Leadership Coach

Role of a Leadership Coach

Leadership coaches assume a variety of roles throughout their relationship with the student with whom they work. However, at its foundation, the coach is responsible for mentoring the student through the leadership process. This is an opportunity for students to establish and strengthen a relationship with an Elon faculty or staff member who can provide guidance and mentorship. This requires leadership coaches to:

  • Develop and nurture a mentoring relationship with the student
  • Challenge the student to grow and excel, while also supporting them
  • Provide insight, advice, and feedback to the student
  • Encourage the student to move through the LEAD Program and continue their involvement through the next respective tier
  • In a broad sense, assess the student’s leadership effectiveness
  • Know and understand the requirements for completing the LEAD Program
  • Meet at least once a semester with the  student (monthly or more frequent meetings are highly encouraged to support students’ learning)
  • Maintain regular contact with the  student, even if abroad or otherwise off campus for the semester
  • Work with the student to construct expectations for the coach-student relationship
  • Utilize leadership coach resources, including the leadership coach manual

More specifically through your coaching relationship, students will be able to: 

  • Explore personal foundations of leadership by understanding personal skills and styles and articulating a personalized leadership definition.
  • Continue growth as a leader by seeking out and leveraging feedback, determining personal balance and well-being, developing a mentor/mentee relationship, and fostering self-development.
  • Leading in the interpersonal context by communicating effectively.

Resources for Leadership Coaches

The Center for Leadership staff can provide you with the support to feel successful in your coaching responsibilities. These support initiatives include the following:

1. Leadership coach workshops throughout the academic year. We offer the following sessions each semester:

  • Coach Orientation (60 minutes) – provides an introduction to the LEAD Program, including participant requirements, coach expectations, and strategies for successful coaching.
  • Coach Connection Roundtable (60 minutes) – addresses coaches’ concerns and provides Center for Leadership staff feedback. This roundtable discussion includes a variety of topics such as challenges to coaching, how to teach critical reflection, how to help students through LEAD, etc.

2. The Center for Leadership staff coordinates an annual Opening Ceremony every fall to bring students and coaches together in a larger community. This is a great chance to reconnect with your LEAD Program student(s) and meet other participants and coaches in LEAD, while learning about Center for Leadership updates, and be inspired by a leadership speaker. This year’s Opening Ceremony will take place on Sunday, September 7th at 5:00pm in Whitley Auditorium.

3. The Center for Leadership staff coordinators an annual Cannon Celebration every spring to celebrate the leadership accomplishments of all students involved in our leadership initiatives. This is a great chance for you to recognize your student’s growth and leadership contributions to the Elon community. Cannon Celebration typically takes place during the first week in May.

4. The LEAD website is an excellent resource. It includes an FAQ on coaching students and tips on good coaching techniques.

5. The Center for Leadership is active on social media through Facebook, Twitter (@ElonLeadership), and Instagram (ElonLeadership). Through these social media sites, we provide regular tips for leaders and mentors, articles related to leadership, and reminders for campus events related to leadership development, including LEAD workshops and due dates.

6. Within the Center for Leadership, there is a Resource Library that includes books and articles related to leadership and mentoring. All library resources can be checked out by any leadership coach. Additional materials are located in Belk Library.

7. Lastly, the Center for Leadership staff is interested in meeting individually with any leadership coach who has questions, concerns, or would like advice. Please contact Dana Carnes at the Center for Leadership to schedule a meeting.