Leadership Academy Trainers and Facilitators



To successfully deliver the Leadership Academy, organizations need to understand the curriculum design. The Academy is designed to be co-facilitated (two or more trainers) and the trainers should possess specific trainer competencies.

As you plan for the selection of trainers, consider your organization’s capacity to use internal trainers or external trainers and how to best build sustainability for your organization to deliver the Academy to future cohorts. Ideally, all trainers will be present for the delivery of each synchronous classroom session to:

  • Enhance relationship-building between trainers and between trainers and participants
  • Deepen their understanding of the Leadership Academy as a whole
  • Enhance continuity of learning across modules, i.e., the ability to build on participant discussion from one module to the next

If trainers do not have the time or capacity to be present for all modules, we recommend that the lead trainer be present for all modules for consistency and continuity.


The trainer’s role during sessions is to facilitate, coach, support, and reinforce participants’ application of the leadership concepts and topics they are initially introduced to during the asynchronous online modules. Once trainers and facilitators (coaches too if possible) are selected, follow the below steps to maximize their exposure to the curriculum and deepen their understanding and knowledge of the concepts.

  1. Conduct a Trainer Leadership Academy Orientation
  2. Provide a Trainer’s Planning and Implementation Timeline
  3. Have everyone complete the asynchronous online modules and review the curriculum materials (specific to the delivery your organization is utilizing, virtual or in person, as the synchronous sessions are slightly different for the two formats)
  4. Host a Leadership Academy Curriculum Walk Through

To facilitate improvements in trainer preparation for subsequent cohorts, organizations should utilize a Trainer’s Orientation and TOT Curriculum Walk Through Survey to tailor training and support to your organization’s needs.



Lead Trainer Support Role

Ideally, a lead trainer will coordinate support for coaches throughout the Leadership Academy, including for pre-training Readiness Coaching, Leadership Academy Coaching and Post-Coaching. This creates consistent communication between training and coaching support. The lead trainer may decide to co-lead with the certified/lead coach who delivered the Virtual Coaching Learning Program (VCLP) for specific coaching skill enhancement. The Leadership Academy Coaching Guide is a helpful tool in supporting coaches and an important resource for trainers and facilitators too.

It is important to schedule a monthly support call with coaches. We recommended that early on these are group calls with all the coaches to maximize group learning. You may decide to rotate or supplement these group calls with individual support calls as needed. Support calls with coaches follow the same continuum of support as the one coaches use with Leadership Academy participants: more prescriptive and directive during pre-training Readiness Coaching as reflected in the Training Readiness Support Agendas. Leadership Academy Coaching and Post-Coaching calls are less directive and more facilitative in nature and can cover a variety of topics, issues, and successes as reflected in the Monthly Support Topics for Leadership Academy Coaching and Post-Coaching.

It is important to keep in mind confidentiality when you are supporting coaches in a group setting. If you are using a platform like Zoom, coaches can send a private chat to the facilitator who can speak to the specific example or question, without revealing the participant’s identity; this maximizes opportunities for group learning while respecting participant privacy. Alternatively, the facilitator may request that coaches send in questions in advance of the support call to ensure confidentiality in the discussion. When needed, the facilitator should schedule a private session with the coach to speak more freely.