Elias Westerdahl FRSA has been a consultant with the Centre for Synchronous Leadership (CSL) since 2013. His role involves executive coaching, supporting the training of senior leaders and their teams, and conducting research on business trends relating to leadership, diversity, sustainability, and well-being.
Elias is Principal Coach for Walk the Tightrope, CSL’s signature leadership programme, and has a proven track record in coaching clients on career planning, navigating stakeholder relationships, and managing teams. He has also co-led the interview process for the Mindful Exclusion initiative. To date, this sample includes qualitative interviews with almost 200 employee network leaders / sponsors and diversity leads in the UK spanning gender, ethnicity, and LGBTQ+ strands.
Outside of client work, Elias is an active contributor to several grassroots initiatives with a meaningful impact on society. Elias serves as a judge for the PRECIOUS Awards, founded over a decade ago to celebrate the professional achievements of women of colour in the UK. He organised the 2017 panel event and executive reception for Your Future Your Ambition, a prominent initiative established to inspire young people from diverse backgrounds to pursue STEM careers. Elias has also served as Finance Manager for Net Impact London Professional, a chapter-based organisation with 80,000 members that runs programmes centred on corporate social responsibility, environmental sustainability, and international development.
Elias completed his coaching qualification with the Academy of Executive Coaching. In addition, he holds a BSc in Business and Environmental Studies from the University of Hertfordshire with first class honours.
In his spare time, Elias enjoys rock climbing, running, yoga and meditation.