Building Coaching Skills For Leaders

Improving education leadership through coaching capability, State Government

The Challenge


IECL was engaged by a State Government Department to provide a Coaching Program for School Leaders and Teachers in Public Schools on behalf of Education and Training Directorate. The goal was to enhance the coaching capability of school leaders and teachers to build the capacity. The State Government department sought a partner organisation that could design and deliver a highly practical solution that would enable school leaders to effectively develop their coaching capability.


The Solution


The IECL "Coaching Skills for School Leaders" Program was highly experiential, providing practice opportunities throughout using real plays as opposed to role plays ensuring relevance and immediate workplace application. IECL facilitators used a dialogic approach to facilitation, promoting discussion and feedback opportunities throughout. During coaching practice they observed, engaged with participants and continuously provided feedback. Participants received an understanding of how coaching fits into and enhances their roles as school leaders. More importantly, participants learnt practical tools and techniques so they could begin coaching immediately. Learning was embedded and transferred to the workplace through one-on-one coaching sessions with an IECL coach.


The Results


A review of program implementation and outcomes between IECL and the client highlighted the results of program participation having included:
Built knowledge, competence and confidence in conducting performance management interviews, in giving feedback and in coaching.

– Become aware of the similarities and differences between coaching and mentoring.
– Confidence in the appropriate application of a reputable coaching model.
– Learnt how to maximise conversation outcomes.
– Seen coaching modelled and practice coaching skills in structured sessions.
– Received feedback to refine coaching skills.