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Executive Coaching Program

Leadership Coaching for Organizational Performance (LCOP) at American University in Washington, DC is an International Coach Federation (ICF) Accredited Coach Training Program (ACTP) for individuals who want to develop coaching skills and apply them in realistic organizational settings. This executive coaching program is ideal for anyone who seeks to become an external executive coach, an internal coach, or a leader who wants to set him or herself apart by consistently bringing out the best in employees.

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132 Hours,
5 modules,
4 months

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Summer 2019 Cohort Dates

Session 1
May 29, 30, 31
Session 2
June 17, 18, 19
Session 3
July 15, 16, 17
Session 4
August 13, 14, 15

Please note that although there are four sessions in the summer, all material in each module is covered.

Fall 2019 Cohort Module Dates

Module 1
Sep 17, 18, 19
Module 2
Oct 10, 11
Module 3
Nov 5, 6
Module 4
Dec 10, 11
Module 5
Jan 14, 15, 16

Location, Location, Location!

American University is centrally located in the Washington Metro Area and offers convenient on-site parking.

Sample Attending Companies

Central Intelligence Agency - Department of Defense - Department of the Navy - Department of Education - PricewaterhouseCoopers - IBM - Booz Allen Hamilton - Merck - Johnson & Johnson - Morgan Stanley - Nestle - Pepsico - ESPN - Chase - Capital One - Sanofi - Otsuka - Novartis

Success through Executive Coaching

Explore the program through the eyes of alumni and instructors.

Executive Coaching Modules

Classes meet in-person once a month for two- or three-day blocks, and instruction lasts from 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

In addition to 12 full days of in-class instruction, learning is supplemented by weekly telephone conference calls, assigned readings, and journaling. Students begin to practice coaching after the second module, and record their coaching sessions to receive individual feedback from faculty members and accredited coaches to help them improve and further develop their coaching skills.

Learning Objective: Participants explore foundational coaching concepts and their relationship to adult learning theory.

Topics Covered:
  • PIB coaching model and adult learning perspective
  • What is coaching?
  • Stages of Learning – Gordon Model
  • Active listening skills
  • Powerful questioning
  • Coaching presence
Learning Objective: Participants discover how to be fully present, build trust, and establish authenticity with clients

Topics Covered:
  • Values-based coaching
  • Mental models
  • Perspectives coaching
  • Establishing trust and intimacy
  • Technical problems vs adaptive challenges
  • Establishing the coaching relationship
Learning Objective: Participants learn how to use language and emotions to create purposeful conversations with clients

Topics Covered:
  • Ladder of Inference
  • Designing actions
  • Planning and goal-setting
  • Coaching communication skills
  • Coaching emotions
  • Managing progress and accountability
Learning Objective: Participants learn to apply their newfound coaching skills in support of the client’s change journey and goals.

Topics Covered
  • Change and personal change journey
  • Use of assessments in coaching
  • High-performing teams
  • Reflective observer
Learning Objective: Participants discuss the business of coaching and develop their own personal coaching brand.

Topics Covered
  • Coaching in organizations
  • Coaching using 360 feedback
  • The economics and business of coaching
  • Internal vs external coaching
  • Completing the coaching relationship




The International Coaching Federation (ICF) is the largest accrediting body for institutional executive coaching programs. They require Coach Training Programs to go through a rigorous application and accreditation process, resulting in programs that are recognized throughout both the coaching industry and by those who hire coaches.