One of the perks of earning an online MBA at Capella University is the opportunity to work 1:1 with a BetterUp leadership coach.

Students get support as they complete their degree and gain skills to carry far into the future.

What Is BetterUp?

BetterUp is an experiential learning platform that provides personalized development through 1:1 tech-enabled leadership coaching and individually-tailored microlearning exercises to members of Fortune 500 companies, universities, and other organizations nationwide. Capella partners with BetterUp to provide each online MBA student with an expert coach. BetterUp uses a “Whole Person” method to support a person’s ability to inspire as a leader, while also thriving as an individual. BetterUp supports people first as humans, then as workers.

Capella students start with a Whole Person leadership self-assessment, which provides insight into their leadership strengths and opportunities for growth, and also matches them with a coach uniquely suited to their goals. Students then meet with their coach in 1:1 video calls over the course of several months. Some examples of student topics for these coaching sessions include: defining their goals for the Capella program, identifying their leadership growth opportunities, and navigating the balance between school, work and home life.

Capella students who have worked with a BetterUp coach report six great reasons to try leadership coaching:

1. Get help identifying your strengths.

Sometimes, it takes an outside eye to spot your unique traits and talents. BetterUp coaches use a variety of approaches to help you discover what you bring to the table, both personally and professionally.

“The coach really helped me to identify my trigger points. It was great to talk to someone without any prior knowledge of who I am and someone who wouldn’t pass judgment.”

“I felt very supported in the learning of my business traits.”

“Coaching helps new leaders to lead with the skills they have, and understand the skills they need to work on.”

2. Work around your busy schedule.

BetterUp coaching is designed to be flexible for busy students who are juggling multiple responsibilities. You’ll meet with your BetterUp coach in a video call, which you can conveniently make from your phone. While coaching sessions might bulk up your calendar a bit, they can also decrease overall stress levels.


“The format of BetterUp coaching may feel odd to those who don’t use FaceTime very much, but I found the convenience of the cell phone sessions to be very good.”

3. Have permission to be totally honest.

In a professional setting, it’s not always safe (or wise) to share all of your candid thoughts and feelings. How will saying what you really think affect your professional relationships and career opportunities? Working with a BetterUp coach is different. It’s a private, one-on-one relationship built on trust. Your coach won’t share what you disclose in sessions, so it’s safe to be completely frank. Using honesty as a foundation, you can set highly grounded goals and prepare to meet challenges with confidence.

“I was made to feel comfortable sharing my thoughts and feelings about things that are important to me.”

“The combination of my coaching and my strengths assessment allowed me to open up and be completely honest with myself. If you can’t be honest with yourself, you can’t be honest with your team.”

4. Learn self care.

When Capella students team up with a BetterUp coach, they’re often surprised that the sessions aren’t only about mapping out career moves. As the airplane breathing mask metaphor goes, you have to put on your own mask first. You must address your own needs before you can effectively lead others.

“I learned that I need to take care of myself so I can take care of others, including my team. I need to model the behavior I would want of them.”

5. Get great advice.

Your BetterUp coach will make recommendations that factor in what you’re already good at and areas where you could grow. Here’s a sampling of advice MBA students received:

“When you notice the presence of the inner critic or any other gremlin that’s distracting you from being in your full values and purpose, call it out, then place it in a cage. Refocus on what’s important and proceed from this more powerful place. Also, to more fully honor your authenticity, let people experience the gift of you! (Especially the parts you may have learned to hide at work.)”

“Let your guard down. When you are at your most vulnerable state, you can learn the most about yourself. This is exactly what I did. I was able to connect with my coach on a level that I would have never thought possible with a stranger, and it completely changed the course of my future.”

“I learned how to make time for myself and include self-care activities in my busy life.”

“We talked about pausing midday to take inventory to how the day is going—to become more mindful.”

6. Game changer for personal and professional growth.
Many Capella online MBA students who have worked with a BetterUp coach reported that it was transformational. Even if they weren’t sure of the value of leadership coaching up front, they were convinced in the end. BetterUp coaches know how to ask the right questions to guide you toward the insights that can lead to personal and professional growth.

“I learned that what I thought I wanted to do as a career wasn’t what I really wanted to do. It was the most logical and something I was good at, but I wasn’t setting myself up for a career that I would truly thrive in.”

“My BetterUp coaching was truly a life-changing experience! I really wasn’t sure what to expect going into it, but left with so much.”

“It really is whatever you make of it. Your coach is there for you, and you get out of it what you put in.”

Ready to develop your unique leadership skills, set strategic goals, and achieve better work-life balance? Team up with a BetterUp leadership coach as part of the Capella University online MBA program.