About the course

In today’s complex and uncertain world, how can you use coaching and mentoring to untangle messy problems and find solutions that will help you – and your staff – to survive as well as thrive? What strategies can help you to enhance the potentials and overcome the pitfalls of the leader-as-coach?

This online course will show you how to apply eFIRE, a unique coaching model, to increase your impact as a leader, reflect on your experiences and receive peer feedback. You’ll explore a variety of coaching cultures through vignettes and the lens of leaders who are experiencing challenges with staff.

The course is developed by QUT, a leading Australian university ranked in the top 2% of universities worldwide by the 2015-16 Times Higher Education World University Rankings. Located in Brisbane, it attracts 47,000 students.

What will you learn

By the end of the course, you'll be able to:

  • Apply the eFIRE coaching model in leadership conversations
  • Discuss approaches to coaching when applied to leadership practice and development
  • Identify strategies to enhance the potentials and overcome the pitfalls of the leader-as-coach

This course is aimed at executives, consultants and human resource professionals, with a global mindset, who seek to sharpen their leadership practice through coaching and mentoring, and possibly become coaching champions in their organisations.

Ideally, you would have significant professional knowledge of business (in the corporate, government or not-for-profit sectors), as well as full-time, post-degree, professional, supervisory or managerial experience.


You do not need prior coaching or mentoring experience to take part.

About the instructor

Geoffrey Abbott is Director of Executive Coaching at QUT Graduate School of Business. Leadership coaching advocate, educator and practitioner with a commitment to the power of 'serious play' in coaching conversations.

You can use the hashtag #FLleadershipcoaching to talk about this course on social media.

Starting date: 5 February, 2018 (more dates available)

Duration: 3 weeks, 3 hours per week

Language: English

Instructor: Geoffrey Abbott

Institution: The Queensland University of Technology (QUT)