Professional Certificate in Team, Board and Systemic Coaching

Henley Business School

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  • 8 days
  • in person

Henley Business School


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Experienced coaches, team leaders and consultants.

About the course

The Henley Professional Certificate in Team, Board and Systemic Coaching extends further than one-to-one coaching to address system-wide organisational change and development. Accredited by the ICF and offering a pathway to Professional Certified Coach (PCC) credentials (ICF conditions apply).

With an increased focus on organisational performance the programme enables participants to better understand the complexities of systems within organisations, inter-group relationships and working with stakeholders at all levels including boards. As a coaching professional you will be better equipped to deliver individual, team and organisational change and support the high demand for better performing teams.

Essential Criteria

An experienced internal or external coach with over 100 hours of coaching experience with multiple coachees. If not accredited by one of the main coaching bodies, evidence of your coaching experience will be requested*.

A minimum of five years’ experience of regularly facilitating teams and groups and/or team leadership that has utilised facilitation techniques.

Evidence of prior coach specific training or qualification

Proficient in written and spoken English


Accreditation by one of the coaching bodies (ICF, AC, or EMCC**).

An under-graduate degree (2.2 or above) or similar professional qualification.

Evidence of coaching experience can be demonstrated through:

Evidence of a coaching log

Confirmation of coaching hours from an employer if an internal coach

Confirmation of coaching hours if completed through a consultancy

Confirmation from a training provider of the number of practice hours completed for the qualification

EMCC accreditation must be at Practitioner level or above.

What is team coaching? Team coaching helps teams work together - with each other and within their wider environment - to create lasting change. Team coaching develops safe and trusting relationships, better ways of working, and new thinking. You will learn to support teams and enable them to maximise their collective potential, purpose and performance goals.

What is systemic coaching? A system is a whole made up of interdependent, interacting parts. Changes in one part creates change across the system. Leaders operate within organisational systems, and thus understanding the system they operate within (a team, department or sector) is a key requirement for successful coaching.

The systemic coach works both with leaders as individuals but also the leaders as one element within the wider system. You will be able to help organisations better understand the forces at work within their systemic structure to best deliver organisational change. Utilising team coaching enables coaches to deliver a ripple effect from their coaching interventions.

What is board coaching?

In addition to working with individuals, coaches are being asked to work across the senior leadership team (the board); coaching both the individuals in the team and the team collectively, to develop their relationships and collaborative working styles. You support the team to strengthen and deepen trust and effectiveness as a group sharing a common purpose.

Programme structure

A part-time, 9-month programme delivered through a combination of workshops, self-directed study, team coaching practice, and individual and group mentoring and supervision.

Delivered through 8 days of classroom learning, as well as additional mentor coaching and supervision sessions to support your reflective practice and preparation for your final assignment, plus asynchronous online content.

The following is indicative of the course content:


  • Source potential team(s) for team coaching practice
  • Read suggested team coaching books and articles
  • Watch selected online resources
  • Complete psychometric questionnaire

Workshop 1: Introduction to team coaching

Topics include:

  • The business case for, and foundations underpinning, team coaching
  • Developing psychological safety
  • Neuroscience in relation to teams
  • ICF coaching competencies and latest thinking
  • Coaching with boards
  • Coaching diverse teams, including senior leadership, cross-functional, dispersed, temporary and virtual teams

Workshop 2: Team coaching tools and techniques

Topics include:

  • Team coaching models and frameworks
  • Contracting before and during team coaching
  • Developing team awareness, including psychometric assessment and 360 diagnostic tools
  • Facilitation skills
  • Team coaching for future-fit organisations
  • Agile and team coaching, the scrum coach and other frameworks
  • The importance of team coaching supervision
  • Systemic thinking, constellations and practice – working with challenging team dynamics and developing deeper awareness
  • Diversity in teams

Workshop 3: Team purpose, strategy, goals and values

Topics include:

  • Team purpose, strategy, goals and values
  • Ways of working including team meetings and collective decision making
  • Designing team coaching programmes
  • Business development approaches
  • Team learning, growth and innovation
  • Managing challenging team conversations and dynamics
  • Virtual team coaching exercise and team coaching simulation

Virtual Learning Platform

Our virtual learning platform gives you access to videos, demonstrations, exercises, and ICF competencies, as well as leading academic databases for e-books and journals.


You will be assessed through a 40-60 minute live team coaching session.


For participants

  • Gain the skills, knowledge and competencies to coach diverse teams, including board level, senior leaders, cross-functional, dispersed, project and virtual
  • Improve your credibility and recognition as a professional coach
  • Membership of the Henley Centre for Coaching
  • Henley alumni status and benefits

For your organisation

Team coaching can:

  • Support organisational change and help drive results
  • Develop high-performing teams
  • Enable teams to identify their purpose and how they add value to the organisation

Post-programme further study

  • Henley MSc Coaching and Behavioural Change


Andrew Kakabadse

Professor Andrew Kakabadse joined Henley Business School in July 2013 after 30 years at Cranfield School of Management, where he finished as Professor of International Management Development and was awarded the honour of Emeritus Professor. Andrew has consulted and lectured in the UK, Europe, ...

Peter Hawkins

Professor Peter Hawkins is part-time Professor of Leadership at Henley Business School where he is researching next generation leadership and leadership development. He is also Visiting Professor at the Universities of Bath and Oxford Brookes. He is founder and Emeritus Chairman of Bath Consultan...

Jonathan Passmore

Jonathan is a chartered psychologist and holds five degrees, including an MBA and a doctorate in occupational psychology. His doctoral thesis focused on the coaching relationships and behaviours. His current research interests include coaching supervisor and ethics, neuroscience of coaching, coac...

Paul Barbour

Paul J Barbour is an executive and team coach. Paul’s interest in the psychology of teams began during a successful 20-year career as a senior leader in Kerry Group PLC, one of the world’s largest food and ingredients businesses. An award-winning student on the Henley MSc in Coaching & Behav...

Lucy Widdowson

In addition to being an accredited coach and team coach, Lucy Widdowson is Director of Performance Edge Partners Ltd and a global thought leader on team coaching. During a 30-year corporate career, Lucy worked at board level as an HR director and led award-winning teams. Lucy has developed a uni...

Ty Francis

Ty Francis is founder and Director of Meus, an independent organisational development practice specialising in creative and collaborative approaches to whole-system transformation. He is passionate about supporting personal development as a foundation for deep-impact leadership and organisational...

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