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Introduction to Leadership Coaching

About the program

A coaching approach can be used in a brief, informal setting or a formal performance management situation.  Introduction to Leadership Coaching provides the skills and confidence required for managing others with a coaching approach.

Participants will learn how to use the GROWTH coaching model for coaching conversations with individuals and teams. Coaching approaches to leadership are extremely effective and participant will get a solid introduction to how and why this is so.

Learning intention

At the end of this program participants will conduct performance development conversations that support and motivate teachers to be the best they can and to provide challenging feedback, in the moment and as required.

Success criteria

As a result of this program participants will have:

  • been introduced to the GROWTH coaching system
  • explored and applied the GROWTH coaching model to a range of workplace conversations
  • practised next steps for taking coaching forward in your context
  • explored Emotional Intelligence.

Who will benefit?

This two day workshop is suitable for principals, school leaders and teachers who are open to working collaboratively with colleagues in the workplace.

Participant expectations

Participants are expected to practice performance conversations using a leadership coaching approach.  They will explore and experience the impact of coaching conversations. 

About the facilitators

Growth Coaching International (GCI) is one of the largest providers of coaching and coach training in the Australian education sector. With offices covering every state and territory in Australia, New Zealand and the United Kingdom, the GCI team is linked into the latest research and practice on school leadership and coaching in education.

Our facilitators include:

Grant O'Sullivan

Kristy Mularczyk

Ben Calleja

Kelly Smith


    Two-day program

    16 and 17 November 2017

    $650 per person


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Previous participant testimonials

"Very well presented and organised – discussion of scenarios and what a suggested course of action could be regarding the purpose of the conversation was helpful."
Rhiannon Geddis,  Head of Department, Governor Stirling Snr High School, August 2016

"This course has provided me with some useful tools to help grow my confidence in this particular area of my role."
Julie Walkden, Manager Corporate Services, Margaret River Primary School, August 2016

"Plenty of opportunities to practice coaching skills in pairs/triads has given me the confidence to start coaching and helping staff achieve goals."
Tamara Doig, Deputy Principal, Dalkeith Primary School, October 2016


Alignment to professional standards

Introduction to Leadership Coaching is specifically aligned with the following key professional practices from the Australian Professional Standard for Principals

  • Developing self and others
  • Leading teaching and learning
  • Leading improvement, innovation and change
  • Leading the management of the school.


Complementary program

In addition, it is recommended that participants also attend the one day Performance Management for Principals and School Administrators program delivered by a team of experienced Labour Relations advisors from the Department of Education. This will equip leaders with the skills and confidence to conduct highly effective performance development conversations, provide ‘in the moment’ challenging feedback in a timely manner, and be able to offer help to employees to develop and improve their performances and then, on occasions when an employee is demonstrating poor performance, know how to effectively address performance concerns within the context of the policy and industrial provision

The two programs complement each other and are recommended for both beginning and experienced school leaders.

Ideally participants would undertake Introduction to Leadership Coaching and then attend Performance Management for Principals and School Administrators.  They are also able to attend the programs in reverse order if needed.

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Dates and times

Day 1 Day 2 Time
16 November 2017
17 November 2017
8.30am to 4.00pm






Institute for Professional Learning
Building B
164-194 Oxford Street

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On the day

  • Programs start at 8.30am. Tea and coffee are available from 7.45am.
  • Business dress is required.
  • Morning tea and lunch are provided.
  • Wifi connection available.



The Institute for Professional Learning is located in Building B at 164-194 Oxford Street, Leederville WA.  We co-locate with the Schools of Isolated and Distance Education (SIDE).



Please note, the Institute does not have on-site parking:

  • The City of Vincent has a number of car parks throughout Leederville.
  • The closest long term paid parking is available on the south side of The Avenue Car Park on Leederville Parade.
  • Short term paid parking (two hour) is available in adjacent streets.
  • The City of Vincent offers a 'pay by phone' parking service.
  • The Institute is a two minute walk from Leederville train station.
  • Taxis service the site promptly.
  • Cycle racks are located outside Building F.

Download the Institute map and parking information.

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How to enrol

Further information

Please contact the Institute for Professional Learning on 1300 610 801 or email


Introduction to Leadership Coaching

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