About Darren Overfield

As an executive coach and leadership consultant, I have spent thousands of hours with hundreds of executives and their teams across a wide range of industries and company sizes, from small family businesses to Fortune 50 organizations, from academic medical centers to law schools.

My greatest accomplishments are what my clients achieve. Just as successful executives lead by balancing paradoxical demands, I help leaders increase their effectiveness by integrating three pairs of opposing yet complementary skillsets.


Prior to becoming an organizational consultant, Darren Overfield, held management positions at General Electric and Genworth Financial in IT, marketing, and as a Six Sigma Black Belt. He earned a master’s degree in clinical psychology from the University of Virginia and an MBA from North Carolina State University. He was trained as an executive coach at the Center for Creative Leadership (CCL), where he has served as an adjunct faculty member since 2007.

Darren is also an author, speaker, and researcher on the subjects of leadership and teams. He has published articles in Harvard Business Review online, Chief Learning Officer, Consulting Psychology Journal, and The Psychologist-Manager Journal, and he has presented at professional conferences such as the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology and the Society of Consulting Psychology.

On the personal side, Darren is an avid distance runner, having completed two marathons and a 200-mile relay race from Mount Hood to Seaside, Oregon. He loves to backpack, cook, and garden. He and his wife Carrie are the proud parents of two daughters.

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Real-world management expertise + a thorough understanding of the science of leadership, learning, and change. My work is guided by personal, hands-on management experience and by training in how to apply research-based psychology to the workplace.

Experience in implementing proven approaches + in designing next-generation tools and methodologies. My process is a rigorous combination of tried-and-true methods, grounded in empirical research and informed by previous experience, and cutting-edge ideas generated by the best minds in the leadership field, and it addresses generally recognized developmental challenges while at the same time focusing on a client’s specific needs.

Supporting individual growth and development + delivering organizational results. I build strong relationships with clients so that they trust me to be a confidential advisor and impartial sounding board. This involves providing candid feedback, balanced with the support necessary for executives to take the risks inherent in change and to grow as leaders and as people. In conjunction with helping individuals improve as leaders, I coach teams as intact units as they solve problems more complex than any executive can address singlehandedly. An important outcome of executive development is increased self-awareness. But self-awareness by itself does not lead to improved performance. What matters most is applying what one learns to real-world situations where the stakes are high and emotions run strong. To achieve significant, sustainable changes in behavior, I help executives and teams set goals, create effective action plans, and rigorously assess progress. As with other aspects of business, in the pursuit of leadership effectiveness, “What gets measured, gets managed.”