Coaching Skills for Leaders

Posted March 4th, 2015
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The Coaching Skills for Leaders programme combines both coaching skills and leadership development over the course of a year.  The programme also includes 1:1 executive leadership coaching to support the participants in their role.

Leaders will receive training once every half term (it follows the school calendar).  The first and last sessions of the training are full days – intervening sessions are half days.  For those leaders wishing to go through the ILM assessment/accreditation process there is an additional day.

What does the Coaching Skills for Leaders training involve?

Each training day explores different areas of leadership and/or coaching.  It has been designed to show how coaching can address some of the core issues that leaders encounter. Please note this course requires real commitment as there is additional work for participants to complete in between the training days.  As well as the training days participants will be expected to:

  • Complete online modules and homework (about 9 hrs in total)
  • Work in a coaching triad both as coach and coachee (about 3hrs in total)
  • Undertake executive Leadership Coaching (about 3.5 hours of commitment)
  • Reading and research (5 hrs in total)
  • Assignment-writing (5 hrs or more – only for those wanting accreditation)
  • Reflective journal of coaching (3 hrs total)

Participants would be expected to commit to the entire programme and to complete appropriate work/practice in between sessions.  Here is a break-down of the learning outcomes.

Day 1: Full Day: Core Coaching Skills

  • Be able to identify the difference between coaching and mentoring
  • Be able to display good listening, summarising and questioning skills
  • Understand the 3 levels of listening
  • Be introduced to the GROW model

Day 2: Half Day: Developing leadership skills

  • Create and complete a leadership wheel
  • Understand how the 4 pillars of NLP relate to coaching
  • Utilise the IA-GROW model in a coaching conversation
  • Identify personal values

Day 3: Half Day: Building resilience

  • Use coaching to identify stress triggers
  • Develop awareness of work life balance
  • Identify leadership priorities using the Time Management Matrix

Day 4: Half Day: Coaching and team members

  • Present the results from an informal 360 degree feedback
  • Understand and identify the importance of boundaries as a leader
  • Use a coaching style to initiate a challenging conversation

Day 5: Half Day: Developing teams through coaching

  • Understand the different team roles using Belbin
  • Utilise the ‘Time to Think’ technique in meetings/groups
  • Understand and use a reframe whilst coaching

Day 6: Full Day: Coaching in the workplace

  • Identify a plan to develop a coaching culture
  • Understand the power of coaching in performance management/reviews
  • Informal assessment of coaching skills
  • Understand the concept of Action Learning as a tool for team development


The Coaching Skills for Leaders programme is endorsed through the ILM (Institute of Leadership and Management).  To gain the accreditation this involves providing a portfolio of work and an extra day for the assessment.  For those wishing to go on to the accreditation process there is an additional cost.  Please note that this accreditation is not a qualification. It shows that that the ILM has rigorously checked our course for the quality of its content.

The Coaching Skills for Leaders programme is limited to 8 people and two trainers are present to support the group and the learning.