Water Leadership Coaching Services

Offering water practitioners access to experienced and qualified leadership coaches who work in, and understand, the water sector.

The IWC offers water practitioners access to experienced and qualified leadership coaches who work in, and understand, the water sector. Such coaching is done within the IWC Water Leadership Program, but is also offered outside the program at any time on a user-pays basis.

The nature of the service

Having a leadership coach can be a powerful developmental relationship. A coach can:

  • help you to excel at ‘self leadership’ (i.e. knowing the personal values, nature, strengths and weaknesses and actively managing your life so that you are your best as a leader).
  • help you develop specific leadership strategies or skills.
  • help you work through challenging issues (e.g. a career transition).
  • help you build and implement a personalised leadership development plan to allow you to clarify your developmental objectives, the behaviours / strategies you plan to use, how to practice these behaviours, and how to get feedback and support along the way.
  • help you to access resources (e.g. information on leadership strategies, models and tools).
  • challenge you (e.g. to re-frame a problem or to move outside your ‘comfort zone’).
  • provide support and encouragement.
  • provide an ‘accountability mechanism’ to keep you on-track and making progress with developmental work.

A typical coaching relationship with the IWC consists of three one-hour meetings between the coachee and the coach. These meetings may be separated by several weeks. They may be done face to face, by telephone or via Skype. Each meeting will have clear objectives.

For more information on coaching, we recommend reading the Centre for Creative Leadership Booklet titled: “Leadership Coaching: When It’s Right and When You’re Ready”.

Who can benefit

This service can use used by any water practitioner who:

  • is motivated to work with a coach to build leadership skills;
  • is prepared to be challenged and do work between coaching sessions; and
  • has the opportunity to practice leadership behaviours and strategies (i.e. is currently working through real leadership challenges).

Further information

If you would like to discuss this service, including how to use this service, what to expect from your first session, the cost of coaching and whether this service is right for you, please contact the IWC’s Leadership Specialst, Dr André Taylor on a.taylor@watercentre.org, ph. 04 3818 2709, or contact your preferred coach directly.

Our coaches

Dr André Taylor | IWC Leadership Specialist

André completed his PhD in water-related leadership at Monash University, and has worked in the Australian water industry for 19 years. He has worked in the private and public sectors.André (BSc Hons, MEM, PhD) leads the design and delivery of the IWC’s Water Leadership Program, Water Leadership Master Class and customised leadership short courses. He also conducts the coaching sessions for the IWC Water Leadership Program each year.

He also directs his own consulting business, and works as the Course Coordinator for the Leadership in a Complex Environment course at the University of NSW (Masters of Business and Technology, Australian Graduate School of Management).

André is a keynote speaker on water and sustainability leadership. He has also published leadership-related papers in publications such as Water Science & Technology, the Sage Environmental Leadership Handbook, and the world’s premier leadership journal, The Leadership Quarterly.

André is a trained and experienced coach, counsellor and mentor. Training includes the Australian Institute of Management’s Coaching and Mentoring Program.

Contact details


Ph. +61 4 3818 2709

Based in NSW, Australia

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Wouter T. Lincklaen Arriëns | TransformationFirst.Asia Pty Ltd Leadership Coach

Wouter is a trained coach and facilitator, and a member of the International Association of Coaching. He works with aspiring leaders in Asia and elsewhere who want to expand beyond self-imposed limitations. His clients are in business, government, and civil society, and include mid-career and senior specialists, and executives. He also helps young professionals and youth leaders.

As a leading water specialist of the Asian Development Bank for more than 20 years until 2013, he helped clients in investment projects, change management, stakeholder engagement, leadership development, and regional cooperation.

He is a lecturer and coach for sustainability leadership at the United Nations University in Tokyo, a member of the Global Water Partnership’s Technical Committee, a senior advisor of the Network of Asian River Basin Organizations, and a leadership coach and advisor to the UNESCO-IHE Institute for Water Education.

Wouter has led a stream of innovations for water security and governance and has authored the Global Quality Standards for Water Leadership Development Programs.

Contact details


Ph. +65 6631 8527

Based in Philippines and Indonesia

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