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The UCT GSB Leadership Conversations – Alignment, is a one-day course run in collaboration with the Centre for Coaching. It gives you an understanding on the power and importance of clear requests and promises in making things happen as a leader. This establishes a defined communication path that fosters an effective and efficient leadership style.

It forms a part of a series of six Leadership Conversations under the Integral theory and practice approach.

CFC - Alignment

Key Benefits

You will benefit from this course if you are an Executive, Manager, or Emerging Leader willing to sharpen your communication skills and become more effective in the workplace.

Participants in the Leading with a Coaching Style – Alignment course will gain:

  • The benefits of being skilled in making requests, promises, and offers to optimise business outcomes
  • Essentials of delegating authority and tasks to achieve maximum results
  • An understanding of the theory of Language as Action – Speech Acts
  • A greater appreciation of how you can become a better leader by understanding requests and promises made and given
  • How to create a collaborative environment for having leadership conversations and putting ideas into practice

Gain Successful Coaching Outcomes

The Centre for Coaching takes an integral coaching approach to help individuals arrive at deep insights about themselves – which can then lead to lasting and meaningful development. The integral approach explores all the constitutive elements of being human: spiritual; cognitive; emotional; relational and somatic.


The UCT GSB takes pride in building future leaders and guiding the leaders of today toward sustainable impact in African business and society.

Our degree programmes and short courses deliver learning experiences that are personally transformative because better people make better leaders.

Whilst theory is interesting, leadership is in fact best learned through practice. For that reason, this course is run in an experiential way, using a live-virtual approach on Zoom. Participants are asked to be willing to be fully themselves, fully engaged, open to being honest about themselves and their relationship to giving or receiving feedback in their life (no role plays), and to be prepared to find out more about themselves as leaders and human beings. 

Own experience: Adults learn through their own experience – we therefore insist that we focus on real issues, not role play
Safe environment: We take the time to create a safe, non-judgmental/ confidential space to facilitate exploration and open curiosity
Anchor learning: Participants anchor their learning in what really happens to them and their organisation (i.e. apply to themselves and to each other, not told) Accountability: We ensure the framework is in place for participants to hold one another accountable

The following key elements are necessary in order to keep our workshops focused, interactive and dynamic, and still meet the desired outcomes.


  • We ask participants to read course material, where possible, beforehand. We then deepen in dialogue
  • In the workshop, we keep to a maximum of 15-minute theory bursts with minimal use of PowerPoint
  • Regular breakouts in small groups keep a high level of interaction and deepen understanding of the theory. Where possible, we have a member of faculty present to facilitate the discussion or answer questions

“Zoom fatigue”:

Regular breaks: In order to keep the energy and engagement high, we have found that a short 5–10-minute break every hour including a body exercise (stretching, breathing, standing) works. This replaces coffee/tea breaks. We take an hour for lunch.

High faculty to participant ratio:

In order to ensure an optimum online learning experience, the ratio of faculty to participant is usually around 1:5.

We are able to offer this ratio by making use of the Centre for Coaching’s large international faculty of professional integral coaches who have all trained with us and who have been supporting our academic and/or organisational programmes for a number of years.

Find out more: https://www.gsb.uct.ac.za/student-experience