Peter Cohen | Coach
To his own surprise, Peter Cohen – an extreme introvert – migrated toward positions of authority from an early age. He was the first student body president of his elementary school. He launched a club in high school, becoming its first president. As a professional and academic, he has been director, department chair, associate dean, and college dean.
Reflecting on his career, Peter says, “First-hand experiences taught me that being in a position of authority does not mean I was good at leadership. So now, as a KLC coach and university professor, and as a husband, father, and friend, I am committed to helping people increase their capacity to lead effectively in their professional and personal lives.”
Peter coaches in KLC’s Lead for Change and ExecTrac programs. He was a founding member of KLC’s teaching team and has taught continuously in college classrooms for 47 years. Whether working with corporate CEOs, academic deans, nonprofit managers, or undergraduates, Peter creates environments where individuals can practice the difficult work of leadership. Students at Wichita State University will say about Peter, “Dr. C. doesn’t hesitate to call BS on you; he knows what you need and when you need it, and in this way shows he really cares.”
Peter is a native Californian with Midwest roots and values on his mother’s side. He earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of California, Berkeley, a master’s degree in social psychology from San Diego State University, and a Ph.D. in Psychology and Education from The University of Michigan. He earned a “mini-MBA” certificate from Wichita State University and completed an adaptive leadership program through the Kennedy School at Harvard University. Earlier in his career Peter developed an international reputation for research in faculty evaluation and development. He received a career achievement award from the American Educational Research Association for significant and sustained contributions to this field of work. Both the American Psychological Association and the American Educational Research Association have recognized Peter as a fellow of their organizations
Peter says, “Through my work with students, coaching clients and KLC partners, I’ve gotten better at understanding my biography while not letting my past control me or dictate my path. I’ve gotten better at experimenting and learning from that process. I’ve gotten better at embracing vulnerability. I’ve gotten better at taking care of myself which has enabled me to be a better teacher, coach, husband, father, and friend. I’ll continue to strive to get better at whatever’s next and I want to help others do so as well.”