Learning and Organizational Change

Becoming a Reflective Coach Practitioner

Available dates

Jan 21—25, 2020
USD 2100
Jun 23—Jul 28, 2020
USD 2100


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About the course

In this course, you will complete an array of self-assessments, including the scientifically validated Hogan Leadership Series personality survey, and engage in exercises that result in deeper self-awareness for the purpose of identifying your coaching strengths and development opportunities.

You will learn how to create a learning plan that helps you leverage your strengths and confront challenges you might face as a coach. This course will address questions such as: how is coaching different from other one-on-one developmental interactions; what is the connection between personality and coaching; how can you begin to develop your story as a coach, and why does it matter?

What Questions Will We Answer

  • How can I leverage my personality traits and my preferences to be an excellent coach?
  • In what ways could my personality and preferences interfere with coaching excellence?
  • What does it mean to develop my "self-as-coach" competencies, and what should be my priorities?
  • What is an individual learning plan, and how is it used in coaching for individual transformation?
  • What are the differences between coaching, mentoring, consulting, advising, and therapy?
  • What is a narrative identity, what roles can it play in coaching, and how can it accelerate individual development?

Benefits and Outcomes

Learn what is required to develop at a professional coach and receive one-on-one coaching about how to leverage your personality traits and preferences to be an excellent coach. By participating in this session, you will learn how to:

  • Explain how personality and perferences might enhance or interfere with coaching excellence.
  • Identify coaching competencies and which ones are developmental priorities for you.
  • Create an individual learning plan to be used in coaching for individual transformation..
  • Explain the differences between coaching, mentoring, consulting, advising, and therapy.
  • Explain the role that narrative identity can play in coaching, and how it might be used to accelerate individual development.
  • Identify personal values and their connections with ethical practice in coaching.

Who should attend

  • Leaders and senior managers who want to become coaches or add coaching to their overall leadership toolkit.
  • Experienced coaches seeking to expand self-awareness and develop as a reflective coach practitioner.

Trust the experts

Michelle Albaugh

Michelle Albaugh is a highly regarded leadership and effectiveness coach. She joined the MSLOC faculty in September, 2015, after she earned her PhD in Human Development & Social Policy, from the School of Education and Social Policy here at Northwestern. She received a bachelor’s degree in mu...


Kimberly Scott

Kimberly Scott is Assistant Professor and Director of the Master’s Program in Learning & Organizational Change (MSLOC) at Northwestern University. She came to Northwestern with over 10 years of management and consulting experience in a variety of mid-sized and Fortune 500 companies. Her work ...


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