Executive Coaching Program

Leadership Coaching for Organizational Performance (LCOP) at American University in Washington, DC is an International Coach Federation (ICF) Accredited Coach Training Program (ACTP) for individuals who want to develop coaching skills and apply them in realistic organizational settings. This executive coaching program is ideal for anyone who seeks to become an external executive coach, an internal coach, or a leader who wants to set him or herself apart by consistently bringing out the best in employees.

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132 Hours,
5 modules,
4 months

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Fall 2018 Cohort Module Dates

Module 1
September 12, 13, 14
Module 2
October 2, 3
Module 3
October 30, 31
Module 4
December 4, 5
Module 5
January 15, 16, 17
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Informational Webinars

Th, Mar 15th, 12 to 1 p.m. (ET)
Th, Apr 19th, 12 to 1 p.m. (ET)
Th, May 17th, 12 to 1 p.m. (ET)


Sample Attending Companies

Central Intelligence Agency - Department of Defense - Department of the Navy - Department of Education - PricewaterhouseCoopers - IBM - Booz Allen Hamilton - Merck - Johnson & Johnson - Morgan Stanley - Nestle - Pepsico - ESPN - Chase - Capital One - Sanofi - Otsuka - Novartis

Executive Coaching Modules

Classes meet in-person once a month for two- or three-day blocks, and instruction lasts from 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

In addition to 12 full days of in-class instruction, learning is supplemented by weekly telephone conference calls, assigned readings, and journaling. Students begin to practice coaching after the second module, and record their coaching sessions to receive individual feedback from faculty members and accredited coaches to help them improve and further develop their coaching skills.

Learning Objective: Participants explore foundational coaching concepts and their relationship to adult learning theory.

Topics Covered:
  • PIB coaching model and adult learning perspective
  • What is coaching?
  • Stages of Learning – Gordon Model
  • Active listening skills
  • Powerful questioning
  • Coaching presence
Learning Objective: Participants discover how to be fully present, build trust, and establish authenticity with clients

Topics Covered:
  • Values-based coaching
  • Mental models
  • Perspectives coaching
  • Establishing trust and intimacy
  • Technical problems vs adaptive challenges
  • Establishing the coaching relationship
Learning Objective: Participants learn how to use language and emotions to create purposeful conversations with clients

Topics Covered:
  • Ladder of Inference
  • Designing actions
  • Planning and goal-setting
  • Coaching communication skills
  • Coaching emotions
  • Managing progress and accountability
Learning Objective: Participants learn to apply their newfound coaching skills in support of the client’s change journey and goals.

Topics Covered
  • Change and personal change journey
  • Use of assessments in coaching
  • High-performing teams
  • Reflective observer
Learning Objective: Participants discuss the business of coaching and develop their own personal coaching brand.

Topics Covered
  • Coaching in organizations
  • Coaching using 360 feedback
  • The economics and business of coaching
  • Internal vs external coaching
  • Completing the coaching relationship

The International Coaching Federation (ICF) is the largest accrediting body for institutional executive coaching programs. They require Coach Training Programs to go through a rigorous application and accreditation process, resulting in programs that are recognized throughout both the coaching industry and by those who hire coaches.