Leadership & Development Coaching

Coaching is a partnership - rather than the coach being the "expert" and providing answers for the coachee; the coachee is the expert in the University and the coach helps the leader to become even more of an expert.

Who is Leadership Development Coaching for?

Leadership coaching supports successful leaders to become even more effective. Considered and thoughtful feedback is critical to good leadership however may become harder to obtain as the leader advances through their career. As a consequence, 'blind spots' in leadership competencies can develop. Effective coaches emphasise the unique talents and abilities of their coachee as well as emphasise their coachee's potential. Leadership coaching is about challenging the leader and supporting the leader to change any behaviour/s that are not working for them, and supporting the leader to be open to change.

What is the University Leadership Development Coaching Programme?

The University has compiled a small team of professionally qualified, experienced leadership coaches. These coaches are external to the University. They have experience of higher education as well as broader sectorial experience and specialisms. the University will provide an initial three leadership development coaching sessions per leader. The duration of each session will be between one and two hours - although the actual duration is driven by the leader. The sessions can be carried out face-to-face or by phone. The focus will be on specific individual objectives that are agreed with the coach at the initial meeting, although these objectives may be reviewed and develop as the coaching progresses.

The Benefits of Leadership Development Coaching?

Leadership development coaching benefits both the individual and the University as it is directed at enhancing an individual's leadership capability and this supports the University to thrive. Therefore a range of benefits can be realised and include:

  • Enhance effective leadership behaviour/s
  • Improve interpersonal or communication skills
  • Speed up personal development
  • Strengthen self-confidence, assertiveness, wellbeing

  • Enhance upward management
  • Address conflict, learn conflict-management skills
  • Engage in succession planning and management
  • Engage in career development and planning
  • Find that elusive work / life balance
  • Expedite priority setting and time management

Preparation for Coaching?

In preparation for the start of the leadership development coaching, it is recommended that each leader identifies the areas of development that they wish to work on. this is in order to ensure that they get the best from the sessions, and so that each potential coach is aware of what the focus of the sessions will be. As this relates to personal goals the information is confidential between each participant and their coach.

Coaching Profiles

To identify a coach of your choosing, please to review the profiles. Once you have decided which coach you would like to work with please email Lorna Prince.


To complement and support the leadership coaching programme there is the option of undertaking a 360 leadership and management development 360 feedback tool. This tool is developed specifically for leadership and management at the University and provides a comprehensive, online feedback service, personal feedback session and tailored leadership development plan.Click here to learn more.


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