About My Work

Upstate New York

Executive Coaching and

Leadership Team Development

Developing leaders who develop leaders through deeper thinking, self-responsibility and high-value coaching and mentoring.



Stan Proffitt is an executive coach and leadership teacher whose diverse personal and professional background has enabled him to connect with and inspire a wide range of top-level leaders.  Stan’s professional background includes a Bachelor of Science degree in physical education-concentration in exercise physiology, ten years in the Behavioral Health field in both inpatient and outpatient settings, and 20 years of experience in Organizational Development, Leadership Development and Executive Coaching.  He has continued his study of human relationship functioning through three years of study in the Post-Graduate Program at the Bowen Center for the Study of Families and the Georgetown Family Center in Washington, D.C., where he now serves in the position of Associate Faculty at the center.

Stan’s approach challenges leaders to deepen self-awareness, self-regulation and self-responsibility in pursuit of personal and organizational progress. He formulated those values through his study with Master Hidy Ochiai, one of the world’s foremost martial artists and teacher of human development.  Stan first began his study of  Washin-Ryu Karate-Do with Master Ochiai in 1984 and currently holds the rank of 5th degree black belt.  

In addition to his study of karate, Stan's thinking on leadership has been strongly shaped by his professional experience in behavioral health and organizational development.  In his work in these disciplines, he has deepened his application of the principles and values gained through the study of Washin-Ryu Karate and Systems Theory to relationship management, leadership in business/ family and strategy execution.

In collaboration with Leadership Coaching, Inc., Stan continues exploring the application of Systems Theory and other sciences to leadership.  Through the lens of Systems Theory, the research of pioneering psychiatrist Dr. Murray Bowen and the sciences of evolutionary biology and neuroscience, Stan brings his wealth of senior-level leadership teaching and coaching experience to companies throughout the United States.  

​Shoshin Leadership, Inc.

​Leading with Calmness, Clarity and Courage