Q — Do you make exceptions to the application criteria?
For this Aspiring Women CTOs LWCx100 Cohort co-sponsored by RecWorks and Novoda, we have adjusted the application criteria from all our other LWCx100 Cohorts in recognition of the common narrative of female tech leaders, which is a slower and more challenging career journey. For example, instead of having left full-time education within the last 12 years, we ask that applicants demonstrate a commitment to being in the tech space by having attended tech training within the last 15 years. And while we do make exceptions when there is space on the cohort, we do have a clear mission to fulfil — which is to support female tech leaders to be part of that next generation of leaders who coach, and we want to apply that as equitably as we can. Offers to leaders not meeting this cohort’s application criteria would only be made after the stated application deadline, and our decision is final.
Q — Do I have to watch the replay of the Aspiring Women CTOs Talk “Essential Leadership Skills for Your Future CTO Role & How To Get Them”?
We really encourage you to watch the replay of Sehaam’s talk (see above) because the commitment to enrolling is significant (up to 4 hours per week) and we want applicants to fully appreciate the course content, the schedule and expectations as well as know what we would like to read in your application. Tutors are committing time to your learning and success. Part of our due diligence in offering you a place is to ensure you are fully aware of the commitment required so you stand the best chance of enjoying the experience, completing and graduating.
Q — What is the time commitment for this?
Time commitment is maximum of 4 hours per week made up of self-study and assignments (average is 1 hour per week directly related to your work (e.g. a meeting) so the additional reflection/analysis time is minimal, and group coaching calls with your peers (90 mins per week) which leaders have called a game-changer because they really help embed active practice of their skills.
Q — Is this a Self-Paced or Cohort programme?
This is a cohort programme for the Leaders Who Coach™ Enrichment Cohort Certificate which is comprised of 2/3 self-paced study and 1/3 group cohort study. We’ll share a sample schedule with you during the Information Session.
Q — How long does the programme take to complete?
The programme is approximately 4 months including on-boarding and wrap up and 2 x one-week breaks. We cover one skill per week and there are 12 skill across four competencies — you can check out the full curriculum and videos here. As much as possible, we have avoided school holiday breaks like Easter and Half Terms in recognition of possible parenting responsibilities of our applicants. While you are on the course, you have free access to the course and our community for leaders.
Q — Why is there no fee?
We want to achieve two key goals: A) establish coaching skills as a standard and critical skill that leaders actively demonstrate for their own benefit and that of their teams and organisation, and B) shift the trajectory of productivity and happiness in the workplace to a much better place. We believe this programme helps us meet those goals in the short-term and well into the future, especially as Leaders Who Coach™ find themselves naturally compelled to pass on their knowledge and skills. Speaking of which…
Q — What happens if I need more time to complete the course?
We understand that life and work get busy. So we give you an additional 2 weeks of free Community Membership to meet your completion and graduation prerequisites, which include watching all the video lectures, passing all the quizzes, submitting all your assignments and attending the minimum 10 of 12 Enrichment Calls. If you need more time, you will be invited to join as a Better Conversations Community Member to maintain your full access to the course and community so you can work at your own pace to complete the course. The Monthly Plan is £19 per month and the Annual Plan (£190 per year) works out to less than £16 per month.
Q — How can I pay this opportunity forward?
We ask that while you are on the programme (and beyond), you share your experience, learning and skills with your peers, teams and future leaders. Leaders Who Coach™ is about embedded great leadership skills directly into teams and organisations by having Leaders Who Coach™ model awesome leadership conversation skills which include motivating, delegating, giving feedback, creating accountability and much more.
Q — What does CPD mean?
CPD stands for Continuing Professional Development. Leaders Who Coach™ has been CPD Certified by The CPD Certification Service which is responsible for assessing the quality of courses of professional institutes and academic bodies, like universities, across the globe. In approving our course with no revisions, the CPD Certification Service commented that Leaders Who Coach™ is a “well structured online course”, offering “plenty of opportunities to interact” and “very comprehensive”. (We also believe it’s transformational. 😉 ) You will earn 50 CPD Credits/Hours when you complete and graduate from our programme.
Q — How many cohorts are available?
For now and for our Aspiring Women CTOs, we have just this one cohort available in the LWCx100 Programme. If for any reason, the schedule of this cohort does not work for you, you could consider applying for a place on our original LWCx100 Programme and you would need to meet the criteria applying on those cohorts.
Q — Can you tell us what leaders who have graduated say about Leaders Who Coach™?
Yes! You can read their testimonials here. Plus, at the Information Session, we’ll demonstrate some ways you can expect to grow your own leadership style.
Q — How can I find out more?
Details of the LWCx100 Programme are here — this Cohort is part of the same programme but with adjusted criteria to accommodate the common narrative of female tech leaders, which is a slower and more challenging career journey. Full course details of Leaders Who Coach™ Certificate are here with sample video lectures, the outline of the 100 video lecture curriculum and assignments, and testimonials from leader graduates.
Q — What should I do if I’m not sure I can make the time?
This is an investment in you which means it’s important. So talk to your life partner about what it would take and how they can support you — what adjustments can you both make to carve out the study time for the period of 4 months. Ask your boss for their support and negotiate to have the time to take this CPD certified training — offer to share your learnings with the team. The people close to you, who care about your growth, will be happy to support you and even be your accountability partner to make sure you get the most from this opportunity.
Q — How do I apply?
Once you attend the Application Information Session, we will send you the link to the LWCx100 Application Form and the Course & Cohort Call Schedule as well as the application deadline and application process.