Guildhall School of Music & Drama

Core Skills in Coaching & Mentoring - For Leaders & Managers

Why learn to coach as a leader and manager?

Leading a team is a tough job. You need to manage performance, but take people with you. You must set high standards and be in control, but also encourage and develop staff. This course has been developed from our shared passion about the importance of coaching as a key behaviour for any manager, one that gets results and aligns people to what the organisation needs. Everything we teach is based on evidence, on our experience as managers ourselves and on working as coaches with many thousands of managers in both the public and private sector.

The course will empower you to ask powerful questions that create new thinking and give feedback that is heard and acted upon – developing employees and creating a culture of positive engagement in your organisation.

About the course

We believe that practice leads theory by a long way when it comes to learning to coach. We therefore always teach in small groups and with at least two tutors. We work on real material with real people – no watching videos! On the first two days we teach the core skill you need to use a coaching approach as a leader and manager. You then have a few weeks to practice and reflect before the final day. During this time you will have a one to one coaching session with one of the course tutors. We provide a comprehensive handbook and manual.

Upon completion, participants have the option to receive the Guildhall Foundation Certificate in Coaching & Mentoring, accredited with the EMCC (European Mentoring and Coaching Council), by keeping a Learning Log of their coaching practice. Alternatively, participants will receive a certificate of attendance if they do not wish to complete the Learning Log.

Course information

Course dates: 12 Sep, 13 Sep & 13 Dec 2019

To register your interest please email:

Course fee: £1,440 +VAT (discounted rate £1200 +VAT for applicants working in the Charity, Arts and Education sectors)

*Students applying for assessment and certification will incur an additional fee of £200+VAT, payable on submission of the Learning Log.

Participant requirements

All participants will be encouraged to be open and to engage in self-reflection as part of the work. A willingness to embrace change and work authentically and generously with their peers and clients is also essential to successful coaching & mentoring. Participants should have a current line management role.

Special access needs

If you have any special access needs, please contact us to discuss your requirements using the contact details below.

To apply

Please contact or call 020 7382 2310 for enquiries and bookings.