Through a collaborative partnership between Strathmore Business School and Financial Sector Deepening Africa; top industry players across East Africa have received the globally acclaimed International Coach Federation (ICF) certification.
The vigorous 7- months program ended last week, granting the professionals a gateway into the flourishing career path of professional coaching. This is through the award of the Accredited Coach Training Program (ACTP) to the 17 participants who undertook the training.
Successful participants of the program are expected to provide coaching services to executives in the various regional leadership development academies in their respective East African countries.
In addition to covering the ICF – ACTP curriculum, the participants went through a dynamic induction into the Strathmore Business School culture, through a “Shadowing model”, where they observed coaching sessions as conducted by senior SBS coaches.
“I am extremely impressed by the commitment exuded by the newly trained coaches and the skills and competencies they have picked up. I believe that this will be of great impact to our program participants across the regional leadership development academies,” remarked Thomas Kimani – Senior SBS Coach.
SBS coaches across East Africa are set to spearhead one of the significant milestones into coaching practice in Africa. This will be through the development of the Association of Professional Coaches in East Africa (APCEA). The mandate of the association will be to streamline and improve coaching standards in East Africa. SBS is also on path to gain its own coaching certification, by becoming a licenced ICF Coaching institute.
“Coaching is an important journey in self-discovery both for the coach and the client. The benefit is immense,” said Tom Omariba one of the program participant.
Other projects in the pipeline include, establishing a centre for excellence, research and academia practice through the establishment of a Master and consequently a Doctorate Program on coaching.
FSDA has been instrumental in the development of the SBS Regional Leadership Development Academies in Tanzania, Rwanda and Uganda. This has been through a capacity building grant by FSDA to SBS with the objective of developing and training over 1,000 senior and mid-level executives in the financial sector across the three countries.
“Our partnership with FSDA has given us a platform to reach out to executives in East Africa; improving both individual and organisational performance. This has been established through the integration of workplace coaching as a productivity enabler. Executive coaching is also an integral element in realising the Business School’s mission of True Transformation through Virtue. As we expand our reach to the East African region, we are confident that using coaching as an enabler to both individual and organisational growth, can yield great impact. With this regard, we are committed to developing coaches who are competent, accredited and virtuous to carry out this mission,” said Thomas Mundia, Strathmore Business School Coaching Director.
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