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Breakthrough Research on RIHEL’s Coaching Program

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RIHEL 2019 Peer Coaches

RIHEL’s peer coaches participated in grounded theory dissertation research by Dr. Deborah Center, PhD, MSN.* The study examined RIHEL’s method of training and supporting coaches for our comprehensive leadership development programs such as the Advanced Leadership Training Program (ALTP.)

The research concluded that peer coaching creates a psychologically safe learning environment for developing knowledge, skills and confidence for both the program participants (leaders) and the coaches. RIHEL’s method clearly demonstrated a valued strategy for building skills, competency and confidence for coaches. As a result of the coaches’ development, the leaders clearly benefitted – growing their leadership confidence and transforming their personal and professional lives.

This research fills a gap in the literature on a development strategy for leadership coaching and provides recommendations for establishing a peer coaching program. The abstract of this research, including the seven recommendations for ensuring effective peer coaching, can be found here.

Congratulations to Dr. Center on this ground-breaking research, and to Leanne Jeffers who created RIHEL’s peer coaching methods and directs peer coaching and the Coaching Academy at RIHEL. We join Deb and Leanne in thanking the peer coaches who gave their time generously to make this work possible.

*Center, D. L. (2020). Leadership coaches’ perception of the value of peer coaching: A case study (Order No. 27832872). Available from ProQuest Dissertations & Theses Global. (2393742766). https://search-proquest-com.proxy-library.ashford.edu/docview/2393742766?accountid=32521