The UCT GSB Leadership Conversations – Leader as Coach, is a short course that is geared to make leaders more effective by assisting them to encourage innovation within their respective teams. It’s rooted in Integral theory, forming the foundation of a set of six Leadership Conversations. Run over two days, this course is delivered in collaboration with the Centre for Coaching.

CFC - Leader as coach

Key Benefits

You will benefit from this course if you are an Executive, Manager, or Emerging Leader who wants to learn the fundamentals of coaching and how to understand those around you better. 

Key takeaways from the Leading with a Coaching Style – Leader as Coach course will be:

  • A deeper understanding of the difference between coaching and other methods of interaction
  • An ability to recognise when coaching is the right leadership approach to take
  • Attaining skills that help cultivate mutual respect and trust between you and the individuals you are coaching
  • Learning to listen to individuals with depth and clarity to directly get to the root of issues
  • Exposure to Coaching Circles as an action-learning approach to practicing coaching skills.  Each Coaching Circle will be run by a dedicated professional coach who will guide participants in developing their coaching skills

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.


Coaching is a practitioner’s art – only learning about the theory of coaching will not make you a better coach. 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 coached on a real topic (no role plays) and prepared to find out more about themselves as leaders and human beings.

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. 

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.

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