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Who We Are

Coach U prides itself in creating an educational experience that reflects an open and balanced philosophy. Our enriched curriculum focuses on developing the ‘whole’ person in the context of professional coaching and a coach approach to relating.

Coach U's Mission and Vision around Coaching Education

Coach U's Purpose
Lead the cultural shift to a thriving world that hones the unique potential of every individual.
Coach U's World Vision
Coaching is the Culture of Humanity
Coach U's Organizational Vision
Coach U is where the world comes to experience the essence of a coach approach to living and working.
Coach U's Mission
To be a robust and dynamic community for individuals and organizations that inspires excellence and ignites human potential.
Learning Philosophy
Coach U prides itself in creating an educational experience that reflects an open and balanced philosophy. Our enriched curriculum focuses on developing the ‘whole’ person in the context of professional coaching and a coach approach to relating.

Our education on personal evolution as a coach is based on integrative philosophies of living healthily and successfully as a human.  We draw from a wide range of schools of thought to support coaches in having a foundation of working with not only clients, but with themselves in the partnership. Some influences include:  Humanistic & Developmental psychologies (Maslow, Rogers, Kegan, etc), Ontology (mind/body/spirit) NLP, Neuroscience and more.   We are holistic in our approach to educating coaches so that they can be aware of who a client is on many levels, inside and out.  This to create a strong platform for sustainable, Transformational Coaching and change (versus transactional, problem/solution work).

Our students work individually and collaboratively, honing the essential communication skills that will enable them to effectively engage in a coach approach to relating in all that they do.  We do this by providing a strong curriculum and:

  • Safe and curious classroom environs
  • Critical thinking and experiential exercises
  • Individual fulfillment and self-reflective assignments
  • Self-directed and experiential learning
  • Our 9 Guiding Principles and Personal / Professional Foundation Philosophies

Our standards include adherence to the International Coaching Federations Core Coaching Competencies, Code of Conduct, Ethics and stance on diversity, inclusion, belonging and justice.  These filters align with our values of integrity, quality, compassion, wisdom and inspiration.

Our History

Coach U was founded in the USA in 1992 by Thomas J. Leonard, known internationally as the “Father of Coaching”. Coach U is recognized as one of the world’s first coach training schools, for having contributed to founding the coaching profession, and for giving birth to the International Coaching Federation (ICF) - the global standard for coaching credentials.

Our Commitment

Coach U is committed not just to teaching coaching skills but also to providing some of the most complete programs that will allow coaches to become successful in their chosen fields.

Coach U graduates are recognized worldwide and are highly visible not just with their clients and within their organizations, but also within the coaching community. You will find Coach U graduates everywhere – in the media, leading organizations, and in their community.

Why we are leaders in the coaching industry

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Comprehensive, Inclusive Approach

Coaches come from all backgrounds and have different cultural and style preferences. The Coach U approach is sensitive to this cultural diversity and is also very illuminating as you learn how to effectively coach individuals from all walks of life and from every region in the world.
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Convenient Scheduling

Coaches want to learn what they need when they need it. Our flexible approach to course scheduling, use of self-study materials, and access to other resources and other coaches makes this possible.
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Flexible Professional Paths

Some people want to coach full-time, others want to coach part-time, and yet others want to integrate sound coaching skills and strategies into their current jobs or businesses. Thanks to the flexibility of our training programs, you can use your coaching skills in any way you want.
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Leading Edge Information and Tools

Our materials are developed using a key learning increment model, whereby all pieces of the curriculum stand alone, but still connect with other pieces.
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World-class Coaches as Trainers

All Coach U facilitators have been leading courses and programs for many years and are credentialed by the International Coach Federation.
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Access to a Global Coaching Community

Coach U hosts a variety of Community Engagement groups. In addition to being trained at Coach U, you have over 50,000 coaches for mutual support and referrals.

Get certified by the ICF and stand out among other coaches

We are fully accredited by the International Coaching Federation (ICF) and provide training and support for all levels of credentialing. As founding contributors to the ICF, we continue to partner with this dynamic global organization to maintain and evolve standards of excellence in the coaching profession. Simply put, we are one of the best choices if you want to be a well-trained, certified coach.

ICF Credentialed Faculty

We stand out from other ICF accredited coach training programs because a majority of our international faculty facilitating courses in our ICF accredited programs currently hold an ICF credential at the PCC or MCC level. Our faculty members are Coach U coaches and are leading courses from experience rather than just theory.

Rewarding and fulfilling career choice

Enjoy the freedom to live and work anywhere

High income potential

Expand your professional network and community

Earn while you learn

Make a difference in others’ lives

Accelerate your personal and professional development

Accessible entry point

Freedom to build your practice around your interests

Experience joy in your daily life

People have something in common

Coach U Individual Expression
We return to the common ground of being by loving, honoring and valuing self and others.

Coach U Organizational Expression
People are drawn together in companies through a compelling mission, and shared values.

People are inquisitive

Coach U Individual Expression
Wonder, curiosity and inquiry are the source of all learning.

Coach U Organizational Expression
Organizations that encourage curiosity accelerate learning and creativity.

People contribute

Coach U Individual Expression
Contribution based on purpose generates true fulfillment.

Coach U Organizational Expression
When organizations recognize individual contribution, they grow leaders at every level.

People grow from connection

Coach U Individual Expression
Connection is the wellspring of creativity.

Coach U Organizational Expression
Collaboration is a conduit for enhancing people’s strengths and generating innovative solutions.

People seek value

Coach U Individual Expression
Listening provides ever-present access to value.

Coach U Organizational Expression
Listening beyond words is the currency of valuing human capital.

People act in their own best interest

Coach U Individual Expression
Discernment reveals the opportunities in every situation.

Coach U Organizational Expression
When people make the shift from self-interest to self-responsibility. It enhances the quality of interaction with colleagues and clients.

People live from their perception

Coach U Individual Expression
An inclusive, present-based perception of reality is the platform for effective action.

Coach U Organizational Expression
Recognizing that people perceive reality through their own filters leads to effective communication and creative platforms for positive action.

People have a choice

Coach U Individual Expression
Awareness is the precursor to choice.

Coach U Organizational Expression
Shifting perspectives expands awareness and reveals new choices.

People define their own integrity

Coach U Individual Expression
The vigilant development of the fit between calling and conduct creates integrity.

Coach U Organizational Expression
Integrity for individuals comes from continuous alignment between the organizations' mission, vision, and values, and their own.

All members of Coach U's faculty are credentialed with the International Coaching Federation, with many years of experience in not only the delivery of coach training, but successful coaching businesses.  We have a lovely variety of individuals that span the globe.

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