Seth Bate | Teacher and Coach
“I sing when I run.”
If you spot this phrase embroidered on a pair of running shorts in Kansas it probably means Seth Bate has just jogged past you. Or, more likely, you have run past him.
Seth is a reluctant jogger. But he’s determined. And loud. And memorable.
Whether it’s on a trail, in a classroom, or in a coaching conversation, Seth brings a creative rebelliousness with him. He refuses to acknowledge that a situation is hopeless, and he holds up possibilities and paths to people who think they are stuck.
After five years of co-facilitating a community leadership program, Seth began working at Wichita State University in 2006. As a member of KLC’s Core Teaching Team, Seth brings his determined, memorable, creative (and occasionally loud) self to the front of the room in our Your Leadership Edge and Equip to Lead programs. You’ll find him facilitating learning with KLC’s Custom Fit, Leadership Transformation Grant and Community Leadership Program Network partners, and as a coach in Lead for Change.
At KLC, Seth is respected for his ingenious ability to share leadership concepts in new ways. He was the first person to complete the KLC’s Leadership Coach certification and holds the International Coach Federation’s Professional Certified Coach (PCC) designation.
As a coach, Seth is empathetic and direct. Clients say he is so easy to talk that sometimes they don’t even know they are being coached—until a provocative question from Seth opens up a whole new perspective. When you bring a leadership challenge to a coaching conversation with Seth, you discover what makes your challenge so difficult…and why it is not really difficult at all. Coaching conversations with Seth are often filled with laughter punctuated by a full, present, rich silence.
Seth loves Kansas history and the food we eat. On a break from jogging he’d happily sample the best and most unusual things available in your hometown. Whether you encounter Seth on the jogging path or choose him for your coach in Lead for Change, you are in for a real treat.