What Is Coaching

Among all the professions in the field of personal and professional development, coaching is the one experiencing highest growth rates. According to the recent research by PwC, there are 53k coach practitioners worldwide generating more than $2bn revenue, and around 11k managers and leaders use coaching skills.

In my experience, however, there is still a lot of confusion about what coaching actually is. Let me try to briefly describe this to you.

According to International Coach Federation, leading global organization dedicated to professional coaching:

“Coaching is partnering with clients in a thought-provoking and creative process that inspires them to maximize their personal and professional potential”

What does that mean?

First of all, coaching is a partnership between the coach and the client. A coach won’t ever say “I’m the expert” of “Do what I tell you”. In fact, the coach appreciates the client as an expert of their own case. Being there to support the “thought-provoking and creative process” of the client, a coach is trained to ask powerful questions for the client to find their own answers.

Hard to believe that kind of support might be effective? Just think about: How many of the advices you get do you actually follow? And how often do you say (or think): “Well, that’s a good question” or: “I never thought about it from that perspective”?

Second core element of coaching is “maximizing clients’ personal and professional potential”. Rather than analyzing problems, coaching is focused on unlocking the potential hidden in each of us. If you would go to a coach and start talking about your problems, he or she will most certainly ask you: “Instead of problems XYZ, what is what you really want?”… With this first insight about where you want to go, a solution is starting to be created.

Based on the two main distinctions “asking questions” and “creating solutions”, coaching might be easily distinguished from other professions such as counselling, consulting, mentoring and training – in my next post, I’ll expand on those further.

I hope that was helpful – feel invited to post your comments and questions below!

The original article was published on LinkedIn: lnkd.in/gM9CAeN

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