Daniel Mueller

Free! 1 hour

30+ years of executive coaching and mentoring experience, working with the C-suite and serving boards of directors.


Daniel Mueller provides coaching for leaders at every level. A pioneer of the executive leadership coaching industry, he is passionately dedicated to helping executives become more effective in every aspect of their personal and professional lives.

Since 1996, Daniel has coached more than 1,200 CEOs, senior executives, and emerging leaders, most of whom have had transformational results. Thanks to hundreds of participating clients in the mid-80s and early 90s, Daniel developed a proprietary coaching methodology that has been validated over the past two decades and used worldwide by numbers of other professional leadership coaches.

During the late 80s, Daniel had a meteoric rise to the top of the newly emerging executive leadership coaching profession. The more outwardly successful he became, the greater the internal pain of feeling like an imposter, and the need to numb this pain with alcohol. On February 16, 1996, Daniel had a huge moral and spiritual failure that led him into recovery from alcoholism on March 4, 1996. Humbled and broken, he began working to achieve personal transformation from the inside out. This story of success, failure, and redemption has led to his favorite saying: “I coach from a place of weakness, not strength.” Vulnerability and transparency have become the hallmarks of SOLID’s coaching methodology. Feel free to ask for more information on this inspiring story.

From 1990 to 1996, Daniel served as President and CEO of Solid Foundation International Inc., an organizational design and development consultancy. There, he conducted numerous organizational, departmental, and team assessments. He also led many team-building and organizational improvement initiatives. Daniel designed and administered hundreds of qualitative, interview-based 360° assessments for one-on-one coaching clients and created individualized leadership development plans. During this time, he authored curriculum for corporate universities, including “Training Skills for Leaders” (on how leaders learn) and “Service BUILDS Sales” (on how leaders sell), and more than one dozen rapid-read white papers on critical success factors for leaders.

From 1986 to 1990, Daniel was President and CEO of MAI, a regional management consultancy. This role gave him advanced education and experience in organizational design and development. MAI was acquired in 1990 by Organizational Leadership and Development, Inc. After this sale, Daniel left to create the SOLID suite of companies. Prior to this, from 1982 to 1986, Daniel was President and CEO of Wellness Consulting, Inc., a management training and development firm specializing in the healthcare industry. During this time, he gained expertise in the behavioral sciences, learned curriculum design, and developed the first part of his executive coaching methodology. Daniel began his career in 1975 as a personal trainer and fitness coach.

Daniel is gratefully married to Patty, the woman of his dreams, and has three awesome daughters.