Leading Edge is an intentional coaching program that adapts the real-world pr...
Leading Edge is an intentional coaching program that adapts the real-world practices and approaches of executive leadership coaching to meet the needs of both graduate and undergraduate student leaders while also preparing them for leadership positions once they graduate.
Leading Edge & The Leadership Coaching Process
Leading Edge is an intentional coaching program that adapts the real-world practices and approaches of executive leadership coaching to meet the needs of both graduate and undergraduate student leaders while also preparing them for leadership positions once they graduate. Coaching provides Georgia Tech graduate (Coaches) and undergraduate (Coachees) students with the opportunity to significantly build on eight leadership competencies via the following process:
Step 1: 360 Assessment
Before coaching begins, Coachees will be given access to Georgia Techâs Leadership Development Portal and asked to complete a 360-degree assessment of their leadership skills. Coachees will assess their own leadership abilities and invite as many as 8 of their peers, advisors, supervisors, friends, and coworkers to give them feedback as well. Once the assessment is complete, Coachees will meet with their coach to review their results, identify perception gaps between themselves and their outside raters, and select two competencies that they wish to focus on during the coaching engagement.
Step 2: Determine Action Steps
After a Coachee has determined what leadership competencies he or she would like to focus on, the Coachee will meet with their coach to determine what action steps are necessary to improve their mastery of each competency. Effective action steps are specific and measurable. An example of an effective action step meant to target Collaboration with Others could be to âimprove communication within my senior design team by giving every member of the group a chance to speak before making a decision.â
Step 3: Experiment
Once action steps have been successfully identified, Coachees will be encouraged to practice implementing their action steps via leadership experiments. A leadership experiment can be something as simple as volunteering an opinion during a group discussion or something as involved as developing a communication strategy for a group that is susceptible to conflict. The intensity of the experiment is dependent solely on the willingness of the coachee to engage in the exercise. Experimentation provides a controlled learning experience for Coachees that allows them to implement their action steps, gauge the reaction of their followers, and make course corrections based on those reactions.
Step 4: Develop Key Insights
In this step Coaches will assist their Coachees by encouraging them to dive deeper and attempt to understand the root cause of specific reaction or behavior. Once these âkey insightsâ have been developed, Coachees will then be able to harvest the lessons they have learned from a specific experiment and integrate this new understanding into their every-day leadership practices and apply it to future engagements.
Measureable outcomes for leadership coaching for the coachee include:
The identification and understanding of the coacheeâs own strengths and weakness across the common set of leadership competencies
An awareness of the role that each leadership competency plays in both personal and professional leadership roles
The ability to link leadership behavior to successful outcomes both in and out of the classroom
Recognition of the importance of self-reflection, inter-personal communication, contextual awareness, and self-monitoring
An important note for students interested in participating in leadership coaching to remember is that the coaching process, much like the process of leadership, is iterative. Coaches and their coaches will complete each of these four steps over and over again as the coachee experiments, develops new insights, and pivots their behavior based on the results of their experiments and each experiment will help the coachee reach their full leadership potential.
On March 1, Georgia Techâs Leadership Education and Development (LEAD) Progra...
The LEAD Program is now accepting nominations for the Spring 2014 session of Leading Edge, a leadership coaching program for undergraduate Tech students.
Leading Edge Offers Dynamic One-on-One Leadership Coaching to Undergraduates
On March 1, Georgia Techâs Leadership Education and Development (LEAD) Program began accepting nominations for the second year of the Instituteâs newest undergraduate leadership development program â Leading Edge.
Undergraduates who participate in Leading Edge work one-on-one with a leadership coach to assess their leadership potential and develop leadership skills through experiential learning. At Georgia Tech, we know that leadership is something you âdo.â Leading Edge is a program for intentional and focused âdoingâ of leadership.
"Many of the leadership situations that students find themselves in are hit or miss and often just focused on getting a task accomplished,â said Wes Wynens, director of the LEAD Program. âBut in Leading Edge, through careful feedback from trained leadership coaches and feedback from faculty and peers, students will gain insight into their leadership competencies and apply their new insights to a leadership action plan.â
Students are expected to apply their plan in leadership roles on or off campus. The leadership coach and student then discuss how the student has been able to implement their plan and get continued feedback on their practice. "Through this 'double loop' of learning we can accelerate the leadership development of our students,â Wynens said.
âUndergraduates should get involved with Leading Edge because it offers a practical, personal, and meaningful experience that isn't offered anywhere else on campus," said Rachel Bennett, one of Leading Edgeâs 17 leadership coaches and a doctoral student in chemistry. âTech is known for training brilliant scientists and engineers, but Leading Edge can complement that training by developing leadership skills that will make students successful beyond the classroom.â
Wynens encourages students to remember that leadership is often not about being in charge or directing, but about making difficult choices that allow leader, follower, and organization to move forward together. Leading Edge is a way for students to gain insights into that process.
There are 65 spots available for undergraduates each semester. Interested students will need to contact an advisor, faculty, or staff member for a nomination. All nominations for 2014 Fall Semester must be submitted through the LEAD Program's website by Friday, March 28, at 11:59pm. More information is available at leadership.gatech.edu.