Nayla Bahri

Greater NYC Area

As a coach, consultant, faculty member, and facilitator, Nayla Bahri brings the best of research and practice to an empathic, heart-led practice of helping people and organizations thrive.  Nayla brings more than 20 years of experience into partnerships with clients and collaborators to develop leadership awareness and skills, promote career growth and satisfaction, improve employee, student and community engagement, and establish learning communities. Nayla was the longtime Dean of Students at Columbia Business School where she coached and taught thousands of students and co-founded the Leadership Lab, the clearinghouse for leadership activities for MBA and EMBA students. Subsequently, Nayla led the learning and development team for a private equity-held global medical diagnostics organization, creating and leading initiatives including culture and employee engagement strategy, performance management innovation, management curriculum, leadership coaching and workplace learning.  She has coached, consulted and taught for many organizations across industries. Nayla co-hosts the podcast, Inside Job, and teaches at the graduate level at Columbia University. Nayla graduated from Smith College and the University of Pennsylvania and has a doctorate in Adult Learning and Leadership from Columbia University. She is a PCC level member of the International Coaching Federation (ICF), and is certified in the Korn Ferry 360 Voices and Learning Agility Instruments, DDI Instruments, Immunity to Change and the Hogan Assessment System.


“I have had many 360’s over the years and I have to say that I would wish for every person that they have someone as insightful, delicate in delivery yet direct, compassionate and approachable as Nayla. That is truly what can help our leaders in their development.” – Senior Global Director, Customer Enablement, Medical Diagnostics

“Nayla is someone I have immense respect for, and I greatly appreciate her investment in me. Nayla provided exactly the type of coaching experience I had hoped to receive, and I would highly recommend her as an executive coach. With her help, I learned how to use and employ my strengths rather than being victim to them (passion and intensity come to mind), and how to focus on more strategic priorities vs. tactical objectives alone, and how to communicate with my leaders so they understand what I’m doing. I truly don’t know what else she could have done to make this experience more valuable.”  – Director of Sales, Software Company

“I so very much appreciate the commitment, compassion and realness that Nayla has brought to my coaching. This level of partnership is a new experience for me and having someone challenge my thinking and approach our work in a way that allows me to learn and be better, more confident, more effective is worth its weight in gold.” – EVP Operations, Retail

“I just wanted to say how insightful it has been to have Nayla as a partner for my 360, especially 2 years in a row. I would say that especially this year having her insight and helping me dissect how I can be more impactful in my role, as well as helping me better articulate myself and communicate with my leadership team has been invaluable.”




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“My dream job post coaching is to own and run an independent bookstore in the Berkshires or Adirondacks.”