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Coaching for Leaders 

Grow as a leader and as a person

The course

Accelerate your leadership and career development through this self-reflective group process with certified coaches of the Civil Society Academy. Become the person you want to be – in every aspect of your life. Become a Leader & Coach.

What’s next for you?

Together with a small group  of 6 to 8 like-minded leaders, you will embark on a self-exploration journey:  

What is the future holding? And, what do you really want to do in the future? How can you empower the people around you and communicate in effective ways!  And how can you reach an entirely new level of leadership

and become a leader & coach? 

The journey comprises of 

Total of 8 sessions of 90 minutes each in 2 modules of 2 days  

2 one-to-one coaching sessions of 60 minutes each with one of our professionally trained coaches  

For whom:

This course is designed for self-aware, proficient, and passionate leaders of civil society organizations or social enterprises, who want to reach the highest level of leadership. Limited seats: 6 - 8 participants per course.

Course fees*:

EUR 750/ person (plus VAT for EU residence)

*Special Discounts for groups and CSA alumni

15% group discount: 4 or more registrations from one organization

10% individual discount: For CSA alumni



  • Receive a Certificate of Exception

  • Learn key concepts and powerful tools

  • Accelerate your leadership and career growth

  • Meet and learn from like-minded leaders

​What you'll learn

  • Gain greater self-awareness 

  • Align your work and career with your values and your life purpose 

  • Understand the role of coaching in agile and successful organizations 

  • Learn and explore how to become a leader & coach  

  • Learn coaching skills including GROW, “the coaching habit” of asking powerful questions, thinking positive, and the power of empathy 

  • Unlearn commanding and giving “good” advice, and learn to empower the people around you   

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Session Plan

Module 1

Session 1: Welcome and Introduction

  • Welcome and Introduction
  • What is coaching and what is not coaching?
  • The coaching wheel

Session 2: GROW

  • The GROW model of coaching: Goal – reflection – Options – way way-forward
  • Coaching demonstrations

Session 3: The Leader and Coach

  • Make coaching part of your organizational culture
  • Make coaching part of your own culture/ habit

Session 4: Self Exploration

  • Your Purpose, values and skills

Module 2

Session 5: Asking Powerful Questions

  • The coaching habit of asking more and speaking less
  • Practice through the GROW

Session 6: Empowering People Through Coaching

  • Unlearning advising and commanding
  • Learning to coach and to give
  • Role-plays

Session 7: The Power of Empathy

  • How to be focused, empathetic and positive thinking?
  • Encouraging people

Session 8: Evaluation and Way Forward

  • Self-reflection: What is next in coaching, leading, in my organization
  • Sharing in groups
  • Evaluation and Closing

“Coaching is unlocking a person's potential to maximize their own performance. It is helping them to learn rather than teaching them."

Timothy Gallwey

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Are You Curious?

To help you decide whether to enroll in the course, we invite you to join our 45 min complimentary webinar “Why Is Coaching An Essential Skill for Leaders”.

Date & time:

9 June 2021, 11:30 AM - 12:15 PM German time

Meet the facilitators

Joachim Schwarz

An experienced facilitator, trainer and professionally trained coach

Joachim is passionate about social justice and on a mission to support like-minded civil society actors and social entrepreneurs to become more powerful and innovative. Hence, in 2014 he left his NGO career to build the Civil Society Academy. He is an outstanding facilitator and a professionally trained coach with expertise in social innovation, leadership, organisational change, and advocacy. After more than 20 years living and working in Africa and Asia, he is now based in Berlin, Germany.

Sohini Paul

An experienced facilitator, trainer and professionally trained coach

Sohini has a Social Science background with master’s degrees in Geography and Regional Planning. She is a certified Life and Leadership Coach. She has more than two decades of experience in the development sector, during which time she supported the work of numerous social change organizations, working on issues of local self-governance, right to information, and land rights. She has worked on capacity building of civil society organizations, from grassroots community groups to large networks. Sohini is passionate about civil society strengthening and holds space for those who are ready to learn and be happy - this is reflected in her facilitation style.

Trang Nguyen

An energetic facilitator and professionally trained coach

Trang holds a degree in Social Sciences and has worked in different governmental as well as non-governmental organisations in Germany, Vietnam, and India. She joined CSA in 2015, where she overlooks the marketing communication, and facilitates workshops as well as processes. Trang is a creative and forward-thinking person who loves to learn, share, and connect with like-minded people. She is also professionally trained in coaching young ambitious change-makers.

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