In this episode, we interview Dries Lombaard, an executive Strengths coach.
You can visit his website at strengthsynergy.co.za or reach out to him at [email protected]
Dries Lombaard has always been a keen observer of trends and changes within a fast-pacing society. An entrepreneur by nature, he has ventured into numerous fields of interest, always keen to learn more about, and analyzing critically, what makes things tick underneath the surface. This kindled his interest in leadership development early in his life.
Dries was trained by the Gallup University (Faith Practice) in Omaha, Nebraska as a Strengths Performance Coach (SPC III) in 2006, and also studied at the Universities of Stellenbosch and Pretoria where he majored in psychology, theology, history and philosophy.
He holds Certifications from Strengths Strategy (USA), the International Coach Academy (ICA), and is also a certified coach (ACC) with the International Coach Federation (ICF).
He was invited to be part of the Gallup Strengths Advisory Forum (2013) – then being the only member outside of the USA on the forum. Dries is personally acknowledged for “taking StrengthsFinder into Southern Africa” and for establishing one of the strongest Strengths Coach networks globally.
With more than 7000 hours of active Strengths Coaching experience with individuals and teams under his belt Dries has coached individuals and teams in countries like Russia, United Kingdom, The Netherlands, Sweden, Germany, Turkey, Thailand, China, Australia, New Zealand, the USA, Libya, Dubai, Thailand, South America, Canada, Nigeria, Kenia, Botswana, Namibia, Morocco and South Africa.
Dries has done Coach Training, Team Facilitation or Executive Coaching for employees and leaders in corporate companies like Aurecon, BASF, First National Bank, Aveng, MTN, Alan Gray, AVBOB, Discovery, MMI, ABSA, Momentum, Old Mutual, VISA, and Volkswagen and Nissan. He has personally trained more than 1200 Strengths Coaches globally.
Dries about himself: "I am a committed husband, proud father of 4 lovely daughters, who loves my country, my city, my home and my private space…. I love to watch rugby and cricket and don’t understand football (soccer) at all. I only do real coffee from beans (the only thing God created to be in powder form is the Sahara desert), and I regard meat as being food, and the rest on my plate I eat only not to be rude to the cook. I am at my best when I train, coach or mentor people who reflect the need and willingness to become the best they can be".