Leadership Development (LCHP) 554

Coaching for High Performance

Delivery Mode: Online

Credits: 1

Prerequisites: None

Faculty: Faculty of Business

Program: Leadership and Management Development

Course Overview

There are new pressures on leaders today to create the conditions that engender high performance, to display attributes such as courage, character, commitment from the ‘inside out’ and to create cultures of high performance moving well beyond the command and control style.  Coaching however, is not something that one just decides to do.  Specific skills are needed in order to play a central role in improving the performance of self and others through the application of coaching skills.  Coaching as a leader begins from the inside –with who an individual is – to harness one’s own motivations, sense of purpose, belief in possibilities, give life meaning and ability to change (Hudson, 1997).  Leaders who coach others’ work communicate well, build supportive relationships, and provide feedback that can be heard, acted upon, and enable others to become more effective.

Coaching skills are something learnable, requiring reflection, emotional awareness and change from the inside out.  As leaders, we often recognize embedded habits that no longer suit, and accept weaknesses that must be overcome to achieve a desired future.  Coaching is situation specific, client-centered, focuses on the needs and motivations of the client to learn and change.  Coaching is essentially about planning to effect change in another individual, analyzing current situations, assisting in the generation of options, selecting a plan of action and implementing it to achieve desired results.

Course Objectives

As a result of this course, participants will:

  • Develop an understanding and comfort with online discussion protocols for use in coaching
  • Develop an understanding of the background and history of leadership that has led to the need for coaching competence
  • Develop an understanding and reflect on the importance of emotional intelligence
  • Practice essential elements of coaching skill and coaching process with colleagues
  • Develop a better understanding of own competencies relative to coaching – identify gaps and areas for development
  • Describe significant coaching themes and distinctions
  • Understand the coaching competency development model stages
  • Recognize and understand the nature of resistance and coach a client through it
  • Understand and practice with different performance and relationship combinations
  • Practice coaching methods with a learning colleague
  • Create  a personal development plan to practice

Athabasca University reserves the right to amend course outlines occasionally and without notice. Courses offered by other delivery methods may vary from their individualized-study counterparts.