Vyla Lejeune Rollins is American by birth and an award-winning Organisational Psychologist. Her twenty-five years working as a global Organisational Effectiveness consultant have contributed to her expertise; she works with organisations to systemically diagnose performance, leading to the implementation of developmental interventions at individual, group, board and organisational levels.
Starting her career as an HR generalist, Vyla progressed professionally by focusing on more traditional Organisational Development work. As a result, she has in-depth experience in the area of executive coaching, which includes the development and delivery of performance and change initiatives at both individual and group level. She has led team effectiveness initiatives, applied leadership development, and strategy facilitation at both senior executive and board level.
Vyla has provided specialist input across a whole range of organizational interventions change management strategies, including but not limited to instructional design, action learning/research, competency development, assessment centres, psychometric assessment, executive assessment, performance management, business process re-engineering, employee attitude research, and behaviourally–based change management initiatives.
Vyla has specific experience working with presidents and executives at the very highest levels within global, mid-size and regional organisations, as well as the range of individuals holding C-Suite roles. Over the past fifteen years, she has had the privilege to have been commissioned to coach a number of executives who hold, or have recently been awarded, Queen’s honours.
In her career, Vyla has held positions including:
- Client Partner at Evolve Partners LLP
- Director of Consulting at Corven Consulting Ltd
- Head of the London Change Practice for Sibson & Company
- Senior Consultant with Kinsley Lord/Towers Perrin
- Head of Organisation Consulting for KPMG Career Consulting in London
- Director at Corporate Psychologists International, a specialist firm of Business Psychologists in London.
Throughout her career, Vyla has had the privilege to work directly with other consultants, authors, management educators, professors, and researchers associated with organisations such as Boston Consulting Group, Tavistock Consulting, McKinsey, Mercer, Towers Perrin, The Weiner Konzerthaus, INSEAD, Ashridge Strategic Management Centre, Harvard Business School, Cornell University, The Spontaneity Shop, Just Add Water, BBC/Canal Plus, Cambridge Leadership Associates, Blue Cliff3 Consulting, and Tavistock Consulting.
Vyla has also had the honour of being invited to work with Harvard professor Ronald Heifitz, (author of ‘Leadership without Easy Answers’ and co-author of ‘Leadership on the Line’), to collaborate on a ground-breaking leadership initiative for a UK telecommunications firm. She was also invited to act as a facilitator on Harvard Kennedy School’s 2006 ‘Art and Practice of Leadership Development’.
Vyla is part of the exclusive Executive Coaching community that supports selected London Business School “open enrolment” programmes. These encompass strategy, leadership and change leadership Executive Education programmes, as well as degree programmes (MBA, MiM, EMBA, & Global EMBA & Sloan). Vyla was the first individual to work in these multiple capacities at London Business School, where she held the roles of Programme Director, Tutor and Learning Facilitator for bespoke educational programmes commissioned by organisations from London Business School’s Centre for Management Development.
As a complement to her other London Business School work, Vyla also holds a part-time role as Executive Director of London Business School’s Leadership Institute. The LBS Leadership Institute generates a combination of leading academic research, extensive practitioner engagement and wide-ranging outreach activities. It seeks to explore a myriad of issues related to leadership and leading, to discuss and challenge perceptions of leadership, and to present ideas about what the future of leadership is and what the leaders of the future will look like.
Vyla is also a member of the Board of Trustees for the Clore Social Leadership Organisation. The organisation’s mission is to develop leaders with a social purpose so that they can transform their communities, organisations and the world around them.