Course Description

Leaders in higher education are beginning to see how key conversational skills can make a difference in a leader's effectiveness and ability to inspire, motivate, and develop others. Drawing upon nineteen years of experience as the first leadership coach training school in the world and the first university-based program, the Institute for Transformational Leadership is offering a three-day program designed for leaders in higher education who would like to learn how to incorporate coaching skills into their approach to leadership. Participants will learn how coaching skills can deepen relationships, open up new possibilities, and empower others to take more initiative in their jobs and careers. Faculty will teach the foundational skills of coaching: deep listening, powerful and wise questioning, how to “hold space” for another person in an important conversation and how to help someone else identify next steps and move from reflection to action.

Taught by top instructors from Georgetown’s highly regarded Leadership Coaching Program, this highly experiential workshop will open the door to new ways of using conversation to transform relationships and outcomes. We will introduce theory, and participants will focus on practicing what they are learning, benefiting from feedback and guidance, and rich discussions about how to use these skills in the workplace.

Course Objectives

Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Identify distinctions around coaching vs. mentoring, sponsorship, counseling, management and other relationship-centered conversations
  • Create conditions of safety and trust that enable powerful coaching and learning

  • Apply fundamental skills of coaching in a higher education context

  • Distinguish how, when and why to use coaching skills as a leader (vs. as a professional coach)

  • Develop strategies for getting “in shape” to coach through self-management, reflection and self-care


Georgetown alumni including undergraduates, graduate students, and certificate recipients receive a 10% tuition discount on this course.  Please note that only one tuition discount can be applied at time of registration.

Early Registration
Participants who register at least 21 days prior to the course start date will receive a 10% tuition discount. Please note that only one tuition discount can be applied at time of registration.

Course Registration
This course is an open enrollment course. No application is required and registration is available by clicking "Add to Cart." Current students must register with their Georgetown NetID and password. New students will be prompted to create an account prior to registration.

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