SIGMA Leadership Coaching and Assessment Program

Our Philosophy

We are deeply committed and connected to our work of enhancing leadership performance. We work in partnership with leaders to enhance their self-awareness and understanding of what they need to do differently to be more effective and balanced, and equip them with the tools to leverage their strengths in achieving their leadership goals.

Our Approach

SIGMA’s Leadership Coaching approach is grounded in academic research on leadership effectiveness. Decades of research on leadership have clearly demonstrated that leader behavior can be distilled into two main components: Interpersonal Skills and Technical/Task Skills. Both of these components are important for effective leadership performance and our program is designed to enhance and develop critical skills and abilities through assessment feedback and coaching discussions.

Our leadership coaching framework consists of the following components:

Self-awareness: Assessments (e.g., 360 feedback, personality assessments) are used to enhance the leader’s understanding of their strengths and developmental priorities with regard to both interpersonal and technical competencies. During this phase, the leader explores whether they have an understanding of what they need to continue to do (to leverage their strengths) and what they need to do differently (to address developmental areas).

Motivation: It is important to discuss with the client whether they are in fact motivated to do things differently – in the absence of motivation, behavior change is unlikely. It is important to have a candid discussion regarding motivation and factors underlying readiness for change. We believe that development and achievement of leadership goals should be self-driven, and the coach acts as a facilitator in the leader’s own discoveries about what they need to do differently.

Skill Acquisition: This phase of the engagement focuses on equipping the client with the tools they need to leverage their strengths in developing skills that are required to do things differently.

Maintenance: During this phase of the engagement, the coach and client discuss strategies to sustain behavior change over the long-term.

Our coaching packages that leverage this framework are described below.

Option 1: Brief Coaching Engagement


This package consists of a 1-hour coaching session that focuses on enhancing self-awareness and assessing motivation. This offering involves working through assessment results with the client to clarify their strengths and development priorities. The client and coach will also discuss the concept of readiness for change and explore the benefits as well as barriers to change. In addition, clients are also provided with resources (books, worksheets, articles, and other development resources) designed to guide and support the development process.

Option 2: Short-Term Coaching Engagement


This package consists of a 5-session engagement that focuses on skill acquisition and tracking progress on developing skills. This typically occurs over a period of 5, 60-minute sessions. This engagement is designed to equip clients with the skills needed to facilitate progress on those competencies identified as developmental priorities. In the context of the 5 sessions, clients acquire skills, practice implementation of the skills through application, and follow up with the coach to discuss successes, obstacles, and challenges. Clients are provided with resources (books, worksheets, articles, and other development resources) designed to guide and support the development process.

Option 3: Extended Coaching Engagement


This package consists of a 10-session engagement designed to capture the entire SIGMA coaching framework. As part of the extended coaching engagement, the coach and the client work collaboratively on a systematic approach to behavior change. The focus is on monitoring and maintaining behavior change and this type of engagement typically occurs over the course of 10, 60-minute sessions. Initially, sessions are held weekly and then bi-weekly further into the coaching engagement. The initial coaching session focuses on reviewing and interpreting assessment results. During that session, targeted areas are identified for development. Prior to each subsequent session the client is provided with homework that takes approximately 30 minutes to complete. The purpose of the homework is to create a structure for developing self-awareness, regulating behavior, practicing and improving skills, measuring progress, and enhancing self-efficacy; all of which are critical for sustained behavior change. Clients are provided with resources (books, worksheets, articles, and other development resources) designed to guide and support the development process.

Contact us for more information on our leadership assessment and coaching services.