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Course co-founder and instructor Chris Brookfield will discuss the content and format of the Leadership Coaching program as well as answer questions about certification and the Executive Coaching field.

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Leadership and executive coaching ICF-certification

Leadership Coaching for Organizational Performance at Rutgers

Summer class begins June 16th

Fall class begins September 15th

Leadership coaching – the Rutgers difference.

  • You'll "unlearn" as you develop a coaching mindset.  Coaching requires a patient, curious mindset that is unwaveringly "in service" of your client.  That often requires unlearning the rapid problem-solving skills that often have produced career-long success for you in other roles.     
  • You'll build upon the best of management consulting and adult education.  You'll untangle the complex challenges that confront executives today.  That's why Rutgers has partnered with the leadership coaching team at Heidrick & Struggles.
  • You’ll join a tight network of leadership coaches.  Your value as a coach grows by sharing insights -- and an occasional cup of cheer -- with our alumni in the field of executive and leadership coaching.
  • You’ll earn the most respected credential in Leadership Coaching.  Benefit from a certificate from the International Coach Federation (ICF) and Rutgers, where we’ve been training leaders since 1766.
  • You'll leave as a team energized to help people.  Leadership Coaches are guided by shared passion for service.  As you share your own coaching "brand" on the final day of class, the energy in the room is electric.  You all know and feel that you're part of something bigger than your selves. 

Great coaches must learn by doing

You’ll dive into tough executive coaching problems, based on actual cases, throughout this 132-hour program over four months. The Leadership Coaching for Organizational Performance program is accredited by the International Coach Federation (ICF), which requires:

  • 132 hours of training in ICF’s Core Competencies and Code of Ethics
  • 6 executive coaching sessions observed and evaluated by an experienced coach
  • a comprehensive exam to demonstrate mastery of coaching competencies.

The highly participatory program requires you to be “fully present” in both body and mind to complete all classroom-based activities, practice coaching sessions, individual and team conference calls, and independent reading delivered over five months.  You’ll draw heavily on your professional and personal experiences to develop and share insights as an increasingly tight, interactive group. Participants who complete program requirements earn a certificate that meets the academic requirements for ICF’s Associate Certified Coach (ACC) and Professional Certified Coach (PCC) credentials.

Module 1 - Leadership Coaching Foundation.  You’ll explore what makes an insightful and effective coach by examining the foundations of coaching and how they’re built upon a strong understanding of adult learning.

Module 2 - Creating Awareness. You’ll discover how to be fully present, how to build trust, and how to establish authenticity with business coaching clients.

Module 3 - Language and Emotion.  You’ll learn to appreciate and understand language and emotions to create lasting, purposeful conversations with clients.

Module 4 - Performance and Change.  You’ll learn to apply your developing coaching skills to improve both accountability and business performance.  This is where you’ll help clients and their organizations generate strong returns from their investment and confidence in you as a coach.

Module 5 - The Process and Business of Coaching.  You’ll explore how to make your insights pay for both you and your clients. You'll decide how to define and differentiate your executive coaching niche and promote your unique brand and value.

Contact Associate Vice President Jim Morris at 848-932-4706 or or start your journey now by completing this 60-second application form.

Dates, Times & Location:

The Summer 2020 program will operate on a condensed schedule in which the five modules are presented over four three-day sessions.  The dates are:
Session 1 – June 16, 17 & 18, 2020 
Session 2 – July 7, 8 & 9, 2020 
Session 3 – August 4, 5 & 6, 2020 
Session 4 – September 1, 2 & 3, 2020

Class will meet from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm. at the Rutgers Continuing Education Center in Somerset, NJ.  Directions will be provided upon registration.  

The Fall 2020 program will operate on the standard schedule in which the five modules are presented .  The dates are:

Module 1 – September 15,16 & 17, 2020 
Module 2 – October 6 & 7, 2020 
Module 3 – October 27 & 28, 2020 
Module 4 – November 17 & 18, 2020 
Module 5 – December 15, 16, & 17, 2020


Application & Payment Information:

To apply, complete this online application form along with required supporting information that includes (a) a narrative of  750 to 1,000 words explaining your interest in Leadership Coaching; (b) two letters of recommendations from colleagues; and (c) a resume or online profile documenting a minimum of seven years professional experience and a bachelor's degree.  

The cost of this program is $10,950.  A deposit of $1,000 payable to Rutgers University will be due upon your notification of acceptance into the program, and the balance will be due by June 1, 2020.  For all registrations and payments completed after June 1, 2020, the registration fee is $11,450. 


A Deeper Look at Leadership Coaching Module Content

Module 1:  Leadership Coaching Foundations

As you examine the foundations of coaching, you’ll also explore how learning occurs through an iterative process of conceptualization, experience, reflection and integration.  You’ll examine the conditions required for learning to happen because not all experiences will trigger learning.  Topics include:

  • Coaching’s grounding in adult learning theory and practice
  • Defining coaching and how it differs from mentoring, consulting, feedback and therapy
  • The Coaching mindset and barriers to achieving it
  • Knowing what you know and don’t know: applying Gordon’s Model
  • Curiosity as a learned skill
  • Four Levels of Active Listening
  • Asking powerful questions
  • Defining a coaching presence


Module 2: Creating Awareness

You’ll examine how to be fully present with clients to build the trust and establish authenticity. Topics include:

  • Mental models
  • Perspectives coaching
  • Ethics of coaching
  • Establishing trust and understanding the importance of transparency
  • Uncovering values and coaching using values
  • Designing the coaching relationship
  • Values-based coaching


Module 3: Language & Emotion

Skilled coaches employ language intentionally and carefully to facilitate purposeful conversations with clients. Topics include:

  • Coaching communication skills
  • Coaching emotions
  • Ladder of Inference theory & its application to coaching
  • Designing actions
  • Managing progress and accountability


Module 4: Performance and Change.
You’ll apply coaching skills and strategies, including a review of assessment tools, to hold clients accountable for their progress and to achieve their performance goals. Topics include:

  • Reflective and Reactive Observation
  • Using assessments in coaching
  • Change and Personal Change Journey
  • Team Coaching


Module 5:  The Process and Business of Coaching

In this final module, you’ll examine the business of coaching, and you’ll develop your own personal coaching brand that incorporates your unique experience, insights and strengths.  Topics include:

  • Coaching in organizations
  • The economics and business of coaching
  • Coaching in internal and external environments
  • Completing the coaching relationship
  • Coaching program review



Christopher Brookfield is a principal in Heidrick & Struggles’ Washington DC office and a member of Heidrick Consulting. With more than 15 years of coaching, group facilitation, and training experience, he is co-program director of the Leadership Coaching for Organizational Performance program. A former CEO of multi-million dollar company, Chris applies his experience to help executives build their leadership capacity and translate it into improved performance for their organizations.  Chris holds a master of business administration from the Darden School of Business at the University of Virginia and a bachelor of arts in psychology from Duke University, and he served for three years on the board of directors of the Metro DC International Coach Federation. 


Annalise Matulewicz, is the Principal of Build IN, a national performance and workshop practice.  Annalise’s approach to partnering with clients has been shaped by more than 20 years of driving revenue through building and leading high-performing, international sales teams.  As a coach with clients that range from C-level executives to emerging leaders, she has earned a reputation as both a catalyst for inspiring authentic leadership and igniting positive change. In addition to teaching at Rutgers University and American University, Annalise is an adjunct professor at West Chester University in the graduate program in training and psychology.  She earned a bachelor of science in Marketing Management from Virginia Tech and a master of arts in Industrial and Organizational Psychology from West Chester University. She is a certified Professional Certified Coach (PCC) through the International Coach Federation.