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When you are aligned, you instinctively know what to do, and you know, deep down, that you are on the right path. Everything is possible.

Executive Leadership Coach Hortense le Gentil believes we have to align our personal values with our professional activities if we are to become authentic leaders. Being aligned means becoming more of yourself, and transcending the limits that once held you back.


Hortense le Gentil is an Executive Leadership Coach and Marshall Goldsmith #MG100.

Hortense is an Executive Leadership Coach and the President and Founder of JAY Consulting. She works with decision makers in the business world, including many C-suite executives from Fortune 500 companies, supporting them in their development and leadership by working with them on the alignment between their personal values and their professional activities.

Prior to coaching full time, le Gentil spent over 30 years in business in various industries, working for leading multinational companies in the areas of media consulting, marketing, and advertising. She then founded and spent 10 years as CEO of an entrepreneurial start-up (in metals recycling).

Hortense is part of the MG100 Coaches, Marshall Goldsmith’s Pay It Forward project, and is a certified Marshall Goldsmith Stakeholder Centered™ Coach. She has been selected to receive a Thinkers 50 coaching award for excellence in her field.She has contributed to and is featured in leading publications such as Business Insider, Forbes, Fast Company, Les Echos on topics of leadership, coaching and alignment.

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Hortense helps her clients lead with authenticity by finding and closing the gaps between the leader they are and the leader they want to be.

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“Hortense shows us how to let go of our restrictions and old beliefs, so we can learn to behave and think differently, align our values with our actions, and learn from past experiences.”

Marshall Goldsmith, Thinkers50 – #1 Executive Coach and the only two-time #1 Leadership Thinker in the World

Have you ever felt like you were on a roll? Everything seems to be going your way. Time slows, and you see everything clearly. You instinctively know what to do, and you have the profound feeling that you are on the right path.

This is what leadership coach Hortense le Gentil’s calls alignment: the congruence of who you are and what you think, feel, and love on a deep and fundamental level with what you do, say, and envision for your future. It’s about becoming more of yourself—and in so doing, transcending the limits you once thought were holding you back.

What new connections and behaviors can replace the old beliefs that no longer serve you?
Which positive associations would you like to create?

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Alignment does not happen by itself, however. In Aligned, Hortense uses real-life examples to show you how to connect with who you truly are, do the work to become who you want to be, and project your aligned self from your inner world onto the outside one.

Told through the personal and professional victories of her clients, revealing case studies, and Hortense’s own journey towards alignment, Aligned is an inspiring and intuitive approach to a concept as enduring as it is momentous.

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Hortense first experienced alignment as a competitive show-jumper, realized its wider application in her marketing and entrepreneurial career, and fine-tuned its message for others as a sought-after leadership executive coach. Now, in Aligned: Connecting Your True Self With the Leader You’re Meant to Be, she delivers an essential three-part guide for anyone wanting to lead with more ease, joy, and impact—and to become even more successful. Alignment helps organizations reach their full potential, and people can use it to better realize their personal goals. Both can even become role models who guide their own followers. This is the ultimate alignment: alignment of alignments.

Marshall Goldsmith

In Aligned, Hortense Le Gentil shares with us the incredibly important concept of alignment as it relates to life and leadership, from her perspective as a leadership coach whose work is based on the human dimension of leadership. Hortense shows us how to let go of our restrictions and old beliefs, so we can learn to behave and think differently, align our values with our actions, and learn from past experiences.

Marshall GoldsmithThinkers 50 – #1 Executive Coach and the only two-time #1 Leadership Thinker in the World

James M. Citrin

If you want to unleash your full potential as a leader, read Aligned and learn how to focus on the highest value beliefs and actions that will both play to your unique strengths and help you shed the limiting distractions that may be holding you back. Hortense le Gentil is one of the most effective executive coaches in the world. Aligned, which is beautifully written and illustrated with memorable stories, puts her exclusive practice into a digestible form that will benefit any motivated professional aspiring to reach their highest potential as a leader.

James M. Citrin, Leader, Spencer Stuart CEO Practice and Author, The Career Playbook

Dr. Tasha Eurich

In Aligned, Hortense le Gentil leverages her experience as one of the world’s foremost executive coaches to take us on a journey to explore who we are, who we want to be, and how to get there. This book is a must-read for anyone who wants to become a better leader.

Dr. Tasha Eurich, New York Times best-selling author of Insight and Bankable Leadership

Fiona M. Macaulay

This is a beautiful and insightful book. Hortense offers healthy doses of clarity in a form that’s easy to swallow. She helps each of us find and hold onto our truths, even when chaos swirls around us.

Fiona M. Macaulay, Founder-CEO, WILD Network, Women Innovators & Leaders Development

Hubert Joly

Aligned is one of the best leadership books I have ever read. The book combines powerful concepts and tools with great real life stories. It has the potential to help us leaders become more aligned and therefore more effective and to foster greater alignment within the organization we lead through the concept and practice of alignment of alignments.

Hubert joly, Executive Chairman and former CEO, Best Buy

Bill George

In her brilliant new book, Aligned, Hortense Le Gentil shows how to perform at your peak as a leader in today’s volatile world: align your authentic self in mind, body and spirit with your ‘why’ and then align your team with their ‘why’ around a common mission and values. With challenging reflections, Le Gentil provides a roadmap to your sustained success as an authentic and aligned leader.”

Bill George, Senior Fellow, Harvard Business School; former Chair & CEO, Medtronic and author of Discover Your True North

Arnold Donald

Hortense le Gentil provides an invaluable set of practical approaches for anyone, including experienced and aspiring leaders, who desires to unleash their full potential

Arnold Donald, CEO of Carnival Corp and PLC

Gregory Renard

Why can I do what I’m doing today? Because I’m aligned! Realizing the connection between who you truly are and your core strategy, is what you need to achieve everything you want and realize your true potential!

Aligned is THE book to find your perfect recipe to connect your true self and the right path to your success! I’m honored to write an endorsement for the amazing work of Hortense and I cannot wait to see who you’ll become after reading. Enjoy!

Gregory Renard, Head of Artificial Intelligence at xBrain, Head of Applied AI & SDS at NASA FDL

Frances Hesselbein

The new Hortense Le Gentil book, Aligned, opens new doors for anyone wanting to lead with ease, joy and impact.

Frances Hesselbein, Presidential Medal of Freedom recipient, Editor-in-Chief, Leader to Leader Journal, Former CEO, Girl Scouts of the USA

Thomas S. Schreier, Jr.

For those of us committed to helping people discern and live truly inspired lives  Hortense’s book provides a masterful combination of example and exercise to guide actual and aspiring leaders to find and align their inner self with their vocation.  This book is a gift for those looking to lead more authentically and effectively at any stage in life.

Thomas S. Schreier, Jr., Founding Director of the Inspired Leadership Initiative at the University of Notre Dame

Geraldine Vial

Game and Life Changer

Hortense gives us simple and powerful tools that really help us rewiring our brain in a joyful and obvious way. No step back, no way back : this book is a game and life changer.

Geraldine Vial, Head of Consumer Strategy and Financial Éducation Department, French Insurance Federation


Hortense le Gentil offers individual, personalized coaching for CEOs, C-Suite executives and other business leaders.

Her coaching method helps you explore your values, aspirations, and personal identity, as well as the blind spots that may be holding you back. She works with you to develop your goals and objectives and help you to align your inner self, your professional activity and your working environment. Hortense aims to increase your self-awareness, empowering you to develop your strengths and overcome obstacles, so you can achieve your goals and fulfill your responsibilities.

“My clients’ sense of alignment facilitates the agility, speed, and foresight that are essential to navigating increasingly complex environments, rapid change, and uncertainty,” says Hortense le Gentil. “By becoming the leaders they are meant to be, my clients are more influential and broaden their reach as well as their impact, leaping from successful to extraordinary.”

Hortense is based in both New York and Paris, and works in either English or French.

Contact Hortense le Gentil to explore options and develop a personalized coaching plan.