Introduction to Leadership Coaching - Online

Introduction to Leadership Coaching - Online

This practical program explores all three elements of effective coaching practice: the GROWTH conversational framework; the key coaching skills; and a coaching way of being. It provides an introduction to the concept of a coaching approach and explores this in the context of feedback conversations. Participants will develop the skills and confidence to have coaching conversations and will be able to adopt a coaching stance in leadership.

Who Is It For?

This course is appropriate for educators who want to build the capacity of others through coaching and a coaching approach to leadership and developmental conversations.

Program Outcomes

  • Understanding and application of all three elements of effective coaching
    • the GROWTH framework;
    • the four key coaching skills; and
    • a coaching way of being;

  • Greater confidence and skill in taking a coaching approach to providing feedback

  • Understanding the relationship between feedback and coaching conversations

  • Numerous opportunities for direct experience of the impact of coaching conversations applied to real leadership situations in educational settings

Mode of Delivery

Thoughtfully designed for online learning, this program builds on the pedigree of our highly regarded face-to-face training programs that are underpinned by high-quality, research-informed and up-to-date intellectual property; a commitment to interactive and engaging learning experiences; and expert facilitation by skilled professionals with extensive experience of working in education.

A Learning Design to Enable ‘Praxis’
Our spaced learning design consists of live interactive workshops using Zoom complemented by self-paced modules on our Learning Management System (LMS). By spreading the learning over a number of weeks, participants are able to go through a praxis-enabling process of learning, reflecting and implementing in context. When we are engaged in praxis we are reflecting in action – taking what we are learning and applying it in real-life situations. Our online program design provides greater opportunity for immediate implementation in context than conventional multi-day programs.

Program Structure

  • 6 live interactive online workshops (120 mins each)
  • Pre and post workshop modules (self-paced on our Learning Management System)

This program is available as an in-house or open-enrolment program.

The 6 live interactive workshops are not webinars or online lectures. Our programs utilise the versatility of the Zoom Pro platform to enable the most interactive and engaging experience in each of our live workshops. This is achieved through a careful balance of:

  • screen-share lecturettes
  • live and recorded coaching demonstrations
  • whole group debrief
  • open-forum Q&A
  • paired and triad coaching practice in breakout rooms
  • small group discussion and practical activities in breakout rooms, and the use of the chat and whiteboard functions to capture the insights of the whole group
  • Regular stretch breaks are built into each 2 hour workshop.

The live interactive workshops are complemented by self-paced modules on our Learning Management System (LMS). Participants create an account and complete pre and post workshop modules over the six weeks of the program. The notional time to engage with the Introduction to Leadership Coaching modules is approximately 6 hours in total.

The LMS modules contain a curated selection of readings, podcasts, videos and guided reflection activities designed to extend and deepen participant learning and set the scene for the next workshop.

By creating an LMS account, participants have ongoing access to the materials beyond the completion of the program.

Click here to register in one of our Global Open-enrolment Cohorts

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How is coaching in education different from coaching in other sectors?

The key differentiator is that coaching in education has a clear purpose: improved outcomes for learners. While the focus is on the success and wellbeing of learners, coaching is used to support everyone in the educational community.

The Global Framework for Coaching and Mentoring in Education (van Nieuwerburgh, Knight & Campbell, 2019) shows 4 areas where coaching is being used currently in schools, colleges and universities:

   To support students directly

  • Teachers with coaching skills are able to have more positive and solution-focused conversations with students
  • Teachers can use coaching to help students to build on their strengths, set inspiring goals, and increase their agency
  • Student coaching conversations elevate student voice and choice, enhancing student motivation and wellbeing

   To support educational leadership

  • Educational leaders who receive coaching benefit from having a safe space reflect and plan, leading to greater strategic clarity, confidence and agency.
  • Educational leaders who adopt coaching as a way of leading are able to better support and engage their colleagues in a way that promotes ownership , responsibility and professionalism .

   To improve the professional practice of educators

  • Teachers and other educators who receive coaching in relation to their professional practice experience increased self-efficacy and are able to sustain the implementation of new practices to meet the needs of their students.
  • Teachers and other educators can use coaching skills to improve the quality of dialogue , including providing feedback, with their peers that leads to increased levels of collegiality , collaboration and trust.

   To connect educational institutions to their communities

  • Teachers and leaders can deploy their coaching skills with parents , carers and other members of the school community to increase levels of authentic engagement and collaboration.
  • Teachers and leaders talking a coaching approach to communication with multiple stakeholders in their school community can increase their sense commitment and support for the aims and aspirations of the institution.

Define Coaching and A Coaching Approach

"a one-to-one conversation focused on the enhancement of learning and development through increasing self-awareness and a sense of personal responsibility, where the coach facilitates the self-directed learning of the coachee through questioning, active listening, and appropriate challenge in a supportive and encouraging climate"
(van Nieuwerburgh, 2012)

"intentionally managed conversations that employ active listening, skilful questioning and other coaching skills tempered with high levels of emotional intelligence, in order to raise awareness and encourage responsibility in the coachee"
(Munro, 2016)

A ‘coaching approach’ is about intentionally utilising the transferable elements of coaching in a range of conversational situations that would not typically be considered coaching interactions.
Some ‘transferable’ elements of coaching include:

  • A focus on learning
  • Encouraging personal responsibility and self-direction
  • A focus on the coachee’s agenda
  • Providing both support and challenge
  • A non-evaluative stance and encouraging climate
  • Based on a partnership approach
  • They focus more on the present and future (than the past)
(Campbell & van Nieuwerburgh, 2018)

"In defining coaching as a form of ‘conversation’ it can be easy to trivialise and underplay the critical importance of effective coaching skill development training. Coaching is a specific kind of conversation, full of intention; subtle and not so subtle shifts in perspective; carefully nuanced language; and acutely refined listening among other things"
(Campbell, 2016)


Click here to register in one of our Global Open-enrolment Cohorts

Click here to find out about our INTENSIVE version


In Australia: $670 + GST
Outside Australia: $670
Your fee includes:
  • 6 live interactive online workshops (120 mins each)
  • Pre and post workshop modules (self-paced on our Learning Management System)

Terms and Conditions

GCI Online Open-Enrolment Program Cancellation & Transfer Policy
By registering for any of our GCI Online Open-Enrolment Programs the following cancellation policy applies:
All cancellations or changes must be requested in writing by email to

If you are unable to attend the program you may transfer1:
•To another program. However, only one change is allowed and you must attend another program within six months of initial program.
•Your registration to another nominated person or
1Given the nature of our online programs it is not possible to transfer to another program after the program has started.

The following transfer and cancellation fees apply:
•Cancellations or transfers greater than 3 weeks prior to the program attract no fees and the full program fee will be refunded.
•Cancellations or transfers less than 3 weeks prior to the program:
     ~ $50 plus GST transfer fee for rescheduling to another program or
     ~ $50 plus GST transfer fee for nominating another attendee or
     ~ 50% of the program fee plus GST for cancellation requests.

•Cancellations or transfers less than 1 week prior to the program start date:
      ~ $100 plus GST transfer fee for rescheduling to another program or
      ~ $100 plus GST transfer fee for nominating another attendee or
      ~ Program fee is non-refundable for cancellation requests.

By registering for this program, participants agree to commit to all scheduled workshop dates for their chosen cohort. In the event that a participant does not attend a scheduled workshop, the participant will forfeit their place with their current cohort and will have to restart the program. To restart the program with a different cohort, the participant will be charged a transfer fee of $100 plus GST.



Timeframe  Transfer to another program  Nominate another
Greater than 3 weeks prior to the program 

No additional fee  No additional fee  Full refund 
Greater than 1 week but less than 3 weeks prior to the program 

$50 plus GST  $50 plus GST  50% of program fee plus GST
Less than 1 week prior to the program 

$100 plus GST   $100 plus GST   100% of program fee plus GST
“No Show” Not attending the program 

Not applicable  Not applicable  100% of program fee plus GST 

In the event that a program is cancelled, registrants will be reimbursed their registration fee.

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