Become a Leadership Coach

“Having the opportunity to work one-on-one with my silver leadership coach has been the most authentic and beneficial addition to my leadership journey here at UNCG and beyond.”

-Brandy, UNCG Student

Program Background

UNCG is committed to providing students with leadership education, training, and development. The three-tiered Leadership Challenge program helps students work on personal growth initiatives, identify behavioral tendencies, and learn how their actions impact the process of leadership.

 What is Leadership Development Coaching?

Coaching is “partnering with clients in a thought-provoking and creative process that inspires them to maximize their personal and professional potential.” (from the International Coach Federation)

 What does a Leadership Development Coach do?

You’ll support students through the process of achieving specific personal or professional results within their leadership development through individualized coaching sessions.

Through these sessions, you will assist participants in developing personal, professional, and academic goals, and challenge them to find answers from within based on their values, preferences, experiences, and unique perspectives.


“Being a Silver Leadership Coach gave me the unique opportunity to help students through a crucial time in their development.  It is an experience I will always cherish!”

– Austin, Leadership Coach


What kind of training will I receive?

The initial training will cover coaching vs. counseling, facilitation tools, helping students identify goals, leadership skills assessment and more. You also have the opportunity to attend monthly educational sessions. These sessions will provide you with the tools you need to become an effective coach.

Benefits of becoming a coach:

There are many benefits to becoming a leadership development coach! You will prepare students for a lifetime of active citizenship and ethical leadership – so these students may become the next leaders in their community. In addition, you will develop your own skills in areas such as active listening, guided discovery, and reflective practices.

Program commitments and expectations:

As a Leadership Development Coach, you will accept a coaching term of one academic year.

Sessions are typically 30-45 minutes long and will involve 20-30 minutes of planning/preparation per session.

 Your Responsibilities:

  • Attend training to become a Leadership Development Coach (Spring 2021 dates TBD)
  • When possible, attend the monthly professional development sessions
  • Facilitate six individual coaching sessions with each student assigned to you (ideally 3 in the fall, 3 in the spring)
  • Champion participants through the creation and development of goals
  • Keep and maintain coaching notes 
  • Maintain open and consistent communication with OLCE

About the Client/Coach Relationship:

The program expects that students can count on their coach to support their personal aspirations and leadership growth by asking questions, making observations, and providing a safe, supportive space in which these topics can be discussed.

The coach can count on the student to be committed to the program and follow through with requirements.  Students may also need to work outside of the coaching sessions so that they arrive prepared to engage, be open to feedback and challenge current beliefs.

Both will be committed to the Client/Coach relationship. The Client and Coach may choose to discontinue the coaching relationship at any point in the program.

Interested in becoming a coach?

We are currently accepting candidates who are interested in becoming Leadership Development Coaches in the Spring 2021 semester!  Please email April Marshall at aamarsha@uncg.edu for more details.