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Coaching FAQs

Can I use research or professional development funds for coaching?

We are registered as a vendor with a number of universities and many of our clients pay for coaching out of their start up, research, or professional development accounts.

Where and when do we meet? How does payment work?
The initial twenty-minute consultation is free. Most sessions are 45-minutes and take place by telephone or videoconference at a mutually agreed upon time. The client and coach sometimes also communicate via email between sessions. The fee is inclusive of all coaching services, including email support. We will send you an invoice after approximately every three coaching sessions, or every two months, whichever comes first.
Is coaching a short or long-term endeavor?

Although we customize coaching to the needs of the client, most clients make an initial commitment to twelve coaching sessions.

How long will it take to reach my goal?

One client came to coaching because of a psychological block to completing a piece of writing. We worked together to reframe his thinking about that piece, and he surprised himself by finishing it in just a few weeks. Another client in a leadership role has continued with coaching over several years because she appreciates the extra edge it gives her. Between those two examples are clients who use coaching to develop new habits and ways of operating, and feel ready to “fly solo” after a six- or twelve-month course of coaching.

Does professional development coaching have anything in common with athletic coaching?
Athletic coaches work with highly skilled people who want to perform at the top of their game. Likewise, professional development coaches work with people who are healthy, creative, and whole, but who want something more. A coach encourages you to think bigger and strive for more than you might have thought possible.
How is coaching different from therapy?
Coaching is action-oriented. While clients often experience profound learning in coaching, learning in coaching is not just for the sake of understanding – it is always in service of moving forward toward a goal. Coaches see the client as a whole, healthy person who wants more. Coaching is not psychotherapy. If the coach and client identify depression, anxiety, or other issues that are important to address but outside of the scope of coaching, the client is referred to an appropriate service provider. It is not uncommon for academics to work with a coach to support their professional goals at the same time as working with a therapist to support their mental health or personal relationships.
What is your training?

Rena is a graduate of the Mentor Coach Program and also trained with the Coaches Training Institute (CTI). Although coaching is distinct from therapy, her years of training and experience as a therapist also gave her excellent preparation for coaching. All of our coaches have trained with programs accredited by the International Coach Federation, the premier professional organization for executive and leadership coaches. Read our affiliate coach biographies.

What happens during coaching sessions?

The client and coach participate in structured, collaborative conversations. We engage clients in a variety of coaching methods including assessment, strategizing, visualization, creating structures, metaphor, and more. Incisive questions are also employed to bring clients greater clarity and allow them to move beyond self-imposed limits. Homework assignments are frequently incorporated to consolidate learning and allow the client to progress between sessions.

How do I know if a Leader Academic coach is right for me?

We are glad to offer a free twenty-minute consultation to discuss how coaching can help you to reach your goals. You can schedule a consultation by emailing Rena@LeaderAcademic.com or calling (734) 665-4885.

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