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CoachUT

Overview

CoachUT is an opportunity for students to receive free, executive-quality leadership coaching. Participants complete five one-on-one sessions with a professional coach throughout the semester. CoachUT is a unique opportunity for students to focus on growth areas that are most important to them, with a skilled professional as their guide, and at a pace convenient to their schedule.

In CoachUT, coaches will establish a supportive relationship with their students, so that the student holds the power and the coach helps to shape the student's development in a tailored fashion. Coaches almost never give specific advice. Instead, they help students reach their own conclusions and goals.

The coaches in our program are professionals who work with executives around the nation. They work on leadership development with others using their specific education, training, ethical standards, and experiences to help them develop their clients for the better. Although they are being paid for their work, their participation is also their way of giving back to the university and helping young professionals develop their life and goals. CoachUT is completely free for all of our student participants.

Beliefs and Commitments

  1. Leadership is a process, not a position
  2. Everyone has the capacity to lead
  3. Identity influences and impacts development
  4. Leadership results in positive change
  5. Our work is grounded in evidence-based research

Benefits of CoachUT

While participating in CoachUT, students will benefit from:

Program Time Commitment

Participants in CoachUT must commit to completing 5 one-hour long sessions over the course of a semester. Between sessions, you will be expected to apply your coaching conversations to your daily life. Basically, you'll be trying to have greater impact in what you're already doing.

Frequently Asked Questions

   What is leadership coaching?

Coaching is what you make it! A leadership coach is dedicated to helping you achieve your goals and dreams. You and your coach will work in partnership. You maintain the power and autonomy over your choices, and your coach guides your development in a tailored fashion. Coaches almost never give specific advice. Instead, they ask questions, provide feedback, challenge you to stretch, support you, help you plan learning experiments, and keep you accountable!

Participants in the program complete five one-on-one sessions with a professional leadership development coach throughout the semester. CoachUT is a unique opportunity for students to focus on the growth that is most important to them, with a skilled professional as their guide, and at a pace and timing that is most convenient to their schedule.

   Who are the coaches?

The coaches in our program are professionals who work with executives around the nation. They work on leadership development with others using their specific education, training, ethical standards, and experiences to help them develop their clients for the better. Although they are being paid for their work, their participation is also their way of giving back to the university and helping young professionals develop their life and goals.

   Do I get to choose my coach?

No; each pairing will be randomly assigned. We are committed to providing a diverse group of top-notch high-quality coaches, so you will always be matched with a good coach. We also understand that sometimes the match just doesn't work, so if you do have concerns about your pairing, you are more than welcome to contact us and we will do our best to meet your needs.

   How many times will I meet with my coach?

You will be expected to complete 5 sessions with your coach throughout the semester. These five sessions can be determined and scheduled by you and your coach. This way it is adaptable to your schedule.

   How much is required of me between sessions?

The program takes a little time but a lot of effort. Between sessions, you will be expected to apply your coaching conversations to patterns and opportunities in your daily life. Practice is crucial to long-term growth.

   What can I expect as outcomes from the program?

Whatever you need or dream. The amazing thing about the program is that it is completely customizable. You decided what you want to accomplish and you and your coach partner to help you reach our goals.

   What if I don't see myself as a leader?

For CoachUT, leadership is not about a position, it's a way of being. Any moment, any time, we all have the opportunity to make a positive impact, to lead. CoachUT equips student employees with the awareness and skills to make the most of those leadership moments.

Availability

CoachUT is currently serving a limited student population, and is not yet open to all students. To find out more about CoachUT availability, email texaslead@austin.utexas.edu.