Stan Proffitt is a leadership teacher and executive coach whose work with organizations is anchored in Bowen family systems theory. His professional experience includes 10 years of work in both inpatient and outpatient mental health programs and 20 years of work in organizational development, leadership development, and executive coaching.

In 2010, Mr. Proffitt founded Shoshin Leadership, Inc., a leadership development and executive coaching practice. Through Shoshin Leadership, he brings an integration of his professional experience, Bowen family systems theory, and the influence of 30+ years of traditional martial arts training to family firms, privately held corporations, not-for-profit organizations, and large scale enterprises.

Stan’s approach challenges leaders to deepen self-awareness, self-regulation, and self-responsibility. Through three years of study in the Postgraduate Program at the Bowen Center for the Study of the Family, he developed a clear recognition of how Bowen theory as a framework for thinking about leadership enables leaders to make shifts in their effectiveness that business strategy cannot produce.

Mr. Proffitt holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Physical Education with a concentration in exercise physiology, an Advanced Corporate Coaching certification from Coach U, and completed his training in the Postgraduate Program at the Bowen Center in 2015. He brings into his role as Associate Faculty, his passion for learning and teaching, as well as his dedication to the practical application of theory to real-life family and organizational leadership challenges.