Richard Boyatzis on Coaching for Compassion versus Coaching for Compliance

  • June 05, 2019
  • Millbank Chapel, Teachers College, Columbia University 525 West 120th St. New York, NY 10027


Registration is closed

Advance live event ticket sales will close at 9PM on Tuesday May 4. Livestream remain available.

Walk-in tickets will be available for purchase day-of.

Attendees should use the entrance at 525 W 120th Street and bring a government-issued photo ID.

Join ICF Upstate New York and ICF NYC to explore how coaching with compassion is key in helping people achieve sustainable change!

When: June 5th, 2019

CCEUs- 2.5 Core, .5 RD

Growing and developing is a major driving force in our quest to help others, make a difference and contribute to a better organization and society. Coaches help others establish a deep emotional connection called resonance, whether teacher-student, professor-student, doctor-patient, nurse-patient, coach-client, mentor-protégé, manager-subordinate, and likely parent-child and spouse/partner to spouse/partner. They are, literally, in tune with clients. Their own levels of emotional intelligence allows them to create and nurture these resonant relationships. They use their EI on the path through mindfulness, hope, compassion, and playfulness.

These experiences of mindfulness, hope, compassion, and playfulness are essential to the renewal of the human organism at the neurological, hormonal, emotional, and behavioral levels. Based on decades of research into emotional intelligence competencies and longitudinal studies in their development, Professor Richard Boyatzis will lead the audience through examples of how coaching with compassion (i.e., coaching a person to the Positive Emotional Attractors (PEA), their vision and values) is key to leadership development and more resonant relationships. He will describe his own fMRI studies on coaching to the Positive Emotional Attractor (PEA) versus the Negative Emotional Attractor (NEA), as well as recent doctor-patient studies showing that arousal of the PEA increased treatment adherence for Type II Diabetics.  He will explain why this is central to neuro-endocrine renewal in the human body (which is the only antidote to the ravages of chronic stress).

Among others, this session will address: 

  • A process for developing sustainable improvement on EI, resonant relationships and the central role of compassion in it.
  • The psycho-physiological role of the Positive Emotional Attractor and the Negative Emotional Attractor in motivating change or encouraging the status quo regression. 
  • How coaching with compassion is effective in helping people change in sustainable ways, but coaching for compliance is not. And why it is crucial to the sustainability of the coach as well.
  • The neural activations involved in these two forms of coaching and why one prepares a person to consider change and learning while the other closes their minds.
  • How to coach others to develop EI, resonant leadership, and to sustainably change.

Meet our speaker

Richard Boyatzis

H.R. Horvitz Professor of Family Business

Professor, Organizational Behavior

Distinguished University Professor, Case Western Reserve University

Author and professor Richard Boyatzis is one of the world's leading experts in leadership development and emotional intelligence (EI). His research on human behavior has revolutionized management education and helped spawn a new industry of competency consultants, researchers, academics, and executive coaches. Boyatzis is the Distinguished University Professor and the HR Horvitz Professor of Family Business at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland and a Professor in Human Resources at ESADE in Barcelona, one of the top business schools in the world. He also is a Professor in the Departments of Organizational Behavior, Psychology and Cognitive Science at Case Western. A frequent guest lecturer at management schools throughout Europe and the U.S., he has written over 150 articles on leadership, motivation, behavioral change, emotional intelligence, and managerial competencies. His latest research studies are analyses of the neuroscience of effective leadership and coaching.

Evening  agenda





Take your seat


Security and Registration Information

Register early to take advantage of discounted ticket prices! Early bird pricing ends May 10.

Please note that Walk-in tickets will be subject to availability. We are not able to guarantee entry unless tickets are purchased in advance.


Early Bird

(ends May 10)



(subject to availability)

ICF Member












Student* $25 $25 $45
Live Streaming $35 $35 NA

*Please note student ticket quantity is limited. Must present valid student ID at entry.

Join the Coaching Study

As we continue to bring our attention to demonstrating the ways in which professional coaching is impactful, both in a corporate and individual setting, we are excited about an opportunity to work with Dr. Richard Boyatzis and his research team at Case Western Reserve University (CWRU) in a ground breaking, first of its kind study of the Competencies of Effective Coaches.

We encourage you to share your perspectives and be included in this important research. To have your voice included, Dr. Boyatzis is requesting the following:

      Approximately an hour of your time to complete a set of questionnaires

      The names of five to eight peers that can make observations about the frequency of your behavior expressing various competencies

      The names of five to eight people with whom you are starting or about to begin a coaching relationship (note that even 1 or 2 potential new clients is sufficient). Unfortunately, existing clients you are currently working with will not qualify to participate.

Your participation is invaluable and, if you are able to share your insights, you can sign up and complete the questionnaires using the following link: 

For more detailed information about the study, please check our brief FAQ or download the study factsheet.

Special Thanks to our Event Sponsors

© Copyright 2022 ICF NYC. All rights reserved

Powered by Wild Apricot Membership Software