Propelling you to Leadership Excellence

In a world of technology-driven social and economic disruption, leaders face an unprecedented need to be able to adapt and flex their thinking to future risks and opportunities; to be transparent, authentic and emotionally aware; and to be able to have traction across different generations and cultures. As our working lives lengthen and traditional careers decline, leaders need the resilience to step up and also down, as the roles they play vary in multiple ways and at different times.

The Brand

We work with both existing and emerging leaders to develop the skills and mental resilience they need to thrive in today’s ever-changing and fast-paced environment. At the heart of our approach is the belief that to meet the demands placed upon the modern leader, individuals must be continually growing and renewing their thinking, each time emerging stronger and more competent.

The Story

Phoenix Leaders, founded by Valentina Kislaya, began in Cyprus in 2015 as a leadership and executive training consultancy. After relocating to the UK, Valentina has since established herself in London and in Cyprus as an advocate of training that challenges how we learn and lead. She believes passionately in a reinvigoration of the traditional training approach and the evolution of courses that are more dynamic, more experiential and interactive, and more impactful through practical applications. Phoenix Leaders builds on Valentina’s cross-cultural and cross-generational experience to encompass all levels throughout an organisation, recognising the shift in leadership models and the changing influences that are disrupting our work environments.

The Process

Our experts understand that in order for leaders to respond successfully to the demands of their roles and the continuously evolving marketplace in which they operate, executives require training tailored to their own individual situations.

We use business psychology, corporate experience and neuroscience to build our training sessions, tailoring the courses to fit your company’s vision and values.  As such, every training will be slightly different, delivered in-house and shaped to fit the needs of your organisation and team.

Our courses concentrate on impact and sustainability, developing skills and mindset that allow you to continuously adapt and grow. Authenticity needs to be at the heart of how you function as an executive and a leader, having a clear understanding of your company’s vision and values, enables you to engage others (your team, your clients, your peers) fully.

Some of the topics we cover in a typical course are:

We carry out a personality test and de-brief session with a business psychologist before the training.

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The Collective

Our team combines leadership experts from around the world, all of whom have lived in multiple countries and worked with a wide range of companies and organisations. Their combined experience ensures that our courses are highly relevant and practical, taught not only by academic and scientific experts but by those who have had considerable leadership experience themselves.

Valentina Kislaya, Founder and CEO

Valentina is an insightful coach and leadership advisor with a dynamic style and an eye for detail. She works with leaders globally to help them inspire multi-generational and multi-cultural teams in a world of changing business models and non-traditional ways of working. Valentina is passionate about promoting an authentic, sustainable and impactful leadership style.

Valentina studied organisational leadership at Stanford Business and Columbia Business Schools.

Alina Lintch, Advisor

Alina has spent her career as a trusted Chief of Staff and ADC to various individuals across a number of different industries and sectors. Her experience in creating and leading diverse teams in high-pressure environments runs from luxury yachts to the music and entertainment industries, to a Royal Family.

Alina is an ambassador of an industry-agnostic approach to leadership, and brings her experience of fashion design, high standards of luxury service as well as corporate experience to her role at Phoenix Leaders. She has worked globally for big corporates as well as High Net Worth Individuals and Family Offices. Her experience spans 8 countries on 3 continents and she speaks 3 languages.

Anna Poulouzasvili, Cyprus Office Manager

Based in Cyprus, Anna is the Office Manager at Phoenix Leaders, overseeing the smooth running of the office on a day to day basis and supporting the team and their clients. Prior to joining Phoenix Leaders, Anna worked in a number of architecturally-focused roles in in both Cyprus and the UK.

Anna speaks fluent Greek and English and has a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) degree in Architectural Conservation from the University of Derby.

Simon Ashton, Business Psychologist

Simon is a business psychologist, recruitment specialist and accredited psychometric practitioner, with over 15 years' experience supporting the retail, hospitality, financial and sales industries.

Founder of Canoe Consulting, Simon provides selection, assessment and talent management services to organisations across the UK and Europe, tailoring advice to enable modern leaders to develop themselves and their employees in a continually evolving workplace.

Simon uses a combination of scientific rigour and a deep appreciation of how people act, think and feel, to provide psychological insights which help to achieve tangible business outcomes. These include increasing productivity and employee engagement, adapting more successfully to change, helping staff reach their potential, and attracting high performers.

Gordon Dootson, Business Coach

Gordon provides executive 1:1 team coaching services and leadership and business mentoring to professionals in the UK and Europe. Gordon spent 25 years working for Deloitte in London, the last 18 years of which were spent as a Tax Partner in various leadership roles including UK Financial Services Tax Practice until 2016.

Gordon utilises the perspectives gained from over 30 years' experience working in large corporate environments to challenge and support his clients and help them better articulate their business cases for promotion to leadership roles.

Gordon is an International Coach Federation credentialed coach, Results Certified Coach and Systemic team coach.

Scott Laidler, Health and Fitness Coach

Scott is a health and fitness coach who has worked in his field for ten years across three continents, in over 30 countries and has delivered over 10,000 hours of one-to-one personal training. Scott is very experienced in the film industry, ensuring leading actors are in peak physical and mental shape for their film roles. Scott believes passionately that the relationship between mental and physical health is a driver for leadership success.

Scott has used his considerable international experience to study fitness industry methods, trends and psychology from across different cultures and perspectives. He believes that fitness is about feeling and looking better not just in the short term but for years to come and that short-term goals should not be at the expense of your long term physical and mental health. Scott is an established commentator on topical health subjects and is regularly featured on U.K television & radio, as well as in media publications globally. He has a regular fitness column in The Telegraph and health blog with the Huffington Post.

Jennifer Carlson, HR Consultant

Jennifer brings years of global and domestic leadership experience to her human resources consulting practice, JP Carlson Consulting in 2007. Based in California, Jennifer has established a reputation for delivering honest and insightful advice to clients across diverse industries from healthcare and technology to entertainment and professional sports. Prior to founding JP Carlson Consulting, Jennifer led HR departments at mortgage companies ACC Capital Holdings and Ameriquest. She also spent 8 years at Disney in a number of roles including as an HR Business Partner and Director of their training program where she oversaw the design and development of 89 courses to be delivered to 120,000 employees in 690 business units, 42 countries and 11 languages.

Jennifer has a proven track record in helping businesses achieve their true potential through effective HR management. She promotes a fresh and engaging approach in her consulting, shaping a bespoke programme of training and development with the client's specific needs in mind. Using this method she has helped organisations improve internal efficiency, developed complex training programs, led major change initiatives impacting multiple business divisions, and created internal employee brands.

Peter Finkelstein, M.D.

Former physician and psychiatrist, Peter has helped organisations to enhance their performance by examining and changing their internal dynamics, leadership and team practices for 16 years. Having founded his own consultancy, Upstart Logic, Peter is an expert in fostering successful teams and high-performance cultures.

For the past twelve years Peter has worked with the Leading Change and Organizational Renewal (LCOR) executive course at both Stanford and Harvard Universities, designing and participating in the action learning component of the course, facilitating work groups, and training other facilitators in the action learning approach.

Peter holds a B.A. in Literature at Columbia College and an M.D. from Michigan State University. He completed his residence and post-doctoral fellowship at The Stanford Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences.

The Club

In line with our vision of modern leadership, we launched The Phoenix Leaders Members’ Club in 2018. The Club is an exciting new working space where you can do business in a dynamic and agile way. The Club provides excellent networking opportunities to like-minded and high-achieving individuals, as well as supporting the interactive and intellectual side of leadership through events.


We have a number of public training and leadership events planned for 2018. We will be running regular events in our Members’ Club with world class guest speakers on a variety of topics, including digital leadership, neuroscience, how to employ, engage and retain millennials and mental resilience in times of change.

For further information on all upcoming and past events, please click here.

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Get in touch

Nicosia office

Agion Omologiton 97,
Agioi Omologites,
1080 Nicosia
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+357 22 818 000

London office

12 Hay Hill, Mayfair,
United Kingdom
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+44 20 7952 6000