The Leading Advantage Coaching Program is a high-impact, challenging developmental experience for elite female leaders.
Over a career-defining four-month journey, participants will engage in a deep exploration of their own strengths and weaknesses as they relate to building and leading highly effective organisational communities.
Purpose designed to stretch experienced leaders beyond their comfort zone, the Leading Advantage Coaching Program challenges participants to develop their critical thinking abilities and begin to unlock their full leadership potential.
The program employs a multifaceted coaching approach based on expert guidance, self-analysis, experiential exercises and practical application.
Executive coaching sessions are continually overlaid with real-world experience to ensure that participants develop the adaptive skills needed to confidently overcome future challenges, enabling participants to build their self-confidence and hone the skills to lead at the highest levels.
High potential, emerging female talent needs to be properly supported and nurtured if South Africa’s gender imbalance is ever to be fully corrected.
The Leading Advantage Coaching Program represents a powerful opportunity for participants to develop the skills and behaviours that will differentiate them in today’s highly competitive employment market.
Not only does the program provide rapid elevation in confidence and capability but also a unique opportunity to create evidence to demonstrate this.
In addition to developing South Africa’s executive talent pool, the Leading Advantage Coaching Program is recognised as an innovative and meaningful contribution to the realisation of gender
equality in relation to formal leadership practice.
Coaching in organisational and leadership settings is an invaluable tool for developing people across a wide range of needs. The benefits of coaching are many; 80% of people who receive coaching report increased self-confidence, and over 70% benefit from improved work performance, relationships, and more effective communication skills. 86% of companies report that they recouped their investment on coaching and more (source:
The Leading Advantage Coaching Program is designed to expand the capacity of female organisational leaders at all levels and is most suitable for participants with a developed understanding of leadership and its impact on organisational performance. The program generates exceptional outcomes for leaders across a wide range of workplace environments throughout the public, private and non-profit sectors. Designed to be undertaken in conjunction with full-time work, the Leading Advantage Coaching Program is intended for accomplished, dynamic women seeking a truly transformative developmental experience.
The Leading Advantage Coaching Program combines the very latest leadership coaching pedagogy from across the globe with an informed understanding of the unique complexities
women leaders face in the South African contemporary workplace. The Leading Advantage
Coaching Program is based upon a framework that focuses on interpersonal and behavioural dynamics central to the successful leadership of others. The program does not deal with the technical or administrative aspects of management.
The following pedagogical principles inform the coaching program’s ongoing development and delivery:
Participants undertake a psychometric assessment which provides meaningful insight into their personality, characteristics, values, strengths and derailers. The report offers detailed information regarding the characteristics, competencies, and values that underlie how the participant approaches work and leadership and how they interact with others in the workplace. This assessment is designed to bring together distinct aspects of personality to
provide strategic self-awareness and assist in identifying key areas for development.
At the beginning of the program, participants undertake a capability assessment to evaluate
their ability in key areas. Results from this assessment help inform each participant’s
developmental focus and supports them to achieve their objectives. The assessment is revisited at the end of the program. A comparison of the two sets of results enables each participant to measure their progress and achievements and identify those areas that may still require their continued attention.
Over a four month period, participants attend 16 weekly, 60 minute coaching sessions. Using the themes as a guide, participants take a deep dive into their individual situations and establish the foundations for their unique vision of success. The sessions are underpinned by a rigorous, best practice approach to coaching which adheres to the code of ethics established by the Coaches and Mentors of South Africa (COMENSA) and the International Coaching Federation (ICF).
Throughout the program, self-directed learning content is accessible via a state of the art online learning management system allowing participants to engage with it at any time from any device. Content includes reflective journaling, e-learning, high quality video tutorials, ‘best practice’ leadership literature, experiential activities and reflective tasks in over 130 topics.
In conjunction with the various program elements, participants will undertake a Workplace Leadership Project (WLP). The WLP is important in ensuring that learning outcomes are aligned to organisational objectives and that participants can be seen to be delivering something of lasting value to their organisation. Participants plan, implement and monitor a project within their context and collect evidence around their capability. The focus of the
project will be decided by the participant in collaboration with their line-manager, board
director or workplace sponsor. Projects should focus on practical and achievable outcomes and provide opportunities for the participant to consolidate and demonstrate new skills.
Project outcomes may include such things as improvements to operational processes, enhancements to team or culture or ways to improve performance and productivity. After the final coaching session, the participant will complete a short presentation to their line-manager board director and/or workplace sponsor and coach on their WLP and their key learnings.
Each participant will be encouraged to identify a workplace sponsor who will support them during the program. The primary role of the sponsor will be to act as a sounding board for thoughts and ideas and to help ensure the participant feels supported and energised during the program. In many cases, the role of workplace sponsor naturally falls to the participant’s line-manager or board director, however this also presents an opportunity to connect and share ideas with another senior colleague.