MCE Leadership Coaching for Organizational Performance


Leadership Coaching for Organizational Performance (LCOP) is a 132-hour International Coaching Federation (ICF)-certified Accredited Coach Training Program (ACTP) delivered through a partnership with Heidrick & Struggles, a worldwide leadership advisory firm. The program is designed for individuals who want to develop coaching skills and apply them in realistic organizational settings; it is ideal for anyone who seeks to become an external executive coach, an internal coach, or a leader who wants to set themselves apart by consistently bringing out the best in employees.

The ICF is the largest accrediting body for institutional executive coaching programs; they require coach training programs to go through a rigorous application and accreditation process, resulting in programs that are recognized throughout the coaching industry, as well as by those who hire coaches. Increasingly, individuals and companies that hire executive coaches are requiring that they have graduated from an ICF-certified program and have obtained an additional individual credential by the ICF.

Leadership Coaching for Organizational Performance is a highly-participatory and interactive program offered over four months, completed in sequence and as a cohort. Classes meet virtually via Zoom, approximately every four weeks for two- or three-day blocks; instruction lasts from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. In addition to 12 full days of virtual classroom instruction, your learning will be supplemented by weekly telephone conference calls, assigned readings, journaling, and coaching practice. You will begin to coach following the second module, and you will be asked to record 30-minute coaching sessions. You will receive individual feedback from ICF-certified coaches to help you improve and further develop your coaching skills.

To apply to the program, you will need to provide the following:

  • Completed application form
  • A 750-1,000-word narrative that addresses the question: “Why are you pursuing an interest in coaching?”
  • Two letters of recommendation from professional colleagues
  • An electronic copy of your resume or an online profile that documents a minimum of seven years of professional experience and minimum of a bachelor’s degree

Upon submission of all required items, your application will be reviewed by the instructional team at Heidrick & Struggles; if accepted, you will receive an email notification from NC State’s Office of Professional Development with instructions on how to complete your registration and submit your tuition payment. A deposit of $1,000 is due upon acceptance into the program.

To begin the application process, log into Reporter and click on the "Apply" button on the LCOP program page.