbara has an engaging and approachable style which can bring even the most reserved person out of their shell, coupled with her knowledge and skill level that appeals to all abilities from the board down, will inevitably mean success for all those who work with Barbara. Always ahead of the curve and her infectious enthusiasm for thinking outside the box means that it is always a pleasure to work with Barbara.”

Lis Wilson


I know only too well that there are loads of people who do what I do. 

You have choice – and that’s great. So here’s what other people have said after we’ve worked together..

“Barbara has this knack of making you feel like she’s your best friend even if you’ve only just met.”

“As a result of us working together I can now switch off in the evenings and spend time with my family.”

“There are so many times when I’ve thought…’this makes so much sense why didn’t I think of that?’

“This girl has Jedi Powers. She always knows exactly what the problem is.”



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