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Our Story

It all started 30 years ago.

When CTI was forming in 1992, nobody could have predicted where coaching would be today: essential to the success of people, teams, and organizations across the world. The only thing our founders knew is that they were onto something… and it was something they passionately believed in. Today, the Co-Active Training Institute continues to lead the way in developing the inextricable links between coaching, leadership, and culture.

Through the unique in-person experiential learning that has since become our signature, we’ve trained over 62,000 Co-Active leaders worldwide who transform lives everyday. We are the largest in-person coach training and leadership training organization in the world and home to the ground-breaking programs that teach our Co-Active Model and Co-Active Leadership Model.

The impact of our work starts with the individual. Whether that person is approaching training from the context of an organization, or a community, or is self-inspired, the leadership journey starts within. Our purpose is to help people become more aware of their impact in the world, so they experience life in responsible relationship to it. Amazing things happen when we have the vision and courage to take a stand for human potential.

Our Vision

Transform the human experience

  • Co-Active Coaching: A Guide to the Co-Active Model is considered the seminal text in coach training programs worldwide.
  • CTI has been called the “gold standard” of coaching by the Institute of Coaching, a Harvard Medical School affiliate that has linked the four cornerstones of the Co-Active Model to evidence-based scientific research.
  • CTI was the first organization accredited by the International Coach Federation (ICF).
  • CTI delivers courses and programs in 16 countries around the world, in 13 different languages either directly or through global partners.

Our History

The Coaches Training Institute (CTI) was founded in 1992 by three of the earliest recognized visionaries in coaching—Laura Whitworth, and Karen and Henry Kimsey-House—whose earlier collaboration with Thomas Leonard invented coaching as an industry.

Coaching is CTI’s origin, expertise, and foundation. As coaching has become more widely regarded as a “core competency” in business and change management, CTI has seen the evolution of the innovative work of our co-founders, and how it has influenced and been adapted as a leadership skill set and mindset. The result is our exciting transition to a leadership development company creating a new language of leadership.

Our co-founders led CTI through the transition to a leadership development company in 2019, handing over the roles of co-presidents to three new co-presidents Carey Baker, Carlo Bos, and Brian Tucker. CTI remains dedicated to our purpose of teaching humanity to see themselves as naturally creative, resourceful, and whole leaders who take responsibility for their world.

Mission: Creating a Co-Active World

Imagine a world where the fundamental skills and approach of the Co-Active Model are widely used—not just by coaches, but by leaders everywhere. What if we recognized that everyone is a leader responsible for their world? What would that Co-Active world look like?

Co-Active Leadership

Imagine a world where we are all leaders—truly conscious of ourselves and the impact we have on our world. What if we abandoned top-down control, tapping into the talents of the many, not the few? What if we acknowledged there is more than one way to lead and replaced rigidity and control with flexibility and agility? We would value learning and growth over comfort and appearance. We would help others create compelling visions—wholly supported, encouraged, and celebrated.

Co-Active Work

Imagine a world where everyone has a compelling vision of their work. This would be a world that receives everybody’s best efforts, and everybody’s gifts— instead of merely their compliance. Instead of just going through the motions, work would be inspired and innovative, generating creative solutions through collaboration that would never be possible just on our own.

Co-Active Purpose

Imagine a world where everyone has a sense of choice and purpose—determined to make a difference in the lives of others, while living fully as themselves. They would no longer tolerate second-rate lives. Fulfillment would not be something that would happen “someday”—it would be available in this and every moment.

Co-Active Conversations

Imagine a world where people were committed to truly listening—not only to what is being said, but to what is not being said. What if people listened deeply, allowing us to see and be seen in our humanity? What if it was safe to routinely tell the truth to one another—even the hard truth? What if we were comfortable sitting with people during emotional times? We would hold conversations driven by honesty, respect, curiosity, and commitment.

Co-Active Relationships

Imagine a world where the axioms of coaching operate everywhere in interpersonal relationships, both professional and personal. Imagine the difference it would make if people designed alliances based on trust and accountability. What if we held out the biggest picture possible of what we and others could be, instead of pointing out everyone’s limitations and flaws? What if we came to expect greatness instead of failure or inadequacy?

The Power of Co-Active

Founder and lead designer Henry Kimsey-House discusses the power of Co-Active coaching: its ability to address wholeness in people and its ability to cut across cultures and provide a profound way for human beings to connect with one another.

Founder and lead designer Henry Kimsey-House discusses the power of Co-Active coaching: its ability to address wholeness in people and its ability to cut across cultures and provide a profound way for human beings to connect with one another.