Eileen Gleeson

Irish Women’s International Football Team Manager, Head of Women & Girls Football in Ireland 

Improving our insight into leading and developing high performance environments so we have the confidence in our ability as leaders to achieve our potential and create successful outcomes.


Eileen Gleeson is the current Manager of the Irish Women’s National football team as well as being the Head of Women’s and Girls football in Ireland. Having coached and managed at international, professional, and national level women’s football, Eileen is a trailblazer in Irish Women’s football including being the first women to achieve the elite UEFA Pro licence coaching award, the first Irish manager to lead a team, male or female to the knockout stages of the prestigious UEFA Champions league competition.

Beyond her role in management and coaching, Eileen has 20 years’

experience in sport development and is dedicated to increasing participation and developing pathways for women and girls in Ireland.

Off the pitch Eileen has a keen interest in academia, is a PhD candidate exploring expertise and decision-making and the author of several publications on decision-making, performance analysis and leadership.

Eileen regularly delivers talks on decision-making, maximising potential in high performing teams, and leadership in dynamic team environments.


Decision Intelligence

The way your life turns out depends on only two things. Luck, and the quality of your decisions. You can only affect one of these things which is why decision-making is the most valuable skill you can learn and understand. Decisions are the steering wheel for your life. The quality of your decisions matters, and it matters more and more over time.

Want to make better decisions?

In this talk you will learn:

  • Which factors influence better decision making?
  • How do experts make decisions fast, accurate decision?
  • The What Why and How of decision-making

Maximising Performance

Do you want to build a high performing, successful team? Do you want to maximise your team’s performance?

In this talk you will learn:

  • What does a high-performance environment look like?
  • How to build a high-performance environment culture

Developing Creativity

Do you want to develop creative and innovative individuals and teams? How to develop moments of magic in your team?

In this talk you will learn:

  • What is creativity?
  • How to encourage creativity as a leader
  • Building a creative environment

Leadership in Dynamic & High Performing Teams and Environments

Leading in a fast paced, dynamic changing environment while managing a team of ‘experts’ is a tricky task. High risk, high reward, and all down to your leadership. How do you as a leader impact performance and results? How do you get the best from your team?

In this talk you will learn:

  • How Leadership styles impact performance
  • The role of power relationships
  • Leading Expert teams
  • How to be a transformative leader
  • How you as a leader can improve creativity of your team

Strategic Development and Implementation

Short term, long term, vision, mission, objectives, clear KPI’S, all sound familiar? All there in a glossy document for all to follow and deliver? So how to link short term to long term? How to allow for an ever-changing world?

In this talk you will learn:

  • Developing a strategic approach
  • Building an agile strategy
  • How to cope with complexity

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