Leader as Coach

Designed to equip leaders with coaching skills to enable them to lead more impactful conversations and embed a coaching culture

About the programme

While the Leader as Coach course is designed to develop the leader’s own coaching capability, this course goes beyond the ‘how to’ of coaching. Specifically this course aims to equip delegates with sound knowledge and judgment that will help them recognise when and how taking a coaching approach is effective, desirable and ethical. In other words, in addition to helping leaders hone their coaching skills, this course puts coaching in the context of a leader’s wider responsibilities.

The course is delivered by highly experienced executive coaches who can relate to the realities of senior leadership from their own experience. Combining coaching theory with real-life examples, the aim of the course is to enable delegates to form their own links between theory and practice and gain confidence in their coaching abilities as they learn.

Assessment is optional with Oxford Brookes Business School awarding 20 CATS points at Level 7 (Masters Level) for all who pass the assessment.

This course has been developed following demand from corporate and public sector clients who wish their leadership teams to be at the front of introducing and embedding a coaching culture within their organisations.

How to apply

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Our accredited Leader as Coach Programme has been recognised by the NHS Leadership Academy as eligible qualification for joining their Coaching and Mentoring Register

Programme structure

Leader as Coach is delivered across a four month period, with taught days interspersed with individual coaching practice. The course includes some pre-reading before each course day. Taught sessions are highly interactive with delegates expected to contribute actively throughout the course, including via Moodle discussions. With appropriate support provided, delegates are also required to self-manage their coaching practice in between taught days.

The course is made up of 4 days of input plus one day of Assessment across 4 months (2+1+1+1 Assessment) to allow practice and consolidation.

Course Tutors

Flo van Diemen van Thor
Flo van Diemen van Thor

Flo is an experienced executive coach and mentor who honed her skills in the private and public sector. She founded her full-time independent practice after obtaining her Coaching and Mentoring Master’s (Oxford Brookes University, 2013). Flo’s students especially value her facilitative teaching style, which translates theory into real-life coaching practice. 

Julia Papworth
Julia Papworth

Julia is a Lecturer in Coaching & Mentoring team teaching across undergraduate and postgraduate programmes at Oxford Brookes University. She is an accredited ICF PCC, ICF Coach Mentor and ICF Coach Supervisor, with 12+ years of coaching experience across corporate, education and health settings. Julia also runs a successful coaching business, working with a range of private and corporate clients.

Peter Duffell
Peter Duffell

Experienced Executive Coach with 30 years’ experience in leadership roles. Peter holds a Master’s Degree in Coaching and Mentoring Practice from Oxford Brookes University and is an EMCC Accredited Master Coach. Peter is also a certified Coach Supervisor and member of the association of Coaching Supervisors.

Feedback from previous cohorts

“The Leader as Coach course gave me confidence to help trainees achieve their goals without giving them the answers. I will use the coaching approach when dealing with trainees and colleagues. ”

Peter Munthali, Consultant, NHS

Contact us

OBBS Business & External Engagement

+44 (0) 1865 534800 (OBBS Reception > Option 4 > Option 1)

obbs-bee@brookes.ac.uk