Coaches blend questions, observations and a load of listening with precise, clear feedback to create a conversation rich in insight and learning. The client experiences a focus and attention on their own circumstances that helps them develop greater awareness and understanding. In addition, they will also gain fresh ways to resolve issues, produce better results and achieve goals more effectively. Common benefits people experience from coaching include:
- improved sense of direction & focus
- accelerated learning around a distinct topic, eg managing people, relationships, influence
- improved performance in an area, eg professionally, health, finances etc
- increased knowledge of self/self-awareness
- improved personal effectiveness, eg focused effort on priorities
- increased motivation or sense of personal engagement
- increased resourcefulness/resilience, eg ability to handle change.
Coaching starts with the assumption that an individual is responsible for the results they’re creating. Whilst there may be things that are beyond the client’s control, it is more productive to look at which elements we can influence or our own responses. If we acknowledge that we are responsible for something, it follows that we have power and influence over it. For example, if a leader is not getting the results at school that they want, a coach might encourage them to:
- understand that situation more clearly
- develop new ideas or approaches for those situations
- take constructive action that gets the results they want.
What a coach will not do is take responsibility (and power) away from the client by solving the problem themselves. An effective coach aims to empower leaders by supporting them to act, rather than acting on their behalf.