Peer Coaching


The Peer Coaching Program
enables small groups of students to come together to develop their leadership through sustained and supported focus on targeted skill-related behaviors. Participants will meet to coach and be coached on building skills related to a chosen leadership competency. Coaching group members, with the support of an Executive Coach; will share their developmental opportunities, work together to construct developmental behavioral interventions, and support each other in following through on targeted behavioral changes.

How It Works:

Piloted in 2019, Peer Coaching provides first year students with an opportunity to develop a specific leadership competency through practice under the guidance and resource of an Executive Coach. All Executive Coaches are also actively coaching on the ECFP bench. Beginning in the spring semester of the first year, students participate in six peer coaching sessions through the semester. Peer Coaching is only available to first year MBA students.

Program Requirements:

  • Pledge to develop a specific leadership competency. Leadership competency groups will include: Conflict Management, Emotional Intelligence, Executive Presence, and Influence.
  • Promise to attend all sessions at their designated times. Sessions meet 6 times for 90 minutes between January and April.
  • Commit to engage in purposeful new behaviors in a systematic and persistent fashion.
  • Be willing to share openly with peers and actively support the development of peers through participative engagement.
  • Desire to practice and build peer-coaching skills through focused action.
  • Demonstrate an attitude of humility, coachability, service to others, and lifelong learning.
  • Students must be onsite in the Philadelphia campus spring semester. First year spring semester SSF or HKS students are not eligible.

How Do I Participate?

  • Complete the application in its entirety (distributed in the first year fall semester.)
  • Sign coaching group norms agreement (distributed after group assignments are made.)
  • Attend all 6 sessions (held between January and April.)

Additional Information

  • Group size will range from 6 – 10 students. All students in the group will work on the same competency (Conflict Management, Emotional Intelligence, Executive Presence, and Influence).
  • Available times and competencies will be published in the application. Students will need to indicate and confirm availability for a particular session in the competency area you wish to address.
  • Peer coaching schedule and room location within JMHH will be communication in advance of the first session.
  • Students will be selected and grouped by the MLP staff with assistance from Executive Coaches.
  • Executive Coaches from the Executive Coaching and Feedback Program will facilitate all meetings. Students are expected to coach and be coached by their peers within the group. Coaching and being coached requires curiosity, humility, active listening, suspension of judgment and willingness to share.

Questions? Please contact us at ECFProgram@wharton.upenn.edu