Coaching Corner

Who Benefits from Coaching? EVERYONE! 

Why? Because coaching offers value for people at any stage in their careers. As in sports, coaching helps even the best players do better because everyone can benefit from:

  • Sharing best practices;
  • Gaining perspectives from others who can help them see their situation: and
  • Opportunities from a fresh perspective.

Coaching works best when the relationship is based on helping someone improve their individual job performance with specific goals vs. the longer term relationship one forms with a mentor. (More information on mentoring can be found on this website under the “Mentor” tab.)

Specifically the differences between coaching and mentoring can be described as:

Differences between Mentoring and Coaching



Focus Individual Performance
Role Facilitator with no agenda Specific agenda
Relationship Self selecting Comes with the job
Source of influence Perceived value Position
Personal returns Affirmation/learning Teamwork/performance
Arena Life Task related

The League participates in and offers several opportunities for coaching, including the tips further down this page, including:

One on One Coaching Calls:

For more information about individual one on one coaching, email us: Tips & Tools:

We are so proud of our partnership with and want to share our membership with YOU. As a Lean In Partner, we receive support from LeanIn.Org’s efforts to reach gender equality and empower women to achieve their ambitions. As a partner,  we have access to Lean In programs that help women develop critical skills and organizations counteract gender bias. As a result, more women are prepared to take the lead. These tips and tools are shared on this page and are updated regularly.

Webinar Coaching Program:

In addition to one on one coaching and our website tips, the League of Women in Government is proud to be an ICMA Coaching Program Outreach Partner which allows our members to be a part of a larger network of coaches from across the nation.

The ICMA Coaching Program offers a webinar format to serve as whole team learning experiences — more than one person can be on the call, if you choose, from your organization. Members also have opportunities for Speed Coaching and 1-1 Coaching models to provide the appropriate structure for advice at multiple stages in a career.

To participate in the group webinar coaching series through ICMA, follow the link on the ICMA Coaching page HERE.

2019 ICMA + League Coaching Program Webinars

The League is pleased to be a partner in the ICMA Coaching Program. Included in the benefits of the 2019 program are six scheduled webinars. The topics and dates resulting from a nationwide online survey of all partners along with the registration links appear below. Click on the registration links for additional details, including the topics for each webinar, practice areas addressed, and post-webinar discussion questions to help your teams put the ideas into action.

* Ethics in Action — When it’s your duty to say “no”

11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. PT (2-3:30 pm. ET), Wed., April 10

* Retooling Workplace Culture to Thrive in 21st Century

10-11:30 a.m. PT (1-2:30 p.m. ET), Thurs., May 16

* Encouraging Inclusive Communities

9:30-11 a.m. PT (12:30-2 p.m. ET), Wed., June 12

* Grappling with Gnarly Issues (opioids, homelessness, etc.)–how local government can help

10-11:30 a.m. PT (1-2:30 p.m. ET), Wed., Sept. 11

* Promoting Trust in a Divisive World

11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. PT (2-3:30 pm. ET), Thurs., Oct. 10

* Having Difficult Conversations in Your Organization and Beyond

9:30-11 a.m. PT (12:30-2 p.m. ET), Thurs., Nov. 14

Join in the live sessions with leaders from across the U.S. If you can’t make a live session, your registration will provide you with an automatic email notice when a digital recording is available. The webinars are available without charge to all persons interested in local government, but space is limited so register today!