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As an added benefit for the participants of our leadership development programs (RLA, ALP-RBHS, PLDA), the Center provides personalized leadership coaching services on a limited basis.

What is Leadership Coaching?
Coaching provides participants and alumni of our leadership development programs with an opportunity to further examine their individual leadership challenges, experiences, and future goals through a series of structured and purposeful conversations.

What is a coach?
A coach is a trained professional who is knowledgeable in adult learning and development and certified in the practice of coaching. The coach enables program participants and alumni to deepen their learning, expand their thinking, and move toward action on agreed-upon goals.

How does the OL coaching process work?
Coaching occurs through a series of scheduled conversations focused on the continued growth and development of program participants and alumni. These conversations allow the individual to examine deeply held assumptions about one’s personal and professional experiences, increase clarity around strengths and potential for growth, and imagine new and/or different possibilities for moving forward in leading within academic contexts. Our coaching process in the Center for Organizational Leadership is informed by the concepts explored in our leadership development programs, providing participants and alumni with the opportunity to further explore their unique leadership experiences and goals.

What coaching is NOT?
Coaching is not mentoring, consulting, or therapy. Unlike mentoring that focuses on transferring knowledge and best practices from expert to mentee, coaching focuses on the individual’s own knowledge, creativity, and resourcefulness. Unlike consulting that focuses on having an expert design and implement solutions for problems, coaching places ownership and accountability on the individual. Unlike therapy that focuses on the past, coaching conversations tend to focus more on the future. Whereas therapy can be likened to “pulling weeds,” coaching can be likened to “planting a garden” (Annalise Matulewicz, 2019).

What about confidentiality?
Consistent with the International Coaching Federation’s code of ethics, our staff maintain the strictest levels of confidentiality. You can read more about ICF’s code of ethics here:

Coaching for Emotional and Social Competence 360 Inventory (ESCI) – Emotional and social intelligence play an important role in effective leadership practice in higher education. The Center for Organizational Leadership offers the administration of an Emotional and Social Competence 360 Inventory (ESCI) assessment, along with three follow-up coaching sessions, for academic leaders who seek to better understand perceptions of one’s effectiveness and to develop strategies for building their leadership capacity.

For more information about OL’s coaching services, contact:
Christine Goldthwaite, PhD, Associate Director of the Center for Organizational Leadership