Leadership Coaching Strategies

With business moving at breakneck speed, frequent job shifts, and limited in-house training, professionals of all levels are often grappling with changes. As a result, organizations are in dire need of leaders who can guide their colleagues through workplace challenges, help them improve performance, and lead them through career decisions.

This two-day program is designed for leaders and managers with an internal team of direct reports. It provides the fundamentals of coaching, and gives insight into techniques that help you become a mentor who can drive your team and colleagues to succeed.

You’ll develop a strategy for coaching based on your unique strengths and experiences. Through case studies and experiential exercises—including ones that place you in the shoes of someone receiving coaching—you’ll develop and fine-tune essential coaching skills. By moving beyond typical mentoring and day-to-day managing, you’ll find new ways to strengthen your team and add value to your organization.

Program Benefits

  • Become a better leader by developing your coaching toolkit
  • Help your employees reach their potential, while supporting the goals of the company
  • Promote a company culture that supports professional growth and retains talented team members
  • Prepare for expanded management responsibilities
  • Practice key elements of the coaching process, from contracting to initial meeting to completion
  • Earn a Certificate of Participation from the Harvard University Division of Continuing Education

Topics Covered

  • Developing a coaching mindset by examining the latest coaching principles and best practices
  • Discovering essential competencies for effective coaching: thinking, being, and doing
  • Using personal assessment tools to help people understand how others perceive them
  • Adapting your coaching style to the needs of different individuals by practicing mirroring, directive, guiding, and facilitating conversations
  • Overcoming common coaching challenges, such as delivering difficult feedback in a way that promotes constructive outcomes
  • Gaining greater self-awareness through coaching and furthering your own professional development

Who Should Enroll

This program is designed for internal managers who want to develop a coaching approach to leadership, as well as HR professionals who want to coach leaders within their organization or who are responsible for hiring external coaches. This program is not intended for external coaching consultants nor those with a background in coaching.

Program Information

Program Dates

February 24–25, 2020
Instructor Madeline McNeely
May 13–14, 2020
Instructor Michelle Ehrenreich
July 22–23, 2020
Instructor Michelle Ehrenreich
August 31–September 1, 2020
Instructor Madeline McNeely

Class Times

2019 Class Times: 9am-5pm
2020 Class Times: 8:30am-4:30pm

Program Fee

2019 Program Fee: $2,850
2020 Program Fee: $2,895


One Brattle Square
Harvard University
Cambridge, Mass.


Madeline McNeely is the founder of Conditioning Leaders. For more than 25 years, she has been a coach, consultant, facilitator, and trainer to leaders in business and nonprofit settings. McNeely is a master-level coach who develops other coaches. She has designed and taught classes on leadership mastery, cultivating presence, and embodied leadership. Her corporate clients include Abt Associates, Medidata Solutions, and Putnam Investments, and her nonprofit clients include City Year and Justice Resource Institute. She holds an MEd from Temple University.

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Michelle Ehrenreich is the founding partner of Acuity Partners, a management consultancy firm that helps clients develop effective business, marketing, and communications strategies. She has helped hundreds of executives become more effective leaders and communicators. Previously, Ehrenreich developed workshops and management communication training programs at McKinsey and Company, and marketing and growth strategies for Mercer Management Consulting. She holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and an MS in applied mathematics from Stanford University.

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