5 Minutes With... Kayleigh Steadman

Who are you and what do you do?


I’m Kayleigh and I’m the director of KayleighAlexandra Ltd. I’m a high performance coach for business owners – I work with clients to help them significantly grow their business in a way that supports and enables their ideal lifestyle.

What makes you different?

I think what makes me different, as a business coach, is my focus on lifestyle and work-life balance for my clients. I do help them to grow their business and earn more money but my primary concern is making sure they build a business that supports and enables them to live the lifestyle they really want. I don't want them to miss out on it because they're so busy working.


If you could visit any time/place in history where/when would you go?

I’ve always been fascinated by Tudor history so I’d probably go back to the reign of Henry VIII to experience life at court. I’d like to meet Catherine of Aragon because she was a strong, female leader who was trusted to act as Regent and command the army in the king's absence. I’d also be fascinated to see Anne Boleyn come onto the scene and change English religion and politics. I’m not sure I’d want to stick around too long though – I imagine the smells would be pretty bad, and there seems to be a pretty high chance of getting beheaded!

 What’s your superpower?

I’m a master planner! I’m a really goal-oriented person and ever since I was a kid I have always (weirdly) loved to plan. I think it's because I’m also a bit of a dreamer so I love to imagine how it’s all going to play out. I’m really great at taking a big goal or project and breaking it right down into a clear, specific action plan. I have “project plans” for almost every area of my life, which baffles my boyfriend, but for me, when I make a plan I really tap into my creativity. It really calms me down, too, so it's my “go to” if I need to chill out and be happy. It also means that I track and record most of my key actions, which I love, as I’m continually looking for ways to refine how I do things.

What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever been given?

The best piece of advice I’ve ever been given was by one of my mentors when he advised me to go into coaching. I was working on a different business and not feeling particularly passionate about it, and he just asked “Have you ever thought about doing what I do? I think you’d be great at it” That changed the whole course of my career - It was my lightbulb moment. I realised it’s exactly what I wanted to do and within a month I’d shut down my previous business and moved into coaching. I've never looked back.

What book would you recommend and why?

That's a tough one - there are so many! One of my favourites is The Compound Effect by Darren Hardy. It’s packed with lots of great strategies and advice for achieving your goals, and there’s a lot of synergy with what I teach my clients around high performance. I’m a firm believer in small, consistent changes in behaviour that layer up over time to create your desired outcome. The book talks about that a lot, as well as the importance of measuring where you are right now. It's much easier to see the impact of change if you know exactly where you're starting from.