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Leader as Coach: Coaching as a Leadership Approach, Mindset, and Process Online


Coaching is a part of every business interaction, implicitly or explicitly. Leaders can learn a coaching mindset and process they can apply to grow themselves and others around them, creating higher engagement, trust, innovation and effectiveness.

Leaders are often promoted into leadership positions without having developed the skillsets needed to lead effectively. The Leader as Coach: Coaching as a Leadership Approach, Mindset, and Process program helps leaders develop coaching proficiency – a core leadership skill - in a way that breaks the learn-forget-learn-forget cycle and provides the understanding needed to consciously manage the boundaries between mentoring, coaching, feedback, and holding others accountable. The program does this by using a proven coaching methodology that is based on neuroscience, systems theory, and leadership lessons from the greats, such as Mandela, Gandhi, and current leaders such as Satya Nadella (Microsoft), Gene White (Global Child Nutrition Foundation) and Robert Tarkoff (Lithium Technologies).

Leader as Coach is designed to help executives catalyze learning, contribution, and excellence in themselves and others. Program participants will walk away with a foundational mastery of coaching skills at both the intra- and interpersonal level. They will also be equipped to become growth agents in their organizations, influencing and transforming the systems they lead, both through formal and informal authority.

Through their online format, the Leader as Coach: Coaching as a Leadership Approach, Mindset, and Process sessions are not constrained by geography or industry, making them available to a wide range of executives and creating a peer community of coaching-minded leaders who wish to connect to develop themselves and each other. The course is highly interactive, including peer coaching and study groups and live interactive webinars with the instructor.

Upcoming Program Dates

September 09, 2019 - January 10, 2020

Program Pricing


Faculty Information

Hylke Faber Hylke Faber, Program Director
Founder of Constancee and CEO of the Growth Leaders Network

Hylke supports leaders and top teams of Fortune 500 companies to increase awareness of and build skill in behaviors, mindsets and team dynamics that help their effectiveness and fulfillment. In addition to working with organizations, he also leads the Growth Leaders Network, a community of leaders committed to self-growth and selfless service. In 2014, Hylke founded Constancee, Inc., a company dedicated to culture, team, and leadership transformation. Before that, he co-founded Co-Creation Partners and worked at Axialent, both culture and leadership development companies. Hylke has an M.A in Economics and International Relations from Johns Hopkins University and a B.B.A from Nijenrode University in the Netherlands where he grew up.

Joel BrocknerJoel Brockner
Phillip Hettleman Professor of Business, Columbia Business School

Joel Brockner is a leading authority on a variety of psychological issues in the workplace, including change management, leadership, decision-making, the role of the self, and cross-cultural differences in work behavior. He has consulted about the planning and implementation of significant organizational change, leadership development, and decision making with such organizations as the Association of Art Museum Curators, Canadian Health Services Research Foundation, Citigroup, ConocoPhillips, Eastman Kodak, IXIS Capital Markets, MBNA, Pfizer, State Farm Insurance, Southern New England Telephone, and Stratus Technologies.

Brockner’s book publications cover decision making in "sunk cost" situations, causes and consequences of employees’ self esteem, and the role of justice in the workplace. He has published more than 100 articles and book chapters in a variety of prestigious outlets, iencluding Harvard Business Review and the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology. He has served on the editorial board of numerous management and psychology journals including the Academy of Management Journal, the Academy of Management Review, Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, and the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology.

Brockner is a fellow of the Academy of Management and of the American Psychological Association (Division of Industrial and Organizational Psychology). He served as the chairman of the management division from 2005 to 2011 at Columbia Business School.

"Leaders are most remembered for the impact they had on others. In this online interactive program, you will learn how to coach yourself and others to lead with greater authenticity, empathy, and effectiveness."

– The Program Director Hylke Faber, CEO of the Growth Leaders Network & Author of Taming Your Crocodiles: Unlearn Fear & Become A True Leader.

Leader as Coach: Coaching as a Leadership Approach, Mindset, and Process Online

Course Information

Participants will emerge inspired to see every moment, every interaction, and every change in their organization as an opportunity to coach.

The program will help you:

  • Develop a foundational mastery of coaching skills at both the intrapersonal (coaching yourself) and interpersonal (coaching others) level
  • Become a growth agent in your organization and influence the systems you lead, both through formal and informal authority
  • Understand how to create a culture in your team where every interaction becomes an opportunity for learning, contribution, and excellence

*Earn one day of credit toward the Certificate in Business Excellence upon completion of the program.

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Program Structure

Leader as Coach: Coaching as a Leadership Approach, Mindset, and Process is a synchronous online learning experience, taught through a series of video recordings along with bi-weekly live and recorded webcasts, a group discussion board, peer coaching, and more.

Sample Sessions:

Coaching Self

  • Appreciating our Stages of Growth: how do we learn?
  • Conscious management of Coaching, Giving Feedback, Holding Accountable and Mentoring
  • Understanding what helps and hinders us: beliefs, fears and needs
  • Transforming seemingly intractable obstacles into opportunities for growth
  • Integrating personal, interpersonal and tangible aspirations

Coaching Others

  • Developing 5Q qualities of a coach (inspiring meaning, mastering emotions, precision, intuition and contentment)
  • Coaching for Mastery: how do we help coachees take ownership of their growth journey and challenges?
  • Learning the GROW-process: how do we guide coachees through a high-quality coaching process?
  • Navigating the Flow of Coaching: how do we help maximize the possibilities for insight in a coaching conversation?
  • Practicing Mindfulness: how can we become more present to ourselves and the coachee?

Coaching the System

  • Stewarding the Five Things that Shift a Culture (Vision, Role Modeling, Language Markers, Symbolic Bets and Communication)
  • Writing and delivering Growth elevator speeches
  • Transforming Growth resistance

Change Management Session

Joel Brockner, Phillip Hettleman Professor of Business of the Management Devision at Columbia Business School, joins the Leader as Coach program with a special live session on change management. Professor Brockner is well known for his work in several areas, including the effects of organizational downsizing on the productivity and morale of the "survivors," the management of organizational change, organizational justice, self processes in organizations and managerial judgment and decision making. He teaches in the Schol's MBA and PhD programs and is an active consultant and speaker to companies worldwide.

During this program, you will have access to the following:

  • Nine live webcasts every other Thursday from 12pm–1:30 pm EST. (Recordings will be provided after each session.)
  • Each webcast includes key concepts, learnings from great transformers, live coaching of 1-2 participants, and Q&A.
  • Nine 10-minute summary videos at the end of the module to summarize the key learnings from that module
  • Weekly discussion board
  • Weekly feedback on key questions and common themes
  • Individual coaching journaling
  • Peer coaching, one-on-one to practice the learnings every 2 weeks
  • Study-groups meetings once every 2 weeks to discuss key learnings and share writings
  • Website with additional coaching resources added every week
  • Optional add-on: one-on-one coaching with a master coach for those participants who are interested.

The program begins with the first webcast. The learning platform opens one week before program start, and the program's final project is due one month after the program concludes.

Leader as Coach: Coaching as a Leadership Approach, Mindset, and Process Online

Who it is for

The program is designed for executives of all levels who are committed to their personal development as leaders and have a genuine interest in developing others. The program is also highly valuable for intact teams and organizations, in particular those who are going through significant change and/or put a high value on maximizing the potential of their people.

A few scenarios where we have seen Leader as Coach be highly effective include:

Program Demographics

  • Supporting a strategy implementation, such as entering a new market or segment, instilling confidence for the new direction and helping to let go of outdated business practices;
  • As part of a Change initiative, transforming change resistance;
  • Building innovation muscle in the organization, transforming mindsets that support the status-quo and impede a new future;
  • Promoting cross-departmental collaboration, creating excitement for true collaboration and communication;
  • Supporting efficiency and effectiveness programs, unleashing organizational creativity and resourcefulness;
  • Building leadership team effectiveness and trust, increasing personal and intra-personal awareness and communication.
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