Lead Like a Coach

Are you a leader who wants to excel at managing your team? Does it feel overwhelming at times?  Then this course is for you.

A recent study of organizations completed by McKinsey shows that “successful managers know how to harness the mission-driven energy of their stakeholders.” It also highlights the desire for more coaching and mentorship opportunities for managers.

Coaching is now well established as one of the most important competencies for maximizing and sustaining individual and team performance. The return on investment in coaching is well documented with major improvements in employee morale, effectiveness, and retention.  This course was specifically designed for leaders who want to learn new skills, practice coaching techniques, and get better at what they do. 

You will be a more effective manager as a result of taking this course.  That's our promise.

This Course Will Help You:

  • Achieve Balance Between Your Frontline Work and Management Responsibilities

    Shift Your Perspective From Burden to Joy

  • Improve Performance and Hit Your Numbers

    Learn to Delegate without Guilt

  • Develop Confidence in Your Management Approach

    Empower Your Team

  • Navigate Crucial and Challenging Conversations

    Create a Culture of Accountability

  • Liberate Time to Think Strategically

    Tame the People Pleaser in You

  • Lead in Line with Your Values

    Be Authentic with Your Team

This Four-Week Course Includes:

Eight live 1.5-hour group video calls for discussion and coaching practice

Audio files featuring lessons and coaching demos

Exercises to help you put the learning into practice

Guided reading and writing assignments

Course Schedule


 Each week you access audio and video lessons, short readings, and practical exercises to get you out of theory and into practice. There are live video calls to debrief the materials with the facilitators and practice with classmates.

All Live Training Sessions Meet for 1.5hrs by Zoom Video

Session 1 - Orientation 

  • You will meet your facilitators and classmates to design the alliance together and powerfully set up the course.

Session 2 - Curiosity, Listening, and Intuition 

  • Being curious, listening deeply, and using one's intuition are the three essentials skills you'll learn to integrate coaching into your management and leadership style.

Session 3 - Fulfillment and Values 

  • Sustainable performance depends on aligning personal and organizational values. In Session 3 three you will clarify values for you and your team for more fulfilling work.

Session 4 - Learning Lab 

  • You will have the opportunity to practice your new coaching skills with your colleagues in the course and receive guidance and feedback.

Session 5 - Perspectives and Choice 

  • When you or your staff are "stuck" in a certain way of looking at things, choices are limited. In this session, you'll learn how to shift perspectives so that alternative possibilities emerge.

Session 6- Learning Lab 

  • You will have the opportunity to practice your new coaching skills with your colleagues in the course and receive guidance and feedback.

Session 7- Accountability 

  • Creating a culture of accountability on your team is essential to generating trust between individuals and getting results for the organization. In this session, you'll learn how to establish that culture.

Session 8- Completion

  • You will review the course content and lock in the learning to support results for you and your team going forward.

You will need a computer, laptop, or tablet with an internet connection as well as working camera, microphone, and speakers.

You will NOT be able to dial-in.

Course Facilitators


David Langiulli is a certified professional coach (PCC, CPCC) who helps leaders and their teams flourish, thrive, and get results. David's experience spans the university and corporate sectors for over three decades. Most recently he led a fundraising team at Princeton which consisted of 10 professionals responsible for $35 million in annual support to the University. Several thousand nonprofit leaders interested in self- development, leadership, and management follow David's blog on LinkedIn. He’s a graduate of CTI’s Leadership program and holds master’s degrees in business and engineering, as well as an undergraduate degree in mathematics and physics-engineering. As a volunteer, David coaches youth Jiu-Jitsu classes in the Academy where he trains.

Janice3Janice Cunning is a certified professional coach and facilitator who is passionate about partnering with fundraisers and teams to help them create an inspired vision that transforms lives. She was previously a Senior Consultant at KCI, Canada’s largest fundraising consulting firm. Janice earned a BA in History from Trent University, a Master of Library Science from the University of Toronto and completed CTI’s Leadership program. An active volunteer, Janice recently served as Vice President and Secretary for the International Coach Federation – Toronto Chapter.

Michelle Maloy Dillon is an experienced entrepreneur, trainer, and certified professional Co-Active coach who specializes in leadership development. With over twenty years of entrepreneurial business experience, she brings a playful and creative mindset to leadership development. As a coach, she is passionate about helping her clients be aware of their strengths and stretching themselves as leaders to be conscious of their impact. Michelle holds a PCC certification through the International Coach Federation (ICF) and a CPCC certification through the Co-Active Training Institute (CTI). She is also a CTI faculty member, teaching coaching skills that shift the leadership paradigm to one of self-authorship, self-authority, and relationship. As a volunteer, Michelle provides coaching to United Nations humanitarian staff located around the world.

What People Say About this Course

I have always seen myself as a mentor, but now I hope to use the skills I have gained from this course to coach more than give advice. -- Terri Norton, Associate Dean for Student Success and Assoc. Professor in Civil & Env. Engineering, Bucknell University

Some very good, practical techniques that you can use from Day 1. These tools, once mastered, will make it easier to be a manager/leader/coach. -- Susannah Gal, Associate Dean of Research, Penn State University

This was an investment in my capacity to understand myself, the fundamentals of listening and how I can grow as a coach to empower my colleagues. Thank you all!  -- Krista Slade, Executive Director, Advancement, Faculty of Arts & Science, University of Toronto

This is a great opportunity to test your coaching skills in a safe environment. -- Deborah Barretto, Director, Resources for Mission, Anglican Church of Canada

It's a good introduction to coaching strategies. David and Janice do an extremely good job making you feel comfortable in the class and encourage you to take risks. The course provides you with ample opportunity for self-reflection. I finished the class with practical tools to use at work.  -- Maria Gagnon, Sr. Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, Child and Family Services of New Hampshire

If you want to improve your coaching skills and build a better relationship at work this will help. -- Ago Guastella, Creative Director, Blakely Inc.

The approach of coaching maybe (probably) is out of your comfort zone, but embrace the journey and go with the flow. The learning will happen.  -- Liz Rejman, Associate Director, Fundraising Operations, Pathways to Education Canada

This is worth the time and you will get more than you expect. -- Kat Bassney, Director of Development, Hillside Family of Agencies

Helpful.  I have a greater awareness of my style of communication and its impact on achieving trust and results from others. -- Stephen Kirsche,  Senior Development Officer, Wesleyan University

The course provided a very interesting mix of colleagues. I enjoyed the different coaching and teaching styles of David and Janice. I will be recommending this course to other colleagues at UM.  -- Stella Wixom, Executive Director, University of Michigan Business Engagement Center

So many great lessons learned from this course. -- Kristen Krista, Director of Major Gifts, Franklin and Marshall College

This course provided a great opportunity to pause and take stock of what I know, and what I think I know about my work. It was great to connect with so many others who have varied experience. -- Aneil Gokhale, Director of Philanthropy, Toronto Foundation

I already have some new coaching skills and ways of listening that I’m using in my leadership work. The co-leaders, Janice, David and Michelle held the space with steadfastness, listening and presence to guide us all in the learning.  -- Lana Noel, Board Chair, Threshold Choir

This course is the fastest and easiest way to transform your approach from managing to leading, complete with tactics that work and a fun, supportive environment to put them into practice. -- Karla E.