Croft Edwards

The Team at JFCA

Croft Edwards, MCC

  • 20+ years coaching, consulting, leadership experience
  • Leadership coach since 2001
  • Master Certified Coach (MCC), International Coach Federation (ICF)
  • Retired Officer, United States Army
  • MBA, Auburn University
  • MA, American Military University
  • BA, Finance, Michigan State University
  • Graduate of Newfield Network, Newfield Certified Ontological Coach (NCOC)
  • Graduate and CEO certified Coach, Coaching Excellence in Organizations (CEO) Program
  • Graduate, Naval War College, Army Command and Staff College

As a Master Certified Coach (MCC), Croft Edwards has been in the profession since 2001. His path to becoming a leadership and business coach has been a lifelong pursuit. He has studied business and leadership from a historical, theoretical and practical standpoint. His coaching is focused on helping leaders to achieve their goals to unlock their true potential around leadership, individual success, performance, and fulfillment.

His true expertise is as a transformational coach – dealing with the unique challenges of making lasting change. Croft has formally coached hundreds of individuals from all levels of the organization – new leaders to executives in both private and group settings. His clients have come from companies such as GE Aviation, Lockheed Martin, BHPBilliton, Stillwater Mining, Walter Energy, HollyFrontier, The Navajo Tribal Utility Authority, Mosaic, Murphy Oil, and many other small to medium sized private businesses.

Much of Croft’s coaching expertise comes from practical experience. He learned and honed the majority of his leadership and coaching skills in the U. S. Army. Croft spent over 22 years in both active and reserve units in both command and staff positions. Croft has earned a B.A. in Financial Administration from Michigan State University; a M.B.A. from Auburn University; and a M.A. of Civil War Studies, with an emphasis in Leadership and Command, from the American Military University in Manassas, Virginia. Croft’s formal coaching education is through the Leadership and Coaching Program from Villanova University and the Newfield Network in Ontological Coaching. He is currently a program coach for the Newfield Network, helping to train future coaches. He is a graduate of the Coaching Excellence in Organizations (CEO) Program through the Institute of Generative Leadership. His Master Certified Coach designation is from the International Coach Federation (ICF), where Croft is a member in good standing. Croft is also a graduate of several U.S. military schools of leadership including the U.S. Naval War College in Newport, RI, and the Army Command and Staff College at Fort Leavenworth, KS. Croft is married and has three daughters. He spends his free time with his family, woodworking, and running marathons.

Endorsements:

“Croft didn't just help me; the 125 operators and front-line supervisors at the refinery who reported to me and my supervisors had greater opportunity to succeed. A focus on leadership and relationships created new possibilities for our entire organization. On a personal level, he was instrumental in helping me to shift how I was showing up. His coaching opened up the doors that I was closing in front of me.”

Regan H., Refinery Manager, Oil and Gas

“Croft has demonstrated an exceptional level of expertise and insight while helping me to become a more effective leader within my organization. The unique blend of wisdom, candor, and knowledge of human nature and organizational culture they bring to our coaching relationship has helped to shift the way I view leadership and how best to address the needs of our organization.”

Christopher A., School District Superintendent

Through Croft’s coaching I have shifted and become a more effective and successful business owner. I now see the future that I want to create in my business and the path which I want to pursue. I now understand how to embody the change I desire and I have seen an immediate impact on my team and the day to day success of my business. I am the leader I now want to be thanks to Croft.

Steve, B, - Retail business owner

Other Highlighted Successes:

Croft is currently in year 10 of working with an oil refinery to help them in their evolution of leadership. They created one of the top refineries in the nation, as indicated by several financial and safety measures. In the process Croft led several leadership development programs, each building on the prior, shaping several generations of leaders. Meanwhile, Croft worked directly as executive coach with each of the key organizations leaders. The refinery is a 30,000 barrel a day refinery in the western United States.

Croft facilitated courses and coached the senior leadership team of the largest Native American owned power utility. The coaching involved helping the leaders to clarify their organizations vision, mission and values and the corresponding conversations and necessary for success. The program lasted over three years and worked with two successive classes of the leaders.

Croft is currently a SupporTED coach, coaching TED Fellows in their development as thought leaders.