"Leadership and learning are indispensable to each other"

John F. Kennedy


Leadership in a corporate environment can be tough. It can be more than tough - at times it can be downright draining. Fighting fires, managing conflict and personality clashes within the team, and spinning too many plates at once can all take their toll.

Overwhelm is a very real issue. It takes the focus away from the things that really matter - growing the business, leading your team to success and fulfilment and moving forward with a sense of purpose in your role.

At this point, you might be wondering what it really takes to be an effective leader? How can you inspire from a place of integrity and authenticity rather than push from behind? How can you keep your team - particularly the younger members on it - motivated, excited and engaged? How can you do things differently, and communicate more effectively while still remaining true to yourself and your values as a leader?


The Trusted Leader Training Programme

The future of leadership

The Trusted Leader is a professionally accredited 20 week online training programme that has been developed to meet the needs of today’s leader. Based on transformational coaching techniques, modern neuroscience and with insights and direct feedback from people in roles very similar to yours, this course is designed to help you become a powerful and empowering, inspiring, confident and effective leader, with an authentic style and approach that feels absolutely true to you.

We are committed to changing the dynamics within corporate environments, helping organisations to flourish and grow by supporting the people working within them. As a manager, leader or business owner you can be at the forefront of this change, learning new skills and tools that will stand to you in all aspects of your life and help you grow and develop personally as well as professionally.

The Trusted Leader is about helping you to find the right balance between EQ & IQ. This is one of the aspects of the programme that makes it such a unique and invaluable learning experience.

Register your Interest

Enrolment to The Mindful Talent Coaching Academy has now closed for this round of training. However, we'd love to keep you up to date on the next course, which is starting in August 2019. Just pop your email address into the box below and we’ll be in touch with more information closer to the time.

At a Glance

Over the course of 20 weeks you’ll learn how to:

  • Become an effective, authentic communicator so that you share your vision and drive in a way that feels true to you
  • Motivate individuals by understanding their preferred learning styles and key drivers
  • Navigate complex people situations and handle conflict better
  • Understand human behaviours from a modern neuroscience perspective
  • Develop your personal and social competence within the emotional intelligence framework
  • Understand the importance of human connection and what can happen when a team member feels isolated
  • Apply mindfulness as a leader, improving cognitive function in pressurised situations
  • Improve listening skills, become more reflective and understand how to ask the right questions at the right time
  • Feel more in control of your time and more at peace with yourself at work and at home
  • Reduce stress and anxiety with quick, effective techniques that can immediately diffuse tense situations

Training as The Trusted Leader - what’s involved?

The Trusted Leader is a 20 week online training programme that will give you a recognised qualification accredited by the Association for Coaching. The course is built on 3 learning modules, each containing 4 online units and requires a time commitment of 5 hours per week. This includes live online support, executive peer coaching, peer support, executive case study coaching, coach mentoring, self-study, 3 written assignments and a recorded coaching assessment. The course has been designed to be very flexible so that you can fit it into your busy work and home schedule.

Once you have signed up, you’ll be given immediate access to our Private Facebook Group which is a busy hub where we share experiences and valuable content, and learn from and support each other as we work through the training together. The group is closed to protect the privacy of members and everything we share is confidential.


Course outline

Module 1 - The Effective Leader

The Effective Leader Module provides a practical, experiential introduction to the key principles, skills and approaches that underpin effective leadership by adopting a coaching approach in the corporate world. It provides a clear, structured model of coaching, enabling you to develop your own individual style.

"To create a safe and supportive learning environment where you can explore what it means to be a great coach and leader, and to build a firm foundation for further learning."

Learning Outcomes
By the end of Module 1 participants will:

  1. Know what coaching is and how it works
  2. Know how coaching differs from other forms of support (Assignment 1)
  3. Have deepened leadership communication skills
  4. Have heightened self-awareness and increased personal responsibility
  5. Become aware of the AC competency framework
  6. Have begun to develop a leadership tool kit that will support them in improved communication with self and others
  7. Have formed strong connections within the Mindful Talent community of leaders and coaches, to support their ongoing personal and professional development

Module 2 -  Deepening your leadership capability: Presence and awareness

Module 2 begins by building on the experiential training of The Effective Leader (Module 1).  Having gained an understanding of the ACORN Coaching Framework, the underpinning skills and principles, and touched on some elements of the neuroscientific base, we now step further into the competency-based approach to deepen your capacity as a leader and help you find your own voice.  

"To support you in becoming the best leader you can be."

Learning Outcomes
By the end of Module 2 participants will:

  1. Have a clearer sense of their own leadership and coaching style and approach
  2. Be aware of their own personal values and can stay aligned to them
  3. Become more aware, in the moment, of their own presence and how this impacts on the coaching relationship
  4. Know how to use deeper questioning to bring awareness and insight to the coachee
  5. Know how to keep the coaching process moving forward and keep the coachee engaged
  6. Have good use of ‘self’ as a resource for the development of the client’s self-awareness and learning by offering ‘here and now’ feedback.

Module 3 - Building your leadership capacity: Sustaining and maintaining continuous growth 

Module 3 supports you in creating powerful endings so that you are ready for the next chapter in your career as an authentic and effective leader. It’s a celebration of all that you’ve achieved and all the new skills you’ve gained.

"Completing with confidence, competence and courage."

Learning Outcomes
By the end of Module 3 participants will:

  1. Be ready to take the next step in their journey as a leader who adopts a coaching approach
  2. Be competent in guiding a coachee through the whole coaching process
  3. Be confident in how to end a coaching process powerfully
  4. Have fully self-assessed their ability as a leader, and designed an action plan to move forward
  5. Have developed a clear focus for the continuation of how to apply their coaching approach in a corporate environment
  6. Have established their leadership identity and feel at home with their leadership presence

Got more questions?

We want you to be 100% clear on everything before you make any decisions, so if there’s anything you’re not sure about, or you’d like further information on any aspect of the training or the process then please don’t hesitate to drop us an email to [email protected] and we’ll get back to you within 24 hours. Prefer to have a chat? No problem at all - we’d be delighted. Please click here to access the online diary so you can schedule a call with Alister, one of our lead trainers.

"I’ve been fortunate to participate in numerous leadership programmes that have been developed and delivered by some renowned organisations. The thinking and approach by Mindful Talent stand out as unique, innovative, and fit for a modern workplace and leadership team. I’d highly recommend this experience."

Mark Kelvin

"It was a whole change in mind set for me. I had access to a support group and mentors and I learned how to confidently coach people to achieve their goals... Coaching is the best way to show your people that you are committed to supporting them in their development journey... When organisations commit to coaching that’s when things change! I can’t recommend this enough – it is life changing!"

Steph Price
People Manager

Register your Interest

Enrolment to The Mindful Talent Coaching Academy has now closed for this round of training. However, we'd love to keep you up to date on the next course, which is starting in August 2019. Just pop your email address into the box below and we’ll be in touch with more information closer to the time.

Meet your Training Team

Michele Armstrong - Director of Coaching 

Michele has been training professional coaches since 2003 and the passion she has for developing incredible coaches and coach trainers is insatiable. Formerly Head of Association for Coaching (Scotland), Michele joined the Mindful Talent team in 2015 as Head of Coaching and now occupies the role of Director of Coaching, as well as continuing to grow her own thriving business The Acorn Principle. In addition to leading Mindful Talent's Coaching Academy, Michele also runs the hugely successful Acorn Principle Plus, helping people to Learn, Connect and Grow on a daily basis!

Alister Gray - Founder & CEO

A former trainee coach who trained with Michele Armstrong, Alister is the CEO & Founder of Mindful Talent. Alister has personally delivered coaching programmes on behalf of some of the worlds most well-known brands, including; Google, Nike, Lululemon and Dropbox to name a few. Alister is determined to raise the bar on coach training through the Mindful Talent Coaching Academy. With over 12 years experience in the corporate world Alister knows, first-hand, the pressures faced and is able to inspire and motivate others to realise the best version of themselves. Alister has an obsession with helping people and our planet prosper!


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