Elaine MacLellan

President and Executive Coach (PCC)

For over 30 years, Elaine S. MacLellan, President of Performance Development, Inc. has been helping leaders and organizations optimize their talent and achieve sustainable results.

Elaine helps mid- and senior-level leaders increase their ability to lead strategic change initiatives, communicate compelling visions, influence collaboratively across departments, and develop high-performing teams/employees.  She has partnered with leaders in biotech, health care, consumer products, financial, publishing, high-tech, and academic institutions, working with such clients as Vertex Pharmaceuticals, Merck, Biogen, Harvard Vanguard Medical Associates, Southcoast Health, Akili Interactive, Keurig Green Mountain, MiddleOak Insurance, EBSCO, and the MGH Institute of Health Professions.

Elaine helps leaders recognize their greatest strengths, and increase clarity, commitment, capability, connection, and creativity to contribute their best. She combines a caring, open, supportive style with an honest, practical, and results-oriented approach.  She is authentic and intuitive, asking thought-provoking questions and offering insights that get to the heart of the matter to ensure clients achieve business and development goals within the context of their organization’s strategy and culture. By applying her expertise in leadership training, career development, emotional intelligence, and leading organizational change, Elaine has helped hundreds of leaders improve their leadership skills, business performance, and career success through an increased ability to develop themselves and others.  Elaine’s clients consistently have been promoted to more senior positions, and have reported feeling she cares as much about their success as they do.

Elaine has been an executive coach for 20 years. She is a Professional Certified Coach (PCC) through the International Coach Federation (ICF), and a Certified Professional Co-Active Coach (CPCC) through the Coaches Training Institute (CTI). Her team consists of a strong network of top independent executive coaches and leadership development consultants in the Boston area who she selects and partners with on a project basis to ensure the best talent fit for each client’s needs.

Prior to becoming a consultant, Elaine worked internally in training and organizational development for 17 years leading people, projects, and company-wide change initiatives. She held senior leadership and organizational development positions at IDX Systems Corporation, Putnam Investments, Keystone Investments, and BayBanks, Inc.

Certifications & Qualifications

  • Professional Certified Coach (PCC), International Coach Federation (ICF)
  • Certified Professional Co-Active Coach (CPCC), Coaches Training Institute (CTI)
  • Korn Ferry 360 (KF360) with Korn Ferry and Lominger Leadership Architects®
  • Center for Creative Leadership (CCL) Benchmarks® 360s
  • EQ 360 and EQi-2.0
  • Myers-Briggs Type Indicator®
  • Hogan Assessments
  • DiSC® Personality Profile Assessment
  • FIRO-B®
  • Thomas-Kilmann Conflict Mode Instrument
  • Strong Interest Inventory®


  • New Talent Management Network – Boston City Group (NTMN-BCG), Steering Committee
  • Human Resources Leadership Forum (HRLF)
  • Northeast Human Resources Association (NEHRA)
  • Institute of Coaching (IOC)
  • International Coach Federation (ICF)
Executive Coach
Business Partner

Elaine is more than a coach; she is a great business partner. I have worked with Elaine over the course of two years. Elaine brings espirit de corps to her professional engagement through candor, holistic thinking, and a high level of professional experience in navigating the nuisance of leadership development. She was helpful not only in developing the high-level strategy, but also in developing the tactical details of the execution plan. My team benefited greatly as Elaine was able to help them develop awareness of blind spots, and coached them effectively to reduce and manage their vulnerabilities.

Greg Montemurro

Senior Director of Quality and Manufacturing, Keurig Green Mountain, Inc.