Laurent Besançon


Passionate about helping leaders and their teams realize their full potential.

As a leadership coach, Laurent Besançon partners with leaders to address their leadership challenges and help them manage complexity in the workplace. Laurent’s practice focuses on executive leadership development, peer coaching and peer learning, new leader assimilation and on-boarding as well as team effectiveness.

Laurent has walked the talk of leadership and leadership development as a leader himself, leading global teams of up to 100 colleagues and overseeing a $1bn project portfolio across 40 countries with the World Bank Group, a global financial institution with offices in 140 countries. Laurent later led the leadership development function of the World Bank Group, responsible for supporting the leadership development of over 900 leaders. 

Laurent has experienced up close the complex issues leaders face, the strategies that work, and the strategies that can get leaders and their teams stuck. While at the World Bank Group, Laurent has also supported over 60 global leaders through coaching conversations as they transitioned to new roles at manager, director and Vice President levels.

Laurent brings this wealth of practical insights into his coaching philosophy, blending on-the-job coaching with timely leadership development tools and practices that help address the challenges leaders and their teams face at the time they face them.

Coaching Certifications and Education:

  •  ACC coaching certification with the international Coach Federation (ICF)

  • Leadership Coaching certification from the Georgetown University

  • Peer Coaching Mastermind Group Facilitation

  • Leadership Circle Profile

  • Leadership Team Culture

  • Leading Organizations with Backbone and Heart

  • TetraMap (communication styles)

  • Laurent also holds an MA from Michigan State University’s College of Communication Arts and Sciences, a master equivalent from the Institut Mines-Télécom Business School in Paris, and a Maîtrise de Sciences de Gestion from the University Paris IX-Dauphine.

  • Laurent is fluent in both English and French

 Laurent is a Founding Member of the Georgetown Institute for Transformational Leadership Network.