Leadership Coaching for Organizational Performance Certificate

Become an ICF-Certified Leadership Coach
Executive leadership coach
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Free Webinar

Course co-founder and instructor Chris Brookfield will discuss the content and format of the Leadership Coaching program as well as answer questions about certification and the Executive Coaching field.
Dec. 3, 2021  |  12pm-1pm ET

Upcoming Classes


Spring 2022 (100% Online)

12 class days  |  Jan 11, 2022 - April 28, 2022

Module 1 – Jan 11, 12 & 13*, 2022
Module 2 – Feb 1-2, 2022
Module 3 – Mar 8-9, 2022
Module 4 – Mar 29-30, 2022
Module 5 – Apr 26, 27 & 28*, 2022

Summer 2022

12 class days  |  Jun 6, 2022 - Aug 25, 2022

Module 1 – Jun 6-8, 2022
Module 2 – Jun 28-30, 2022
Module 3 – Jul 26-28, 2022
Module 4 – Aug 23-25, 2022

* All classes will meet 8:30am until ~3:30pm EST (*classes will end at ~12:30pm on Jan 13 and April 28)
1 hour weekly telecasses at noon between modules. Must attend at least 7 of the 10 teleclasses. 

Why Earn Coaching Certification at Rutgers?


Rutgers leadership coaching student in class

You'll "unlearn" as you develop a coaching mindset. Coaching requires a patient, curious mindset that is unwaveringly "in service" of your client. That often requires unlearning the rapid problem-solving skills that often have produced career-long success for you in other roles.     

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You'll build upon the best of management consulting and adult education. You'll untangle the complex challenges that confront executives today. That's why Rutgers has partnered with Heidrick & Struggles, the premier provider in leadership consulting services, to conduct our state-of-the-art coach training sessions.

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You’ll join a tight network of leadership coaches. Your value as a coach grows by sharing insights, gaining new perspectives, and ongoing learning opportunities -- with our alumni and advisors in the field of executive and leadership coaching. 

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You’ll earn the most respected credential in Leadership Coaching. Benefit from a certificate from the International Coaching Federation (ICF) and Rutgers, where we’ve been training leaders since 1766.

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You'll leave as a team energized to help people. Leadership Coaches are guided by shared passion for service. As you share your own coaching "brand" on the final day of class, the energy in the room is electric. You all know and feel that you're part of something bigger than your selves. 

Great Coaches Must Learn by Doing

You’ll dive into tough executive coaching problems, based on actual cases, throughout this 132-hour program over four months. This highly participatory program requires you to be “fully present” for all activities, practice coaching sessions, individual and team online meetings, and independent readings. You’ll draw heavily on your professional and personal experiences to develop and share insights as an increasingly tight, interactive group. Participants who complete program requirements earn a certificate that meets the academic requirements for ICF’s Associate Certified Coach (ACC) and Professional Certified Coach (PCC) credentials. Learn more about ICF Certification.

Learning Concepts

Leadership Coaching Foundation: You’ll explore what makes an insightful and effective coach by examining the foundations of coaching and how they’re built upon a strong understanding of adult learning.

Creating Awareness: You’ll discover how to be fully present, how to build trust, and how to establish authenticity with business coaching clients.

Language and Emotion: You’ll learn to appreciate and understand language and emotions to create lasting, purposeful conversations with clients.

Performance and Change: You’ll learn to apply your developing coaching skills to improve both accountability and business performance.  This is where you’ll help clients and their organizations generate strong returns from their investment and confidence in you as a coach.

The Process and Business of Coaching: You’ll explore how to make your insights pay for both you and your clients. You'll decide how to define and differentiate your executive coaching niche and promote your unique brand and value.


The cost of this program is $10,950 if received before December 21, 2021 (spring 2022) or May 16, 2022 (summer 2022).  A deposit of $1000 payable to Rutgers University will be due upon your notification of acceptance into the program.  The balance will be due by December 21, 2021 (spring 2022) or May 16, 2022 (summer 2022).  For all registrations and payments completed after the due dates, the registration fee will be $11,450.

Alumni Stories


Christopher Brookfield is a principal in Heidrick & Struggles’ Washington DC office and a member of Heidrick Consulting. With more than 15 years of coaching, group facilitation, and training experience, he is co-program director of the Leadership Coaching for Organizational Performance program. A former CEO of multi-million dollar company, Chris applies his experience to help executives build their leadership capacity and translate it into improved performance for their organizations.  Chris holds a master of business administration from the Darden School of Business at the University of Virginia and a bachelor of arts in psychology from Duke University, and he served for three years on the board of directors of the Metro DC International Coach Federation. 

Annalise Matulewicz is the Principal of Build IN, a national performance and workshop practice.  Annalise’s approach to partnering with clients has been shaped by more than 20 years of driving revenue through building and leading high-performing, international sales teams.  As a coach with clients that range from C-level executives to emerging leaders, she has earned a reputation as both a catalyst for inspiring authentic leadership and igniting positive change. In addition to teaching at Rutgers University and American University, Annalise is an adjunct professor at West Chester University in the graduate program in training and psychology.  She earned a bachelor of science in Marketing Management from Virginia Tech and a master of arts in Industrial and Organizational Psychology from West Chester University. She is a certified Professional Certified Coach (PCC) through the International Coach Federation. 

Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Vision

In pursuit of unleashing human potential, our vision is to create innovative pathways that offer equitable access to diverse populations who participate, experience, and demonstrate the transformative power of leadership coaching personally, professionally, and communally. We are fiercely committed to nurturing an inclusive and welcoming learning environment where individuals are seen, respected, and celebrated.