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Sunny Stout-Rostron, PhD

Western Cape, South Africa
Sunny Strout-Rostron, Executive Coaching Connections, Western Cape, South Africa

Sunny Stout-Rostron coaches at senior executive as well as board level and has a wide range of experience in leadership development and business strategy. With over 25 years’ international experience as an executive coach, Sunny believes there is a strong link between emotional intelligence and business results – she works with executive leaders and their teams to help them achieve individual, team and organizational goals.

Sunny’s philosophy is that coaching is about helping clients to ‘learn from and create wisdom from their own experience’. Looking at ‘mastery of practice’ rather than simply ‘being the expert’ to progress our own and our clients’ personal and professional growth, Sunny encourages coaches and clients to create the space for conversations that get to the heart of issues and concerns that can create change at an individual, team and systemic level. Her coaching looks at deepening the level of conversation to move from performance (what needs to be done differently), to learning (what learning is needed cognitively and emotionally for change to happen in terms of thinking, feeling and behaviour), and being and becoming (who are you, how do you do you, and who do you want to become).

She has developed a range of international programmes for leaders and business coaches in the corporate, legal and education fields. Sunny has developed a succession of leadership and management development programs within the corporate sector in the UK, USA and South Africa. Her current clients are SASOL, Vodacom, Standard Bank, Johnson 'n Johnson, Pick 'n Pay, Cummins Filtration International, BBDO Cape Town, Network BBDO and ESKOM. Sunny is currently in the process of collaboratively setting up the Institute of Leadership and Professional Development (ILPD) in South Africa.

Her new book, Leadership Coaching for Results: Cutting-edge practices for coach and client is available online and in print from March 2014


  • DiSC Profile
  • Enneagram
  • European Mentoring and Coaching Council (EMCC)
  • FIRO-B Psychometrics
  • Hogan Assessment Instruments
  • Leadership Styles Inventory
  • Myers Briggs Type Indicator®
  • NLP Trainer
  • Personal and Professional Coaching with Neuro-Linguistic Programming
  • Situational Leadership II
  • The Achievement Network Process
  • Thomas Kilman Conflict Mode Instrument
  • Trained in Organizational Relationship and Systems Coaching (ORSC)


  • Professional Doctorate in Executive Coaching and Business Psychology, Middlesex University London UK
  • Master of Arts in Comparative History, Politics and Literature, University of Sussex, Brighton UK
  • Hons Bachelor of Arts in Comparative Literature and Linguistics, University of Portsmouth
  • Associate in Arts Hons, French, English and Psychology (Foothill College, extension University of California at Berkeley) Professional
  • Accredited Achievement Network Consultant and Coach
  • Coach Supervision Diploma (Coach Development UK)
  • Finance for Non-Financial Managers, University of Cape Town
  • Accredited Time to Think Coach, Consultant and Facilitator
  • Accredited Insights Discovery Process Consultant, Coach and Facilitator
  • Academic and practitioner research assessor (PDF London)
  • NLP Practitioner and NLP Master Practitioner Certificate (ITS London Advanced Human Technologies, Cape Town)
  • Master Certificate in Training Trainers and Facilitators, France

Practice Areas

  • 360-Degree Feedback
  • Business Consulting
  • Change Management
  • Coaching For Results
  • Collaboration Across Boundaries
  • Collaborative Coaching
  • Communications
  • Conflict Resolution
  • Cross-Cultural Coaching
  • Culture Alignment & Change Management
  • Engineering And Other Knowledge Organizations
  • Executive Coaching
  • Executive On-Boarding
  • Executive Team Coaching & Development
  • Expatriation & Cross Cultural Effectiveness
  • High-Potential Executive
  • Instructional/Program Design
  • IT
  • Leadership Development
  • Management
  • Meeting/Program Facilitation
  • Non-Profits
  • Organizational Effectiveness
  • Strategic HR & Organizational Consulting
  • Team Coaching & Facilitation
  • Team Intervention
  • Transition Coaching
  • Visioning & Strategic Planning
  • Workshops

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