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Leadership and executive coaching ICF-certification

Leadership Coaching for Organizational Performance at Rutgers

Spring class begins February 4th, 2020

Summer class begins June 16th, 2020

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 now at 848-932-4706 or or start down your path now by completing this 60-second application form.

Dates, Times & Location:

The Spring 2020 Leadership Coaching for Organizational Performance class will meet on the following dates:
Module 1 – Feb 4, 5, 6, 2020 
Module 2 – Mar 3, 4, 2020
Module 3 – Mar 31, Apr 1, 2020
Module 4 – May 5, 6, 2020 
Module 5 – Jun 2, 3, 4, 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.  


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 January 14, 2020.  For all registrations and payments completed after January 14, 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



Kaveh Naficy is a Coaching Practice Lead at Heidrick & Struggles in Florham Park. Kaveh has coached a range of senior executives in consumer products, medical devices, pharmaceuticals, and educational organizations, with a focus on leaders placed to make transformational and creative changes in their organizations.  He earned his Master's degree in Labor Relations from Cornell University and an M.B.A from Boston College. He completed his coaching training at Georgetown University, and is an International Coach Federation certified Professional Certified Coach (PCC). Prior to founding his own firm, Philosophy IB, and joining Heidrick & Struggles, Kaveh held executive positions at Citibank, Ernst & Young, and Warner Lambert.  

Christopher Brookfield, is a Principal and Coaching Leader at Heidrick & Struggles in Washington, DC. As a former entrepreneur and CEO, Chris understands the pressures of leading individuals and teams. He applies that experience to build leadership capacity in executives and translate it into peak performance for their organizations. He earned his M.B.A. from the Darden School of Business at the University of Virginia and a Bachelor of Arts in psychology from Duke University. He is certified by the International Coach Federation as a Professional Certified Coach (PCC).