About Karen Morley

Executive Coach & Author

Dr Karen Morley helps leaders get more impact with less effort. The global pandemic has increased the burdens on high achieving leaders, and her focus is on helping leaders to reset the way they work. She helps leaders to challenge overwork, rediscover their purpose, and rebalance their life to beat chronic stress and burnout.

Karen has held executive leadership roles and she’s also a self-declared high achiever; her approach is closely informed by these experiences.

She’s a registered psychologist and brings her fascination with emerging neuroscience and social psychology research to give leaders insight into what really works. She is deeply committed to making behavioural change easier, and provides practical takeaways that leaders can readily turn into new habits.

She is an Opinion Columnist with CEO Magazine and an Honorary Fellow of the University of Melbourne.

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I was very fortunate to have Dr Karen Morley as my coach as I worked towards a promotion. My success was due in many ways to Karen’s sage advice and direction. Her coaching style was particularly helpful for seeing straight to the heart of the issue. I appreciated Karen’s warm, positive, and supportive style.

I would recommend Karen to anyone – at any stage of his or her career- looking for advice or coaching on how to lead better, be better, and most importantly, with our whole selves.

Professor Erica Wilson, Southern Cross University

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Karen regularly writes and speaks on gender diversity and inclusion. She co-developed a gender diversity measurement tool that has been used to drive the diversity strategies of organisations such as QBE.

She consulted to BHP Billiton’s GMC on the experiences of senior women in leadership roles.

Karen is a Registered Psychologist, a member of the Australian Psychological Society and is a member of the APS Interest Group on Coaching Psychology. She has a Master of Psychology, an MBA, and a PhD in Leadership.

As an internal senior leader in an organisation comprising over 15,000 people including 600 senior executives, Karen identified key leadership capability requirements from which she designed a leadership framework that guided recruitment, talent identification and leadership development.

As an external consultant, Karen completed a CEO succession process for an ASX top 20 company which included comprehensive assessments of candidates for both succession and development.

As Associate Dean at Mt Eliza Executive Education, Karen had overall responsibility for leadership program design and delivery, and in her final role, headed the Executive Education business.

Fulton Hogan
University of Melbourne

Karen has worked with many organisations including:

Allens, Alfred Health, ANZSOG, Ausindustry, Aviva, BHP, Boral, Broadspectrum, Bunnings, Commonwealth Bank, Coles, CSL, CUB, the Victorian Depts of Education, Health, Justice, Dept. of Industry, Science & Technology, Downer, Essential Energy, Fulton Hogan Australia, Guild Group, HASSELL, Hanover Welfare Services, Holden, Jacobs, Kmart, KPMG, Latitude, Lendlease, L’Oreal, Lumleys, Medibank, Melbourne Water, Monash Health, NAWO, National Australia Bank, Officeworks, Orica, QBE, RACV, Rural Finance, SBS, SKM, Southern Cross University, Target, Terry White Chemmart, The Faculty, The Florey, UGL, and University of Melbourne.

BHP Billiton
University of Melbourne


Karen has published four books to help you amplify your leadership:

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Gender &  Leadership

Gender Balanced Leadership

“Congratulations on putting together such a comprehensive and substantive book; it is a very good practical guide.” Helen Conway

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Generative Leadership

Lead Like A Coach

“A well written book that brings to life how leaders can better connect, engage and help teams unlock their potential.” Michael Schneider

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Inclusive Leadership

Beat Gender Bias

“This book  is a must-read for anyone interested in reducing gender bias and creating an inclusive workplace.” Dr Tomas Chamorro-Premuzic

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Wellbeing & Leadership


FlexAbility couldn’t be more timely.  As we rebuild our lives following the intense disruption of the past two years, FlexAbility offers a ‘go to’ blueprint to help us all reset for the next decade and beyond.” Diana Vernon

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