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"The Conductor doesn't
make a sound.
He depends on others to
play their instruments for
his power.
And his power is great, but
he cannot play the instruments
for them."

Ben Zander ~
Boston Philharmonic Orchestra,

Sofia Calheiros

Sofia Calheiros, PCC

Executive Coach


Professional Expertise

Based in Portugal, Sofia Calheiros is a Professional Certified Coach (PCC) by ICF, an Associate of LCPI, and Senior Partner at the first Coaching Company in Portugal. Sofia is a highly qualified and experienced coach, consultant and trainer with over 20 years’ experience. She is also a qualified psychotherapist. For the past 12 years, she has worked most of her time as a Facilitator, Trainer & Coach, and has extensive expertise in both management and organizational development, gained within a variety of sectors and organizations, worldwide. Prior to her career as a coach-trainer, Sofia worked for eight years as HR Manager of an aviation business with more than 500 employees. She facilitates in several languages, such as Portuguese, French and English, delivering a full range of learning interventions on topics such as leadership, coaching skills, negotiation skills and team effectiveness. Sofia has an open, yet direct coaching style. She has the presence and ability to build rapport and trust at all levels, and the skills to help clients develop key leadership skills and the confidence to lead. Sofia has coached leaders and managers at all levels, from high potentials, General Managers and junior staff, to Managing Directors, CEOs and FDs.

Professional Experience

Sofia Calheiros has developed a very complete portfolio in the entire areas of HR within organizations; talent management, change management and performance evaluation. She has been facilitator in the following areas: Training, Learning & Selection, Leadership Development, Recruitment & Selection and Executive Coaching & Mentoring. Sofia Calheiros worked inside organizations before deciding to start her Company more than 20 years ago. As well, she has the experience of being invited as Interim Manager & Coach. She has worked with a diverse range of international and national organizations such as Ford, Ernst & Young Fnac, Shell, Sommer-Allibert, Portugal Telecom, Renault, Alcatel Telecom, Sonae, Cimpor, several Portuguese government agencies and hospitals, Siemens, Sanofi-Synthelabo, Microsoft, Staple Office Centre, GlaxoSmithKline, Unilever, Vodafone, and Gant.

Professional Development

Sofia Calheiros received her PCC Coaching Certification from the International Coaching Federation. She also set up the Portuguese Chapter for the ICF - International Coach Federation, and is currently the Chapter Leader. She has a degree in Psychology (Master), a Post-Graduation in Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapy, and she studied Medicine in France for two years at the Renné Descartes Medical University.

Sofia is certified in the “The Coaching Clinic Licensing Program®”, by Corporate Coach U (Chicago, USA) and in the “Positive Power and Influence Program®” by Situation Management Systems, Inc. (Nashua, USA).   She is qualified on a variety of assessment tools such as Myers-Briggs Type Indicator® (MBTI®) by OPP (Oxford, UK), Personal Coaching Style Indicator(PCSI®)by Coach U (Chicago, USA), Organizational Climate Survey® (OCS®) and Inventory of Leadership Style® (ILS®) by Hay/McBer (Boston, USA).