Flaming Leadership​

Click here if you want to work on culture change within your organisation and in particular around gender parity. All Flaming Leadership programmes are designed for current leaders and the leaders of the future.

Dannie-Lu Carr

Click here is you are looking for team pieces on Presentation Skills, Assertiveness, Negotiation, Time Management and other communications work. At Dannie-Lu Carr Creative we work with a whole range of abilities and experience.

Flaming Leadership​

Click here if you want to work on culture change within your organisation and in particular around gender parity. All Flaming Leadership programmes are designed for current leaders and the leaders of the future.

Dannie-Lu Carr

Click here if you are looking for team pieces on Presentation Skills, Assertiveness, Negotiation, Time Management and other communications work. At Dannie-Lu Carr Creative we work with a whole range of abilities and experience.


Flaming Leadership Training develops and delivers in-house, online, and residential off-site training and coaching programmes for businesspeople.

From start to finish, we work closely with our clients to identify their needs and ensure that significant change can be implemented and sustained. We delve into equality, diversity, and inclusion, with a specific focus on getting more gender parity at leadership and senior management levels.

Flaming Leadership was set up in 2020 in response to the 17 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals and in particular, to ‘achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls.’

We seek to shift the landscape around gender parity, meaningfully challenge outdated stereotypes, and increase the number of women and non-binary people stepping up to lead.

All our work is bespoke, and we are always keen to start and lead conversations.

The work we do may include: 

  • Addressing gender dis/parity in language and behaviour
  • Creating awareness around unconscious biases and micro-aggressions
  • Establishing refreshed and fully formed narratives
  • Turning passive bystanding into assertive communication and positive action
  • Handling specific areas for development with courage and clear direction
  • Building and maintaining strong and trusting relationships
  • Identifying and developing opportunities for the advancement of women and non-binary people in business
  • Recognising and normalising the accomplishments of women and non-binary people
  • Building supportive networks of all genders to realise successful leadership strategies towards gender parity
  • Strengthening communication, resilience, and negotiation resources & support
  • Advocating self-development into a solution-focused mindset

Meet the Team

Dannie-Lu Carr

Dannie is the Founder and CEO of Flaming Leadership. She is a senior training consultant and executive coach who specialises in Communication, Personal Impact, Creativity and Women’s Leadership. Dannie has been designing, developing and delivering training for over 20 years across a wide range of business, educational and charity sectors.

She is also a published author, acting coach, singer/songwriter, actor and award-winning theatre director. Dannie founded Creative Wavelengths, a linguistic and diagnostic tool for Creativity and Innovation in Organisations in 2017, following her acclaimed TEDx talk ‘The Inconvenient Truth for Culture’ in 2015.

Her work brings issues around female and non-binary leadership and the accomplishment of gender parity to the centre of the table, giving people the implementable skills with which to initiate change. She is a regular public speaker and guest panellist on a range of issues around women and non-binary people and the realities that they face at work and in society.

Robert Stephenson

Robert has a background that has roots in performance and theatre, and his journey to life coaching, and training, has taken him along a path of varied experience and learning. He originally trained as an actor and mime artist, and physical theatre was a big part of Robert’s early work. Specialising in theatre and education within schools, he has worked collaboratively with a number of organisations such as Creative Partnerships and A New Direction, where he delivered training alongside Educational Consultant Mathilda Joubert, a collaboration that sparked my initial interest in coaching.

Robert have also been involved with different aspects of higher education institutions; having worked on degrees at several universities; running a module in Theatre and Education at Essex University, as well as contributing work to Anglia Ruskin’s Masters in Education and the Arts.

He has been on an incredible journey of self-development and consistently expanded both his training and coaching skill set. Initially training as an NLP Practitioner and hypnotherapist, Robert then went on to pass his Diploma in Transformational Coaching, before adding a number of other accredited coach training courses to his toolkit, including David Drake’s Narrative Coaching, Simon Western’s Analytic Network Coaching & Peter Hawkins Advanced Coaching.

Robert is highly involved the allyship and co-conspirator areas of Flaming Leadership’s work.

Sarah Gillespie

Sarah is a British/ American singer songwriter known for combing elements of folk, jazz and blues with her trademark poetic lyricism. She’s toured internationally for over 12 years and received outstanding reviews for her 4 albums of original music.

In 2020 Gillespie launched the Create Now Academy providing transformative mentorship programs, workshops and retreats to women all over the world. Combining elements of poetry, mindset, philosophy and strategic tools, the Create Now Academy is on a mission to alchemise talents and ignite sustainable careers for women in the Arts.

Indra A. Books

With 25 years of award-winning coaching and leadership experience in both the private and public sectors around the globe, Indra has a passion for working with organizations to effect meaningful, goal-oriented change resulting in high-performing and inclusive team culture. Indra is regularly invited to lead workshops and talks, and continues to shift the focus from process concerns to investments in culture, people, and mindset.

Indra founded Agility for All to move organizations past mechanics to deeper environmental change; creating cultures founded in the definition of agility; being flexible and able to adapt quickly. Every discussion with Indra starts with “What is the problem you are trying to solve?” not by applying the latest buzzword frameworks and methodologies without purpose.

Indra strives to help redefine how people show up and interact through her group coaching programs and consulting, thus producing an environment of higher retention, engagement, and performance. Indra hopes to continue to foster an environment for all voices to be heard and thrive.

Laura Kean

Laura has over 20 years of international consulting experience. She began her career in HR Business Partnering in finance and then worked in telecoms and media before becoming an independent consultant.

She has worked with a range of clients across the public and private and specialises in Diversity and Inclusion, supporting women and people with disabilities to overcome barriers to progression. Laura also works with managers to understand the legal, ethical and business imperatives to challenging problematic behaviours and moving beyond compliance to inclusion.

Laura works comfortably at all levels, facilitating workshops and conversations for Executive Boards, Graduates, Apprentices and front-line workers.  She has experience of designing and delivering “positive action” programmes for women and working specifically with female leaders on topics such as assertiveness, communication, emotional intelligence and negotiation skills.

In-House Programmes

Flaming Leadership in-house programmes are carefully tailored to fit the needs and goals of the organisation and the individuals within it.

Potential coaching sessions may include conversations around:

  • Confidence versus resilience
  • Micro-aggressions, labelling
  • The impact of language
  • Unconscious biases

These conversations need to be had if we are to manage the significant change into stronger gender parity at executive level.

There are issues around intersectionality which often need addressing, such as issues of race, gender identity, ableism, motherhood, childlessness, being childfree, and fertility issues of all kinds.

An in-house programme is a minimum of six half-day sessions, and we will work closely with the participants and organisation to customise and develop the programme. An example of a Flaming Leadership in-house programme might look like this:

  • What is leadership & why we need more female and non-binary leaders
  • Where are you currently & where do you want to be?
  • Uncovering your existing narratives & challenging your limiting beliefs
  • Impactful communication: speaking up, asking questions, and the importance of language
  • Playing to your strengths and owning your self-worth
  • Identifying your values, vision, and goals
  • Creating and setting boundaries
  • Handling challenge and staying assertive
  • Navigating the demands of leading
  • Issues of race, ableism, and identity
  • Creating and implementing something new
  • Peer-to-peer coaching

Offsites (or In-House) for Women and Non-Binary

The Flaming Leadership offsites give women and non-binary people the opportunity to fully immerse in their professional and personal development in the leadership space.

Every year we run 2-3 offsites. We vary the locations and have so far run them in both Spain and the UK. These offsite training programmes offer all-inclusive, travel-immersive experiences to disconnect from the corporate setting and focus on you as a leader.

As well as providing opportunities to enjoy good food and find private time, the offsites are designed to provide an intensive space to explore and shift the narratives and patterns which have been preventing movement in your world and work.

The objectives of the retreats are to:

  • Develop an understanding of leadership mindset and how to create your own
  • Practice techniques for self-awareness, trust building, and personal impact
  • Explore how to connect to your own values and sense of purpose
  • Examine how you currently show up and how you want to show up in the future
  • Raise awareness of biases and how to challenge and change the narratives effectively
  • Delve into how others perceive you and how this impacts your interactions
  • Learn how to ask powerful questions and address difficult conversations
  • Identify how to take mental and physical space and how to speak up and use your voice effectively
  • Investigate how to successfully navigate tough negotiations, and how to set and maintain boundaries
  • Command and maintain your own energy, resources, and connections amidst your leadership demands
  • Master assertiveness, agility, and resilience
  • Inspire creativity, innovation, and cohesion in female and non-binary leadership

Note: These programmes are designed to bring women and non-binary people together from different organisations.

If your organisation wants to host 10-12 people in an intensive offsite or create an in-house programme based on the above, please contact us.

Allyship in Leadership Programme for Men

As we open up the conversations about parity in leadership, it can shake the foundations of what has been the ‘traditional’ model. This may impact men in organisations in a way that can be disorientating. For this reason, it is important to create conversations which help to navigate these changes cohesively. This is why we developed the Allyship in Leadership Programme for Men.

This programme will be tailored to the specific needs of an organisation and should be no less than six half days. In these programmes, we may address themes such as:

    • Understanding where our attitudes towards women and non-binary people come from
    • Defining male values in relationship to women and non-binary people
    • Unpacking assumptions and unconscious biases
    • When a ‘woman’ doesn’t fit an image currently held, what happens to the thinking, feeling, relating, and working relationships?
    • Addressing how the changing landscapes influence self-image and self-worth
    • An exploration of language and ownership of understanding
    • Redefining leadership
    • Creating open conversation and safe feedback
    • Championing a culture of learning and growth

Please get in touch to discuss how we can make this programme work for you, your people, and your organisation.

To discuss any of our offerings, please contact one of our consultants directly here

Executive Coaching One to Ones

Flaming Leadership Executive Coaching for Leadership is designed for anyone who wants to refine how they show up and meet the demands of being a leader. We work with men, women, trans and non-binary people, who want to both influence and see positive change in their work culture.

Our executive coaching sessions are tailored to the individual. They may include work such as:

    • What is your why?
    • How are you showing up?
    • Your strengths and biases
    • Empathetic vs. Dismissive listening
    • Limiting beliefs
    • Difficult conversations
    • Burnout
    • Managing your time and energy
    • Creative problem solving
    • Impactful change
    • Leaders as coaches

Our executive coaching packages run as a minimum of 6 x 90 minutes sessions. Get in touch if you or your organisation could benefit from these sessions.

To discuss any of our offerings, please contact one of our consultants directly here

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