Coaching is an emerging profession where leadership practices are enhanced through the establishment of a strong relationship that promotes greater results.This course helps new and experienced coaches sharpen skills in developing a working professional alliance with leaders. The primary goal of this course is to offer an introduction to the theory and practice of leadership coaching. Students will gain skills in developing a working alliance using a holistic approach to coaching aimed at helping clients to reach goals and achieve desired personal and professional outcomes. Special emphasis will be placed on core competencies necessary for effective coaching and ethical practice.
Establishing and developing the various voices that may be necessary in the role of a leadership coach is at the core of this course.It provides students an opportunity to develop skills in mastering their coaching voice.This course places a great deal of emphasis on the techniques needed for effective coaching through one-on-one, peer-to-peer practice sessions.While it is valuable to enhance each individual voice, special attention will also be given to the movement between the various coaching voices – from teacher, to guide, to investigator, to expert, to master. This course will explore the leadership coaching as an ethical practice from an emancipatory perspective and will integrate applying the principles of emotional intelligence.
This skills-based course supports coaches in developing mastery in the identification and use of assessments common to the coaching practice.It gives focus to the ways assessments aide in determining coaching goals, client strengths, and important underlying issues in the coaching process. Specific attention is directed to the self-awareness of the coach in receiving and giving feedback on assessments in “real time” applied sessions.The learning in this course builds on coaching skills gained in the Foundations in Leadership Coaching course and prepares students for the work on Personal Mastery that is needed to deepen effective coaching practice.
A key component in leadership coaching involves understanding the strengths each individual contains in the role of a coach.This course addresses personal mastery within the coaching practice.It focuses on the development of “self-as-instrument” in coaching, and on case analysis. Particular attention will be given to the various strengths coaches bring to their practice as well as behaviors that may impede their work. In using reflective practices, examples from supervised coaching engagements will serve as the focus of analysis for students to expand their coaching capacity.
Building an effective coaching practice requires many practical steps. This course helps coaches to pull together the elements of their own practice. The process includes business models, supervision agreements, marketing, legal considerations and issues associated with attracting and retaining clients. Coaches will gain clarity about the kinds of leaders, with which you will best work, create concrete ways to launch your work, and learn important tips from established professionals. Central to this course will be supervised “live” sessions and support for the capstone coaching practice required for certification. Self-assessment in the form of becoming a reflective practitioner is a practice that is at the core of this course.
Leadership coaching is a practice that involves interacting with many different contexts simultaneously. This course addresses the individual, team, and system contexts that hold the potential to shift the coaching voices and skill sets that are developed in the Developing Your Coaching Voice course. Students will be asked to present cases from their supervised coaching work to receive assessment and feedback from peers and professional coaches. Special attention will be given to helping the coaches integrate their learning throughout the program and apply it to their evolving coaching practice.
Coaches must learn how to locate themselves in the context of the system in which they operate.This intensive, experiential course places coaches in a “here-and-now” learning environment where the focus is on the deeper, often hidden aspects of what happens in organizations. You will learn about your own responses to how people take on leadership and respond to authority. Most important, you will learn what it is like to work from “role” when the task is fluid, ambiguous and rapidly changing – much like what is often experienced in coaching engagements. Pre-conference and post-conference reflection sessions will help coaches integrate their learning and explore unconscious dynamics that influence the self and systems.
While the nature of leadership coaching often entails one-on-one interactions, the potential for work in group and team dynamics is significant. The primary goal of this course is to offer leadership coaching certificate candidates an opportunity to develop reflective practice on their work in groups and teams. Using their experience in the "Leadership for Change" group relations conference as the basis, students will examine how they worked with informal authority in the experience and how it may parallel their practice as coaches. Particular attention will be given to theory of group and team development as a way to intellectually mediate the experiential learning from the conference.
Each course will have textbooks and a variety of assessments that will be used to supplement the coursework and teachings of each topic area.