Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Transformational Leadership Coaching

Posted on Wednesday, September 05, 2012 by International Coach Federation

Below is part of an occasional blog series highlighting the Catalysts and sessions of ICF Global 2012.

Coaching is having a powerful impact on today’s world of work which is changing dramatically. This demands a new leadership, with coaching at its heart.

Coaches make a real impact on that world: supporting leaders to transform their leadership, authentically.

Bob Hughes, PCC
Bob Hughes, PCC, and Cynthia Calluori, PCC, are running a catalyst session “Transformational Leadership Coaching: Five powerful principles for developing leaders” at the ICF Global Conference in London.

In this highly-interactive session, you’ll gain an overview of the principles of leadership coaching. We’ll explore what’s different about leadership coaching, with practical tools so that you can coach leaders with greater confidence.

We’re looking forward to meeting you, and we want to start the conversation before we meet – so you’ll come prepared to have a powerful impact too.
Cynthia Calluori, PCC

Principles focus on "who" the coach and leader is being, enabling a shift from the transactional to the transformational. 

A leader needs to feel inspired and be inspiring. The ripple effect of that leader, through the people they connect with, can be huge.

To be successful, leaders need to create a vision; inspire a team, and build influential connections to achieve it. When we achieve our vision, it impacts on the team, the organisation and society– as well as on the leader.

When we’re coaching leaders towards their vision: the principle of trust is vital.  Trust in the leader that they are creative and capable; starting from the positive assumption in their integrity, a belief in their wisdom.

The principle of trust is about trusting ourselves as coaches: trusting the training you’ve received; trusting the ICF competences and ethics.

The leader’s world is a complex place. Before we meet, we’ll share four more principles that support leaders to be successful. See our blog page – we look forward to reading your comments!

Bob Hughes, PCC, and Cynthia Calluori, PCC, are Catalysts at ICF Global 2012, October 3-6 in London, UK, where they will be presenting “Transformational Leadership Coaching: Five powerful principles for developing leaders." Register today!


  1. Leadership Coaches have to have a passion for people as well as for leadership. You have to understand what motivates your clients AND what motivates the people they will be leading. A leadership coach who is not passionate will not thrive as a leadership coach because their lack of intensity will show up in their coaching.

    Leadership Coaching

  2. Excellent post on leadership coaching. My company specializes in providing executive coaching in Massachusetts and we tend to preach some of the ideals of transformational leadership.

    Thanks for the great post!


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