Stirling business woman shares experiences of overcoming postnatal depression and bullying in new book, in a bid to help others

A business woman from Stirling who helps business leaders to navigate difficult situations has shared her experiences of overcoming postnatal depression and workplace bullying in a new book, which has already become a bestseller.


Gail Partridge, a business performance coach and leadership expert, runs PGZ Consulting and Coaching, helping busy leaders who are struggling with complex relationships in business.


She recently shared her personal story in the anthology “Awakened Leaders: How To Become The Leader The World Needs Now.” The book, published by Inspired World Publishing, hit the number one spot in multiple Amazon categories when it was released.


All proceeds from sales of the book are being donated to Women For Women International, a charity that helps women survivors of war to rebuild their lives.


Gail, who is an International Coaching Federation accredited coach, decided to share her personal story because she believes it’s important to speak up about vulnerable topics, which are often viewed as being taboo.


She says: “Vulnerability shaped me as a leader. When I work with clients I come from a place of deep understanding. I want to create a safe space to talk about difficult topics. My goal has always been to help people do all that they can with all that they have, being themselves while they do it.”


Gail has been in business for nine years, has worked with hundreds of clients and runs a 6-figure business.


She says: “The shock of postnatal depression was so overwhelming.  I had been this young, successful businesswoman and all of a sudden, I couldn’t lift my head off the pillow.”


She overcame the period of depression after support from The Priory and a course of antidepressants. She says: “I used what I learned through this time in my life to understand that all you really need is love. It starts with self-love.”


She also talks in the book about her experiences of workplace bullying during her former corporate career, which impacted her mental health, ultimately resulting in her leaving the company. She says: “Afterwards I decided I was never going to let that happen to me again. I was going to make it my life’s work to make sure that others didn’t go through what I did. If I could stop one person being bullied, gaslit, whatever you want to call it, I would.”


Today she helps business leaders all over the UK to tap into the emotional side of leadership, so that they can perform at their best. She says: “I help my clients to uncover the real person that they are and what they’re capable of. I help them to understand, embrace and love their unique self so they can show up with love and compassion.”


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