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Group Coaching Program

For Sophomores, Juniors and Seniors

This spring semester, we will be launching a pilot Group Coaching Program for Wharton Undergraduates in their sophomore, junior, or senior year. The program will run March – April 2021.

The application is open now and available through March 1, 2021 at 11:59 PM EST. Apply here.

If you have any questions, please indicate with a subject of “Undergrad Group Coaching” and contact us at ecfprogram@wharton.upenn.edu.

Program Overview:

Session 1Session 2Session 3
DateWeek of March 15Week of March 29Week of April 12
LocationVirtualVirtualVirtual
AudienceExecutive Coach/Assigned StudentsExecutive Coach/Assigned StudentsExecutive Coach/Assigned Students
Agenda(1) Introductions (2) Group norms (3) Roles and goals (4) Preliminary goals (5) Fieldwork assignment (6) Commitments(1) Introduction exercise (2) Fieldwork review (3) Alliances introduced (4) Goal refinement (5) Commitments(1) Introduction exercise (2) Fieldwork review (3) Cycle of Leadership (4) Personal vision (5) Commitments

What is Group Coaching?

Group Coaching consists of small groups of students who come together to develop their individual leadership through the sustained and supported focus of targeted skill-related behaviors.

Leadership coaching may be done one-on-one, in peer groups, or in a group environment. Just like coaching a sports team or an orchestra, group coaching involves honing both individual skill and group talent.

Each group will be led by an Executive Coach. The coach’s objective is to help the group members focus on their dimension of leadership. Improvement goals are set, and an assignment of field work, to be conducted between sessions, is defined

How will groups be determined?

Within the application, we will ask you to rank your desired leadership competency area of focus between: leadership communication, decision-making, and emotional intelligence. With one leadership competency as a constant guidepost through the program, your Executive Coach will clearly define the competency and ensure it is understood in the same way by all group members.

What is required to participate?

  • Pledge to attend all coaching sessions.
  • Commit to engaging in purposeful new behaviors systematically and persistently.
  • Be willing to share openly and actively support the development of the group through participative engagement.
  • Demonstrate an attitude of humility, a reception to feedback, and a focus on lifelong learning.

Additional Information

  • Group size will consist of 8 students.
  • Each group will meet 3 times.
  • Executive Coaches from the Executive Coaching and Feedback Program (ECFP) will facilitate all meetings.
  • Being coached requires curiosity, humility, active listening, suspension of judgment, and willingness to share.
  • Students will be selected and grouped by MLP staff.