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Leadership Coaching at Tepper

Almost all MBA programs have leadership programs. What’s so different about Tepper?

Unlike other schools who contract with external coaches, or don’t offer executive coaching at all, we have full-time leadership coaches dedicated to you. Because we take a personalized approach to your leadership development, our coaches take the time to get to know you and your specific needs. Each coach has years of industry experience in coaching and consulting, and now they work all day, every day, to help you.

Do I have to meet with a leadership coach?

The only required meeting you have with a leadership coach is the group debrief of the EQ-i 2.0 assessment.

You can meet 1:1 with a leadership coach at any time during the MBA program to clarify and work toward your leadership goals.

What is a leadership coach anyway?

The shortest answer to this is that our coaches’ primary purpose is to help you clarify your goals, and then partner with you to help you achieve them.

Why would a student seek leadership coaching?

We are here to help you gain the skills you need to be the leader you aspire to be. Whether you plan to be a formal leader or not, having strong communication skills and the ability to work with others is necessary for your professional success.

How often can I meet with a leadership coach?

You can meet with a coach up to two times per mini during your entire MBA program.

Do I get to choose my coach?

Of course! You will see their bios when you schedule your appointment.

What if I don’t feel like the coach I chose to see is the right “fit” for me?

This can definitely happen. The good news is that you can choose to meet with another coach to see if his/her style works better for you.

What’s an example of a “leadership skill?”

Off the top of our heads, how about listening. That may seem fundamental, and it is. But oftentimes a student’s prior success depended on being a subject matter expert that is used to sharing his/her thoughts and opinions. An influencer/leader has to learn to gather ideas from others, and this requires active listening.

Is coaching the same as therapy?

No. Leadership coaching focuses on the present and the future (what and how?) while therapy tends to delve into the past (why?). Our coaches are able to identify when therapy might be helpful, and can make that recommendation.

How is coaching from Accelerate different from coaching at the Masters Career Center (MCC)?

The MCC helps you to find career opportunities. Accelerate works with you to build the skills that will help you succeed once you’re landed the job/internship.

I haven’t had any leadership experience. Is coaching for me?

Yes! We work with you to identify your strengths and development areas so that you can find opportunities in your day-to-day life to practice leadership skills.

I have been a manager and have years of experience. How will leadership coaching help me?

We understand that everyone enters the program from a different starting point. Our coaches will work with you to identify how you can further develop your existing leadership skills.

I come from a culture and background where coaching is not the norm, and so the whole process is unfamiliar to me.

Because of our diverse student body, we hear this a lot. If the concept of seeking coaching is culturally foreign to you, please let us know so that we can be sure we are doing everything we can to make you feel comfortable. If you choose to pursue coaching after the initial meeting, great! If you decide it’s not for you, that’s okay, too.

How soon can I start?!

If you have free time during Basecamp, coaching is open now. You can schedule an appointment at https://go.oncehub.com/TepperALC.