In this CompassPoints of View blog post, we talk with Senior Project Directors Michelle Gislason and Marissa Tirona about peer coaching circles: how peer coaching circles came to CompassPoint, how we use them in our work, what the future of peer coaching circles holds, and why we like them!
Peer coaching circles bring peers together to coach each other to develop more effective, better supported leaders within organizations and movements. In these circles, each participant equally focuses on their peers’ learning and development. Peers use an action learning process that supports adult learning to hold one another accountable to their goals and support each other to address current problems and challenges. Through our work with hundreds of leaders and organizations, we’ve learned that peer coaching circles
Offer a confidential network of peers,
Build leadership skills,
Support the resolution of real-world issues, and
Provide leaders the time to reflect and learn as they take action.
At CompassPoint, we use peer coaching circles as an integral element of individual and collective leadership development. We provide training and facilitate these circles as part of our cohort leadership programs and our work with organizational clients. We also use it within our own organization for staff development.