International Leadership
Coaching Academy

Global is our comfort zone. ILCA coaches have many years experience in intercultural contexts and represent a diverse array of cultures, nationalities and backgrounds.
Everyone benefits when a leader gets better. ILCA coaches help to support new and experienced global Christian leaders.
We believe that quality coaching is the key to unlocking the potential in every leader.

About our coaching program

The International Leadership Coaching Academy is a rigorous ICF approved professional coach training and certification rooted in a strong Christian worldview.

The 16-month learning journey equips participants to successfully coach leaders/clients across a wide range of topics and challenges, stretching across a broad spectrum of skills, performance, developmental and transformational desired outcomes.With a strong self-awareness component for participants, the academy promises to stretch and develop each participant not only professionally but also personally.Our international and diverse faculty bring a rich fabric of leadership, training and consulting experience along with a passion to see leaders coached professionally and well.Additionally, being part of a truly global learning cohort will enrich participants’ learning journey through a multiplicity of global perspectives and provide a rich and safe learning environment.Successful completion of the program entitles participants to earn the title “Certified Leadership Coach”.

Our Philosophy

The International Leadership Coaching academy exists to develop highly-skilled, self-aware coaches who are competent and confident to work with global leaders in a holistic manner to support transformational change processes.

We envision a global network of leadership coaches who have been trained to the highest level of coming alongside leaders to facilitate coaching along a continuum of skills, performance, developmental and transformational coaching. This program has been designed by an international team of trainers and faculty with a vast scope of experience and background to equip coaches beyond the primarily Western approaches to coaching to engage meaningfully with clients from a wide variety of backgrounds and contexts.Graduates will be committed to ongoing growth and development through regular supervision and peer-learning in a global learning community. While our focus clearly is on the third sector, our training equally equips those who seek to support and develop leaders through coaching in the corporate space.

ILCA Faculty & Staff

For privacy reasons we are not able to provide names and photos of some of the ILCA faculty members

Faculty & Staff Members
Malaysia | Singapore | UK | Portugal | South Africa | Germany | Thailand

Next course dates 2024

Onsite 1 · Cape Town, South Africa: Arriving 6th October 2024 | departing 13th October 2024
Onsite 2 · February 2026 (exact dates and place to be decided)

Participant profile
This course has been designed for participants who embrace a Christian worldview and want to learn to come alongside leaders to support them through coaching. Participants are expected to complete all aspects of the course [on-site retreats, practical coaching with voluntary clients, reflective practise, mentor-coaching and supervision as well as a research project]. The focus of the program is on coaching leaders along a continuum from skills coaching to performance coaching, developmental coaching and transformational coaching. We welcome participants of all backgrounds, ages, ethnicities and genders.
Entry requirements
Participants are required to have a proficient level of English both in written and spoken English. (LEVEL B2 Common European Framework)
All applicants are expected to complete pre-course reading [Jenny Rogers’ “Coaching Skills”] and to undergo an interview with a faculty member to ensure that they fully understand the commitment required to complete this rigorous program.

What does the course look like?

The program components

Residential intensive onsites
2 intensive residential face-to-face "onsites" (one at the start, one at the end).
These are intensive interactive learning retreats with a good balance of theoretical and practical input. They are opportunities for practice and interaction with the global learning community throughout the program.Virtual learning communities:
Participants will complete 11 monthly online modules — these include monthly online synchronous days, as well as asynchronous
modules online covering a wide range of subjects (see below).
Modules include the following Topics:
— Emotional Intelligence and Emotional Literacy for Coaches and Clients
— Coaching for Confidence and Overcoming limiting beliefs
— Understanding and Facilitating Change
— Applying Appreciative Inquiry and Reframing Tools
— Applying and Exploring Different Theoretical Frameworks to Coaching
— Narrative coaching
— Person-centred biblical humanistic approach
— Cognitive-Behavioural Approach
— Positive Psychology Approaches [Resilience, Strength, Flow etc.]
— Articulating and Presenting your Current Coaching Philosophy and Approach
— Establishing a Personal Comprehensive Coach Profile and Niche
— Inter- and Cross-Cultural Consideration for Global Coaches
— Worldview and Leadership Assumptions
— Organisational Culture and Leadership Context
— Understanding Leadership Theories and Leadership Styles
— Applying Inquiry in the Leadership Context
Coaching practice:
Working with voluntary learners and clients forms a key part of the learning journey. Application of theoretical learning, tools, frameworks and approaches builds the confidence and skills of our leadership coaches. A minimum requirement of 20 hours of practical coaching with 5 clients and reflective practice makes the practice element attainable, though we find that most participants soon exceed the requirements as they grow and learn.
— 10 hours mentor-coaching (7 in group, 3 individual)
— Individual supervision sessions to ensure that participants’ learning is developed with supportive professional backup, ensuring adherence to best practice and helping aspiring coaches accelerate their learning.

How much does it cost?

Total Tuition costs: GBP 4000

Additional costs to be covered by participants:
— food and accommodation for both onsites 1 and 2 (organised by our logistics team)
— travel to and from venues for onsites 1 and 2
— course materials (books)
(printed manuals are supplied by ILCA)
Payment Plan
Deposit to secure a place [600 £GBP] (Non-refundable)
Payable at start of programme [1700 £GBP]
Payable half way through the programme [1700 £GBP]


The International Leadership Coaching Academy (ILCA) was designed by an international faculty with the explicit goal of creating a high-quality coach training program for leadership coaches operating within local and global contexts.The program has been designed to develop Leadership coaches adhering to the highest professional standards. Our training is closely aligned with the Coaching Core Competencies as identified by the International Coach Federation.The Incorporation the ICF code of Ethics ensures the safe and professional conduct of our coaches at all times.On successful completion of the programme, graduates can apply for ICF ACC provided they have completed all other ICF credential requirements.

LCF LEVEL 1 accredited course for 254.5 hours

How do I become an ACC credentialed professional coach?

1. Graduate an ICF Level 1 course

2. Log 100 hours of coaching practice (75 must be paid hours)

3. Apply via the ICF website:

— upload level 1 certificate
— verify 100 hours coaching log
— pay ICF fee
— successfully complete ICF exam

*PCC = Professional Certified Coach
*ACC = Associate Certified Coach

At ILCA we believe that coach development does not end at graduation, but is a continual process for the whole of a coach’s career.ILCABEYOND is a way of ensuring that our graduates are supported through their continuing professional development.ILCABEYOND is a space created for International leadership Coaching Academy Alumni to meet and keep in touch with each other across cohorts through live sessions with peer-to-peer coaching practice, input sessions, updates on changes in our course, support with ICF credentialing processes, webinars, Q&A sessions, and much more to support you as we all continue to develop and mature as coaches.COACHREFRESHFor our internal coaches, COACHREFRESH is essential for ongoing professional development and are free for all ILCA graduates.The vision for ILCABEYOND is to become more and more alumni-run/organized, with faculty supporting with content through COACHREFRESH.It is our hope that we develop ILCABEYOND we will also be able to offer ICF CCE credits which coaches can use towards renewal of their ICF credential.If you are an ILCA graduate and would like to get involved, please contact us using the contact form.

© International Leadership Coaching Academy, 2024

Elke Hanssmann (PCC, ICF)

MA in Practical Coaching and Mentoring, Oxford Brookes Business School, Oxford, UKElke is a highly experienced coach with a demonstrated history of working in the corporate and non-profit organization management industry. Skilled in leadership coaching, transition coaching, non-profit organizations, intercultural communication, career development, and conflict resolution. She is a strong consulting professional who has trained globally in more than 50 countries on all continents and her clients included men and women across a wide spectrum of ages, professional, cultural and ethnic backgrounds.German by nationality she has lived in Spain, North Africa, the US and Germany before settling in the UK. She speaks German, English, and some conversational Spanish.
Along with her leadership of the International Leadership Coaching Academy she also works with clients through her business.

Neil Mason (PCC, ICF)

PGC Coaching & Mentoring, University of Gloucestershire, UK.Neil is an experienced coach in the corporate, educational and non-profit areas. Skilled in leadership, transition, intercultural and educational coaching. He is an ILCA graduate from the first cohort.Neil holds a degree in Education from the University of Porto, Portugal and a post-graduate certificate in Coaching and Mentoring from the University of Gloucestershire, UK. He is an intercultural specialist working with various organisations, including the University of Porto, and runs a course on Mentoring in Education for Portuguese state school teachers.He has lived and worked in Portugal since 1989. He speaks English and Portuguese.He is a Professional Certified Coach (PCC - ICF) and Senior Practitioner with the EMCC.

David Landes (ACC, ICF)

David lives in Chiang Mai, Thailand, is married to Natascha and is father of three teenagers and one adult son.He is a associate certified coach (ACC) with the International Coaching Federation (ICF).Cross-cultural experiences have been formative for David. Born 1977 in the Netherlands, he spent his early childhood in Burkina Faso and Cote d'Ivoire. In Germany, his passport country, David gathered experience with small business consulting and event management.Before moving to Thailand, David lived in Laos for 18 years, where he founded and managed several small businesses and lead several non-profit initatives. He is convinced that businesses can act as catalyst for social, economic, environmental and spiritual change. Besides executive coaching and being an ILCA faculty member, David continues to work as an entrepreneur and consultant.