Leader as Coach: A Framework for Coaching in Organizations

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Coaching cultures foster accountability, encourage employees to take ownership of their work and drive goal achievement through the transformative power of coaching. When leaders embrace the role of a coach, they not only drive individual and team performance but also inspire a cultural shift within their organization. This course offers the essential skills and knowledge needed to engage in coaching conversations that encourage open communication, actively listen and provide constructive feedback resulting in continuous improvement, innovation and deepened engagement.

In this certificate program, participants will better understand the essentials of leadership coaching, the different aspects of a coaching engagement and examine the benefits of coaching cultures in organizations.


Course Learning Objectives

The goal of this 12-week certificate program is to introduce the concept of a coaching culture in organizations. Participants will better understand coaching as a leadership style, a framework for the coaching engagement, and how to work with stakeholders and participants to create a coaching culture within their organization. By the end of the program, participants will be able to:

  • Understand ICF Core Competencies, Code of Ethics & Standards of Conduct
  • Articulate the benefits of coaching as they relate to employee engagement, team development, and performance management
  • Demonstrate basic coaching skills and techniques
  • Implement strategies to embed coaching practices within the organization
  • Create a roadmap for a coaching engagement inside the organization

Why This Course?

This program will empower leaders and enhance organizational effectiveness by leveraging the power of a coaching culture. Organizations that embrace coaching cultures improve productivity, increase capacity, and deepen employee engagement.

Target Audience

Mid-level professionals with a minimum of 5 years of full-time experience, preferably with supervisory responsibilities in an organization. This program provides a starting point for aspiring coaches who want to learn the essentials of leadership coaching. It is welcome to already-certified coaches who want to earn continuing education credit.

Program Delivery and Timeline

This program will utilize live Zoom sessions and asynchronous Canvas work. All live sessions will take place over Zoom, every Tuesday and Thursday, 9 a.m.–11 a.m. CT from June 11, 2024 to August 29, 2024, with the exception of Thursday, July 4. Asynchronous modules will be completed outside of live sessions on Canvas.

Required Text

As a learner of this course, you are required to purchase a copy of Becoming a Leader-Coach: A Step-By-Step Guide to Developing your People by Johan Naude and Florence Plessier (2014) by the start of the class. This required textbook is sold by many online vendors. Please look for ISBN number 9781604911749. It is generally available on Amazon.

Attendance Policy

Regular attendance is essential for your own learning and for the benefit of your peers as it contributes to a dynamic and collaborative learning environment. You are expected to attend all scheduled class sessions for this 12-week course. You are permitted a maximum of three (3) absences during the 12-week course duration, which is equivalent to 80% attendance. This attendance policy aims to strike a balance between accommodating unforeseen circumstances and maintaining the integrity of the learning experience. You will not receive a certificate if you miss more than 3 classes.

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Course Outline

All live sessions will take place from 9–11 a.m. Central Time on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Week 1; June 11 & 13

Week 2; June 18 & 20

Week 3; June 25 & 27

Week 4; July 2

Week 5; July 9 & 11

Week 6; July 16 & 18

Week 7; July 23 & 25

Week 8; July 30 & August 1

Week 9; August 6 & 8

Week 10; August 13 & 15

Week 11; August 20 & 22

Week 12; August 27 & 29

Earn Continuing Education Hours

By participating in this class you will earn:

Instructional Hours 48
University of Wisconsin Continuing Education Units 4.8

Explanation of Continuing Education Hours

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Program Questions?

Contact Chariti Gent at chariti.gent@wisc.edu or 608-334-4501

Registration Questions?

Email registrations@pyle.wisc.edu or call 608-262-2451.

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Meet your instructor

Shenita Brokenburr, Ph.D, Pcc

(Ph.D., PCC) is an experienced executive coach, change leader and people strategist with an extensive career in human resources, organization development and change management across government, higher education, management consulting, and non-profit sectors. Known for her leadership and expertise in the people space, she is a strategic advisor and executive coach to C-Suite leaders, a mentor to high-potential talent, and a thought partner to seasoned leaders and individual contributors. She is the founder and CEO of Bridge Braintrust LLC, an HR Advisory, Coaching and Consulting firm in the Washington D.C. area and an adjunct instructor at Cornell University. She holds a Ph.D. in higher education, dual graduate business degrees, a professional certified coach (PCC) designation, as well as senior-level HR certifications through SHRM and HRCI.