Project Guide

Leadership coaching

This information will help you compile a project for a volunteer to provide leadership coaching to enable you or another member of your organisation to become a stronger leader.

Skills required

You’re likely to require the volunteer to have:

  • Experience in leadership development or coaching
  • Experience in a key leadership role - as an executive, advisor or board member (optional but beneficial)

Likely project deliverables

The pro bono professional will deliver the following:

  • A set number of one hour coaching sessions at a specified frequency
  • Help with goal-setting and shaping a pathway for development
  • Help with identifying actionable steps to ensure accountability to the plan

Estimated time required

Hours for a project like this will vary depending on the number of sessions, and timeframe agreed.

Example of project steps with time estimates

Step one: Assessment and coaching plan

The volunteer meets with the person from the not for profit discuss goals for the coaching sessions. The staff member will take notes to form their own coaching plan.

Likely time commitment for volunteer: one to two hours for preparation and initial meeting


Step two: Coaching sessions

Four one-hour coaching sessions are held fortnightly or monthly. In each session goals are reviewed, actionable steps are created and assessed and captured by the staff member.

Likely time commitment for volunteer: four hours for coaching and two for preparation and reflection


Step three: Wrap up

A final session to capture the learnings, successes and progress made. The volunteer and person being coached may put in place a plan.

Likely time commitment for volunteer: one to two hours for preparation and meeting

Check: before you list this project your organisation will have:

Identified a member of their organisation that requires leadership coaching, and can articulate the purpose of this.