Meet Michelle Harcha,

Dr. Michelle Harcha founded LeadYourShip, LLC to share her passion and knowledge of communication and leadership skills. Her 35-year career in the veterinary profession included 10 years leading and expanding the professional development curriculum and communications training for veterinary students at The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine. Throughout her career, she has continued her education in communications, leadership training, and emotional intelligence through specialized workshops, certifications, and graduate study.

With LeadYourShip, LLC, Michelle leads small groups through half-day or full-day workshops designed for their specific challenges to create opportunities for growth. She presents assessment tools to help professionals achieve a new level of personal understanding, which enhances their abilities to communicate with others. Professionals who complete her workshops demonstrate improved communication skills that help them create a more positive work environment for all employees, which, in turn, translates to a better experience for clients and patients.

Her passion for communication training began with her entry into professional veterinary practice. While working as an emergency veterinarian, she earned her first certification in Everything DiSC®. She experienced a personal transformation through using tools to communicate more effectively with clients, colleagues, and staff in an often stressful environment.

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Michelle's Certifications

Michelle is passionate about emotional intelligence, communication, and leadership skills. She has several certifications in programs that help her to share her knowledge including:

Certified Facilitator of
The Work of Byron Katie

The Work complements any practice you may be using. It uses the powerful tool of inquiry to change your thinking and offer relief from your most stressful thoughts.

Authorized Partner of
Everything DiSC®

Everything DiSC® is the most common assessment Michelle uses based on its versatility and insightfulness. It begins with an online personal assessment that Michelle then breaks down with you and/or your team.

Authorized Partner of
The Five Behaviors of a Cohesive Team®

The Five Behaviors® focuses on building the pillars of communication and collaboration: trust, productive conflict, commitment, accountability, and results.

Board Certified Coach (BCC)

The Board Certified Coach (BCC) credential is a mark of distinction for credential holders and a source of credibility for their clients. A BCC has met professional coaching competency standards established by CCE and subject matter experts. The BCC certification demonstrates that Michelle is a professional coach and has completed a number of requirements that you can learn more about here.

Associate Certified Coach (ACC)

Michelle is a member of the International Coaching Federation. She has achieved the Associate Certified Coach (ACC) professional certification indicating that she has met specific standards and requirements designed to develop and refine her coaching skills. She is dedicated to upholding the principles of ethical behavior in coaching and is committed to developing herself as a coaching professional. Learn more here.

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While the veterinary and healthcare industries have been a strong focus in her consulting experience, Michelle can utilize her skills for any organization or individual who seeks professional development.