Mason Institute for Leadership Excellence
Center for the Advancement of Well-Being | The College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Professional Certificate in Leadership Coaching for Organizational Well-Being

Apply now for Fall 2017 Cohort!

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Program Overview

Leaders of organizations are becoming increasingly aware of the value of coaching skills in the management of change within their organizations.  Moreover, astute leaders recognize that the rate of change is ever increasing in a globally interconnected marketplace.  Accordingly, coaching skills have become an essential element of a leader’s competencies.   

Created and developed by the Mason Institute for Leadership Excellence, the Professional Certificate in Leadership Coaching for Organizational Well-Being is designed specifically for business professionals striving for positive change in team and organizational culture. Greater organizational well-being results in higher levels of employee engagement, increased productivity, and reduced healthcare costs. Leadership coaching is a powerful framework used to engage employees and their organizations to reach optimal results. Coaching ignites well-being in individuals, teams, and organizations by enabling leaders to uncover potential that might otherwise go untapped.

The Mason coaching focus emphasizes strengths-based approaches and methodologies. Our transformative practices deepen self-awareness, develop coaching presence, and facilitate organizational well-being.  This experiential program has a competency and researched-based curriculum that aligns with the International Coach Federation (ICF) requirements and coaching competencies.

Key Objectives

  • Become a powerful instrument of change
  • Identify the intersections between coaching, resilience, and results
  • Learn key strategies for individual and organizational well-being
  • Practice coaching as a unique leadership skill distinct from mentoring, consulting, and performance management
  • Develop coaching proficiency at an ICF credentialing standard of  PCC (Professional Certified Coach) or higher

Upon successful completion of this program, participants will be proficient at a Professional Certified Coach (PCC) level of certification as outlined by the International Coach Federation (ICF).  For information regarding professional coach certification through the ICF, please visit: 


Meeting Location: George Mason University, Fairfax Campus
Meeting Time:  8:30 am - 5:00 pm

Module 1: September 27 - 29
Foundations of Strengths-Based Coaching and Well-Being

Module 2: October 18 - 20
Coaching Framework: Establishing Trust and Presence

Module 3: November 15 - 17
Language of Coaching

Module 4: December 13 - 15
Building Resilient Leadership

Module 5: January 17 - 19
Coach as Catalyst: Organizational Well-Being

Program Requirements

Successful program coach candidates will complete the following:

  • Attend classes in all 5 modules
  • Participate in short, online discussions between modules
  • Complete mentor coaching with a Learning Lab Advisor
  • Complete 21 hours of coaching with 3 pro bono clients
  • Submit 2 recordings of coaching sessions
  • Complete a final reflection paper

Program Tuition

  • Early bird rate $8,995.00 (For applications received by May 1)
  • 10% discount for George Mason University Alumni and Employees
  • Payment plans available 

Application Deadline: May 1 (for early-bird rate)

Complete an application packet with the following:

  • Leadership Coaching Application Coversheet
  • Supplemental materials as listed on the application form
  • Submit the completed application to
  • Written statement of 900-1,200 words, double spaced, 12pt font answering the following questions:
    • What attracted you to the Mason Coaching program and why now?
    • What core values drive your leadership?
    • How do you experience individual and/or organizational well-being?  
    • Describe a time in your life that you had to draw on your resilience.  What was the situation and what did you learn?  
    • What can you contribute to this cohort experience?
    • Two letters of recommendation
    • Resume


This program is for:

Professionals interested in coaching individuals as part of their own business, or to add coaching skills in their current job. Application requirements include:

  • Minimum of Bachelor’s Degree
  • Minimum of 5 years professional experience
  • Spoken and written English language proficiency
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