Coaching For Impact

Coaching for Impact equips trainee and beginner coaches with an A to Z of executive coaching and engages seasoned practitioners to an uncompromised pursuit of excellence by pushing the boundaries of leadership coaching. It will appeal to executive and leadership coaches at all levels, including those in training.

The Book

The world is changing. The first century of the third millennium has seen exponential growth and advancement in almost all areas, and makes the last century of the second millennium look like a rusty old steam train by comparison.
The ‘digital revolution’ is no longer a revolution. Practically anyone can publicise their outlook, whilst having access to a wealth of information at the click of a button. And this levels out the playing field in an unprecedented and unpredictable way.
So how can anyone stand out? How can anyone gain a competitive advantage? How can anyone master more influence?
How can anyone lead?
The answer lies in coaching: a discipline that enhances performance by generating meaning through the art of relating.
In Coaching for Impact, Vassilis Antonas brings together his dual expertise in executive coaching and psychotherapy to present a transformative, evolutionary approach. The book examines methodology, presence and fundamental skills and includes a new, innovative model of leadership. Antonas also uses Jungian concepts to address the coach’s internal disposition, supporting their evolution and transformation.
Coaching for Impact equips trainee and beginner coaches with an A to Z of executive coaching and engages seasoned practitioners to an uncompromised pursuit of excellence by pushing the boundaries of leadership coaching. It will appeal to executive and leadership coaches at all levels, including those in training.

The Author

Achievement and fulfillment cannot be separated. This is my core belief. I try to apply this in every activity I involve myself with. And there are many. My work, which never really feels like work, is just one of them. I support people who wish to optimise their performance by accompanying them in the search for meaning: individually, through Executive Coaching and collectively through Organisational Development. My clients include Microsoft, Nike, Abbvie, Media Markt, Mondelez, Unilever, Vestas, Pepsico and many more. I borrow several of my approaches and tools from my original craft, Psychotherapy, which I still practice. And finally, I train people who share a passion for pursuing excellence at Impact’s Diploma in Executive Coaching and Organisational Development (AADCT). I carefully separate my professional care and time between these four activities, making sure that none imposes on the other and more importantly on me.

At work I apply PRAID (Pace, Resilience, Accountability, Influence, Deliberation).

This accounts for approximately 50% of my life. The other 50% I allocate to things that I love just as much and take just as seriously. I am a senior martial artist, having practiced aikido since 2000. It helps me find pace. I am a musician, a pianist; I orchestrate small groups of musicians and singers and put together concerts and gigs. They are usually sold out, since I make sure the venues are fairly small; and filled with friends. It helps me be creative. I free-dive. It helps me expand outside the limits of myself. I travel, ritualistically, several times each year. This probably resembles work (anthropological, sociological, cultural, psychological research) more than anything else. It helps me appreciate diversity. In the past I was actively involved in motorsport, however a man, as Nietzsche I believe put it, should know when to move on.

At play I go by DARE (Dedication, Aesthetics, Recreation, Evolution)

Being published by Routledge, has been a life long ambition.


  • 1997: The author, Vassilis Antonas, moves to London for his Post Graduate studies in Psychotherapy and meets Bernd Leygraf, the mentor who laid down the foundations for both his Psychotherapy and Coaching Practice

  • 2003: The author meets Renos Papadopoulos, the supervisor and mentor who opened the doors of perception for him and introduced him to Carl G. Jung

  • April 2005: Bernd Leygraf and the author co-found CAP’s Post Graduate Diploma in Executive Coaching and OrganisationalDevelopment in London

  • March 2006: The author returns to Greece and founds Impact

  • October 2007: A year after returning to Greece, the Author co-founds Impact’s Diploma in Executive Coaching and Organisational Development with Bernd Leygraf

  • July 2011: The author is appointed co-director (together with Bernd Leygraf) at Naos’ Diploma in Executive Coaching and Organisational Development (London)

  • September 2014: The acknowledgments and introduction for Coaching for Impact are drafted. The text is based on the Author’s experience as Course Director/co-founder of 3 Post Graduate Coaching trainings, 2 decades of working as a psychotherapist and an executive coach and his involvement as a consultant with over 60 multinational companies.

  • January 2015: Impact’s Diploma becomes the first to be Accredited by the Association for Coaching globally, serving as a blueprint for the coaching training industry internationally. The Accreditation is at top tier 4/4 (AADCT)

  • September 2016: George Mavros returns the first edited draft to the Author

  • October 2016: Taylor and Francis/Routledge’s Susannah Frearson expresses an interest in the book

  • February 2017: Taylor and Francis/Routledge and the Author sign an agreement towards publishing Coaching for Impact

  • August 2017: Coaching for Impact is available to pre-order via Routledge, Amazon and many other channels with a release date of mid-October 2017.

  • September 26th 2017: Keystroke’s Maggie Lindsey Jones indicates that work on the text is completed and it is now off for printing

  • October 13th 2017: Coaching for Impact is released and available for delivery

  • November 2017: Less than a month, since its release, the book, reaches #1 in Amazon’s Hot New Releases and #14 in Amazon’s Best Seller list for Occupational and Industrial psychology.

  • March 2018: The book is presented to the executive world, in the presence of over 80 selected executives of national and multinational corporations, such as OPAP, Nike, Microsoft, Fraport, Alpha Bank, KPMG

  • September 2018:  After an excellent run in the UK, US and India, Coaching for Impact – The Evolution of Leadership achieves best seller status at Public GR, the largest bookstore in Greece.

  • March 2019: Coaching for Impact enters the top 100 Jungian books on Amazon’s best seller list


….contrary to so many “how to” or other “painting -by -numbers” coaching guides this one should be taken more seriously: it firmly and confidently acknowledges the roots of coaching in psychotherapy and avoids the pretence that coaching, leadership development and organisation development have evolved out of a vacuum and are devoid of ancestry. For those unconfident of working with the intentional use of self and establishing presence (rather than more psychometric tests and questionnaires) this publication is of great help. The work is clearly structured and delivers what it has to say with panache and, at times bravado. The author, one of my pupils and now dear friend, has delivered a courageous, well thought out book that will claim its space on the bookshelf of any intervenor worth their salt !

Bernd C. Leygraf

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