Dr. Jeffrey E. Auerbach, President, College of Executive Coaching

I’m immensely impressed with the Skill Kit for Leaders: Emotional Intelligence Module. Diane Foster has leveraged her extensive high level experience with coaching for emotional intelligence, into a highly practical, valuable toolkit for professional coaches.

Ray Call, Executive Coach and CEO

The System (for Developing Leadership Competency) is solid!

Gail Aldrich, Executive VP HR, and President, SHRM

I have watched Diane work effectively in two organizations and have been impressed with her ability to intervene and help resolve complex organizational problems. She values and works harmoniously with a diverse group of professionals and is skilled at guiding them to more productive individual and group behaviors. Diane is always on the cutting edge […]

Kate Murphy, Rupert Hill and Associates

My recent purchase of Diane Foster’s Skill Kit for Leaders, has accelerated my go-to-market status and personal momentum. The importance of having ready access to a wealth of competency -building materials relevant for today’s leaders cannot be understated. My confidence level and motivation has soared for working with mid-level managers using the SKL materials. Using […]

Jocelyn Scarborough, VP of Human Resources CSAA and San Disk

Diane enables those she works with to engage in ways that have not been the norm. She helped to stimulate the whole environment to learn, grow, and change.

John Peggau, Psy.D. President, Executive Coaching Associates, Inc

I just wanted to take a moment of your time to thank you for all the hard work you did putting together the Skill Kit For Leaders! This is truly a priceless piece of work! What a tremendous tool you have created. I have not only been able to draw from your outlines for certain […]

Ken Petron, Manager, Training and Organization Development, E.P.R.I.

As an external consultant, Diane works with her H.R. colleagues in a true spirit of collaboration. With close attention to communication, she builds leverage for the internal staff and program.

Director, Project Manager Office, Health Plan of San Joaquin

I wanted to take a minute and recognize how much your coaching and your Skill Kit units have meant not only to me but our IT Department’s Leadership team.  Our CIO introduced us to you and your Skill Kits for Leaders, as a way for us to look at building strengths in our leadership abilities.  […]

Leo Simon, Financial Services Vice President

I was extremely impressed with the way the program was designed, and the way you implemented it. I now know well what my priorities are, and how to go after them.

JoAnn Garner, BSI OPP Senior Project Manager, Blood Systems Inc.

One of my direct reports targeted Delegating and Collaborating as focused IDP goals. After some initial doubt about the benefit of focusing on targeted skills, there has been observable improvement in demonstrated delegating and collaboration behavior. Co-workers on the team have also observed and commented on the individual’s increased skills since starting to use the […]

MA Executive Coach and Certified Coach Facilitator

I love the practicality of the “Skill Kit for Leaders” that you have developed for “real time” integration. You suggest tangible activities that a Manager/Leader can use immediately with their staff and you provide a wealth of resource materials — available through books and workshops and on the Internet, as well as videos on particular […]

Collected Responses from Individual Director-Level clients who have worked with The Skill Kit for Leaders

“The clarity and focus it allowed me to work on for goal-setting and strategies to put into practical practice.” “The many categories of skill-building information that are available and having them as a reference to use for personal and staff.” “Making space to focus on my needs – by doing this I was able to […]

Melissa S. Kelly-McCabe, Executive Coach, and President Clear Intent Strategy, Inc.

The Skill Kit for Leaders is packed with information and resources that leaders can use to understand and develop the skills and behaviors they need to succeed in our fast-paced and upwardly mobile world.  I particularly like that it is all there – detailed, accurate, and laid out for me to use rather than invent. […]

Ann Polya, Ph.D.

I highly recommend Diane Foster and her very well documented and excellent work to anyone who would like to advance in their personal or professional life. Her work is insightful and uplifting. And most importantly, she is a genuine, good hearted person who is always willing to learn and a delight to hear her insights […]

Regional Manager, U.S. Department of Labor

Can I share the resources you gave me on Listening and Communication from the Skill Kit with another Director who doesn’t have you as a coach? He really needs them too.

Claire V., EdD, MBA, SPHR, Human Resource Services, Indiana University

Having been tasked with creating Talent Management tools for several organizations, I find the Skill Kit for Leaders to be a very integrated Talent Management approach that incorporates all the elements that truly support leaders in their development and the development of those that they lead. I have no doubt that this legacy project of […]


Relly Nadler, Psy. D., Author, Leaders’ Playbook: How to Apply Emotional

The Skill Kit for Leaders, by Diane Foster is one of the best collections of tools and activities I have seen for developing leadership. The 8 leadership roles and 34 skills to develop them, creates a treasure chest of gems sure to improve leadership at all levels.

Angus Laird, VP Membership, EPRI

Diane is thorough, thoughtful, strategic, and deeply-involved when she is in “work” mode. I have genuine appreciation for the people knowledge she has and how effectively she applies it in very difficult change management and organizational development situations.   In addition, she has innovated some amazing diagnostic tools. She personally applies them and very skillfully […]

Robbie White, Sr. Human Resources Assistant at Contra Costa County

I went to an executive workshop at Haas titled “Leader as Coach”.  It was taught by a PhD along with his team.  Honestly, your Skill Kit for Leaders is much more useful than what I learned from the workshop.  The tool kit provides hands-on tools that can be used in so many areas. I don’t […]

Division Director, Large Public Agency

Thanks so much for the resources in your Skill Kit for Leaders units on Delegation, Team building, and Managing Change have given me. Very helpful!

Debra Valle, MCC; President DSV Catalytic Leadership

Diane Foster’s Skill Kit  for Leaders program(SKL) prepares coaches to deliver a high end coaching experience to C-Suite and Executive level leaders. This is a very rich resource and a MUST HAVE  for any coach working with leaders on their development, but especially those working to develop leadership in the C-Suite.

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Systems ApproachProgram Material

The Leadership Skill of “Self-Awareness” is a critical resource for coaching on this facet of “Emotional Intelligence”, and foundational for so many other leadership competencies. 
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“Real-Time” Resources for Building Leadership Competencies

  • Emotional Intelligence
  • Individual and team development
  • Communication and listening skills
  • Building trust and influence
  • Demonstrating great decision-making and results
  • Planning and strategy skills

Where can leaders learn these competencies in your organization?

Diane Foster’s Skill Kit for Leaders: “Real-Time” Resources for Building Leadership Competencies is a proven, successful structure and framework for a systems approach to talent management. It builds leadership competencies in individuals and teams and cascades those improvements throughout an entire organization, positively impacting bottom-line results.


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Based on Harvard Leadership Studies and Master Certified Coach and Certified Mentor Coach Diane Foster’s rich background and 25+ years or experience in leadership development, this robust, comprehensive, ready-made “Leadership Development Program” integrates well with any competency model and can be licensed and co-branded for use with your Coaching Practice, within your Organization, or for resale to other organizations.

The Skill Kit for Leaders provides instant access to 42 rich resource units and associated tools. Each unit includes practice exercises, tips, videos, and recommended online resources for self-study or guided study for employees at any level in organizations of every size and every industry.

Leaders Aren’t Born, They’re Developed

The answer to organizational success can be found in providing systematic Leadership Development resources that successfully grow leadership competencies in a wide range of areas:

Features and Benefits

  • Purchase the SKL program as an INDIVIDUAL COACH to increase your book of business and use with your clients as leadership development tools, resources, tips, new models, and ideas to build skills in various facets of leadership and management.
  • As a LEADER/TRAINER within an organization, implement new leadership development programs or complement your organization’s existing efforts to drive systemic leadership development and bottom-line results. The SKL program easily blends with/reinforces existing training material.
  • LICENSE AND CO-BRAND the entire Skill Kit for Leaders program and materials with your brand identity (with acknowledgement to Diane Foster as the author and program creator) and use and edit the materials as you see fit with organizations and clients, or resell it to others and realize 40% of the resale price.

ADDITIONAL BONUS—Anyone who licenses the SKL program can tap program creator Diane Foster to arrange ongoing support to implement a program aligned with the 42 competencies in SKL program, to set up Mentor-coaching, or to deliver a “Corporate Coaching Clinic” utilizing her presentation templates, PowerPoints, and assessment tools (such as the Highlands Ability Battery Leadership Assessment, EQ-I 2.0 assessments, Panoramic Feedback, Customized 360s, etc.).

Take a look at why our SKL Program builds leadership for a 
High Performance Culture

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Contact Diane Foster at
(510) 865-3695 to discuss your needs, your vision, and licensing/co-branding options.