Coaching and Mentoring Skills for Executives

Training Overview and Course Description

Manager mentoring an employeeToday's executives, managers, and front-line supervisors are increasingly urged to lead through coaching and mentoring.

But even great leaders are necessarily great coaches or mentors. Some have a natural knack for it. Most do not. Done well, however, coaching and mentoring are unsurpassed as a tool for developing a skilled, fully-engaged team.

This training is a condensed version of an MBA course which Dr. Mike Armour has taught repeatedly on coaching and mentoring skills for managers. It can also serve as baseline training for companies who want to develop their own in-house mentoring program.

Having personally coached nearly 600 executives and entrepreneurs, Dr. Armour brings a wealth of practical know-how and experience to this training.

Content and materials for Coaching and Mentoring Skills for Executives is adapted from our proprietary LeaderTrack® Professional Development Series for Managers and Leaders.

Special note:

This training on Coaching and Mentoring Skills for Executives is a natural adjunct to our course entitled Create Your Own Internal Mentoring Programs, which gives you a roadmap for designing and implementing an in-house mentoring system. For organizations wanting to build an effective mentoring effort, we recommend a combination package which includes both courses.


We gladly tailor this training to the specific needs of your organization. Customization is included in the standard fee.

Training Location:

Delivered worldwide as an in-house, off-site, or conference program. Presentations offered in English only.


Based on your needs and scheduling requirements, we can deliver this training in a one-day, two-day, or multi-day format. If full days of training are not convenient for your organization, we can break the training into half-day sessions.

Clients commonly choose to spread this training out over several weeks, so that participants can practice new skills between training sessions. We actually prefer this format, since it maximizes skill development.

Standard Fee:

The standard fee is all-inclusive. It covers pre-event coordination, customization, post-event evaluations, handouts, participant notebooks, and incidental expenseses. (A slight additional charge may be incurred for more than 15 participant notebooks.) There is generally no travel fee for trainings in the greater Dallas-Fort Worth area.

In North America

One day: $2750
Multi-day (full days): $2750 for the first day; $2000 for second day; $1500 for all subsequent days
Multi-day (half days): $1450 for the first half-day, $1200 for all subsequent half-days

Outside of North America

$600 daily surcharge on standard fee


PowerPoint presentations, group discussion, case studies, small-group breakouts, role plays, planning exercises


We offer a special discounted price when Coaching and Mentoring Skills for Executives is purchased in combination with our course entitled Create Your Own Internal Mentoring Program or when you engage SLDI for a consultancy to help you set up a mentoring program in your organization. Contact us for pricing information.

We also provide discounts for

  • non-profits and NGOs
  • trainings for multiple groups within a single organization, even at different locations
  • combining several LeaderTrack® training courses into a multi-day or multi-location training

Additional Training Options:

Sample Outline

Here are themes typically covered in our course on Coaching and Mentoring Skillswhen taught in a multi-day format. Shorter-duration trainings build around a sub-set of these subjects. The final outline is always developed in collaboration with the client. And at the client's request, the course may include topics not listed below.

  • Why such growing emphasis on coaching and mentoring leadership
  • The three wins which result from coaching and mentoring
  • Keys to good coaching or mentoring relationships
  • Challenges in shifting from a management mindset to a coaching mindset
  • Distinguishing qualities of good coaches or mentors
  • Personal challenges of transitioning to a coaching or mentoring style of leadership
  • How is a coaching conversation different from a mentoring conversation?
  • The distinctions between coaching, mentoring, training, advising, and consulting
  • Beliefs about people and management that undergird coaching and mentoring
  • The structure of a good coaching or mentoring relationship
  • A seven-part guide (the SIGCORP model) for designing coaching and mentoring sessions
  • Building rapport and trust in a coaching or mentoring relationship
  • Key things for a coach or mentor to track
  • Coaching and mentoring within a current-state/desired-state framework
  • The eight-level hierachy of personal and organizational change
  • The dialogue pattern in a coaching or mentoring conversation
  • The Communication Model as a template for coaching and mentoring conversations
  • Enhanced listening skills
    • Listening with appropriate empathy
    • Listening for unspoken assumptions
    • Listening to clarify intended meaning
    • Listening for deeper layers of meaning
    • Listening for values and beliefs
    • Listening for world-views
  • Designing and posing great questions
  • Using artful reframing techniques to change outlooks
  • Maintaing proper interpersonal boundaries in a coaching or mentoring relationship
  • Reading and online resources