The 4 Strategic Leadership Competencies Explained
Leaders Who Coach™ covers 4 strategic leadership competencies to help you achieve the fullest vision of yourself as a leader, make a positive impact on the business, and take great people on the journey with you.
I — Grounded Leadership
II — Emotional Connections
III — Conversation Skills
IV — Capability & Capacity of Teams
Curriculum + ▶️ Video Lecture PREVIEWS
Leaders Who Coach™ is deeply infused with realistic business scenarios and dilemmas. All the video lectures and assignments are geared towards immediate skills practice because this is the quickest and surest way to adopt new skills and make them your own.
It is the unique blend of disciplines — coaching and leadership — delivered online with realistic and relevant learning opportunities (and Enrichment Calls where enrolled) that puts Leaders Who Coach™ in a league of its own.
Setting You Up to Succeed [Onboarding]
Competency I — Grounded Leadership
Skill #1 — Act with Integrity
What integrity looks like
Develop your leader coaching skills
Promote awareness of how you lead
Create clarifying cultures
Skill #2 — Establish Common Understanding
Make your partnership clear
Start each coaching conversation
Secure an agreement to coach
Who to coach, when and where
Your responsibilities and theirs
Meeting resistance and opting out
Competency II — Emotional Connections
Skill #3 — Build Trust, Secure Permission
Demonstrate genuine care
Act with integrity consistently
Make clear agreements on delivery
Champion their experimentation
Ask permission to coach on sensitive topics
Skill #4 — Coach-Leader Presence
Slow down, read the signals
Open to not having the answers
Open to experimentation
Multiple approaches to the same conversation
Laughter and humour
Working with strong emotions
Competency III — Conversation Skills
Skill #5 — Listen to Understand
What deep listening looks like
Set the scene but who’s agenda?
Explore feelings and concerns
Listen for values, beliefs and needs
Summarise, paraphrase, mirror and parrot
Truth-telling and challenging
Skill #6 — Ask Good Questions
The six sets of questions
Elaboration for clarification
Challenging assumptions & limiting beliefs
Looking for evidence
Discovering alternatives, exploring consequences
Imagining the future
Skill #7 — Clean & Clear Language
Use language for receptivity and impact
Leading, loaded and cryptic language
Distinctions for clean language
Metaphors and analogies
Competency IV — Capability & Capacity of Teams
Skill #8 — Grow Awareness
The POwER Paradigm
The beginning, the middle… then at the end
How to give advice
Skill #9 — Design & Agree Actions
It’s time to begin designing actions
Things to check and confirm
Confidence, commitment, motivation, accountability
When you need to delegate and negotiate
Resistance and objections
Skill #10 — Plan & Set Growth Goals
The Growth Roadmap Tool
One-to-one growth meetings with direct reports
The first one-to-one growth meeting
The 3 tracks: paid work, experience and skills
The 3 decision levers: timelines, effort and priorities
Resources and notes
Tracking progress with markers
Skill #11 — Accountability & Course Correction
Our part as Leaders Who Coach™
What to remember, what to write down
All kinds of check-ins
Troubleshooting and escalations
Re-contracting agreed actions and goals
Unacceptable risk and poor performance
Skill #12 — Progress & Sustained Growth
Signs of ownership to acknowledge and celebrate
More subtle signs to acknowledge and celebrate
The most courageous of conversations
Strategic review — a year of growth
An annual schedule for you and your team
Talking about future possibilities and opportunities
Golden threads to carry with you
Your own growth as a Leader Who Coaches
There are 12 assignments in total.
They are all designed to grow your awareness of yourself in conversations, the opportunities for strengthening your relationships, and the skills to navigate the trickiest of conversations with confidence and skill.
Your assignments include self-analysis and self-reflection, awareness-growing conversation exercises, coaching conversation self-evaluations, team observations, growth roadmapping, and putting in place one-to-one growth meetings with your direct reports.
You need to submit each assignment and get it approved by your tutor to unlock the next skill and to meet one of the pre-requisites for graduating. See ‘Completion Certificate’ below for more details.
Schedule & Call Dates
— For Enrichment Cohort Certificate Only —
The Leaders Who Coach™ Enrichment Cohort Certificate includes live Enrichment Calls for every study week — 12 in total.
Enrichment Calls are led by your tutor who is an experienced and professionally trained Executive Coach, and who is trained to lead Leaders Who Coach™ Enrichment Calls. Everyone honours the confidentiality of information shared to ensure maximum value for everyone.
Offering synchronous (live) learning hours, Enrichment Calls offer invaluable group study time including deep-dive discussions, assignment review and feedback, case study discussion, practice conversations and role-playing, troubleshooting, and peer exploration of real situations that leaders on the course are facing, including conflict, underperformance and people dilemmas.
Enrichment Calls deepen your understanding and fast-track your growth. And as you will be with the same cohort members through this Certificate Programme, you will find that your peers will continue to support one another beyond the programme itself.
You must attend a minimum of 10 out of 12 Enrichment Calls as a pre-requisite to receiving your Official Completion Certificate (see below).
You are expected to complete the skill and your assignment in advance of the upcoming related Enrichment Call.
Enrichment Calls for Cohort Certificate 2022 are on set days and times — To Be Announced.
Full details, including dates and links, are provided to you upon enrolment.
Official Completion Certificate with Your CPD Hours
In order to receive your Official Completion Certificate displaying your CPD Hours, you need to:
- Achieve an 80% or above pass rate on all quizzes
- Have all your assignments approved
- Watch a minimum of 90% of each video
- Enrichment Cohort Certificate only — attend a minimum of 10 out of the 12 live Enrichment Calls with your cohort
The Self-Paced Certificate earns you 32 CPD Hours in total.
The Enrichment Cohort Certificate earns you 50 CPD Hours in total.
Good to Know
For the Enrichment Cohort Certificate, spots are limited to 15 delegates per cohort to ensure you have a great learning experience.