Biased Opinion About Coaching

Biased Opinion About Coaching

In my new role at the President of the International Coach Federation, Austin Charter Chapter I get asked a lot of questions. I love that, I'm a coach after all, I love questions.

One question I get asked is "Do you think everyone needs a coach?". What a great question!

Part of my strong belief in the power of coaching comes from watching the lives of people that I coach transform. However, the other thing that has convinced me of the power of coaching is being coached. It has been my pleasure to be coached by many different coaches with many different specialties. I'm a believer!

That is not to say that every situation in life needs a coach. There are times we need consultants, times we need counsellors, times we need mentors. What is it then that makes coaching so beneficial in such a far-reaching way?

In part, it's because coaching is not about fixing something that's broken. It can be and sometimes is the best tool for helping someone change behaviors or thinking that are getting in the way. Coaching IS about changing behaviors, changing thinking and changing paradigms or ways of seeing the world but that can be about the need to think bigger or the ability to create strategy to turn dreams in to reality.

One thing that I love to do is to train leaders in how to use coaching skills and a coaching model in their own workplace. This is where we can see a huge multiplier effect from coaching. Although I have had significant training in coaching, there are ways to offer "everyone" a coach by equipping large numbers of employees in the basics and encouraging them to coach each other.

At the professional level coaches are bound by strong ethics and specific competencies. I personally adhere to the International Coach Federation versions of both of these. I've included the competencies below. Although they are specific to professional coaching, have a read. I believe the vast majority of them reflect fantastic leadership in general. 

So, I would not say that everyone "needs" a coach but I sure would say that everyone could benefit. I would say that so much of my own success and growth has benefited through the coaching that I receive!


A. Setting the Foundation
1. Meeting Ethical Guidelines and Professional Standards
2. Establishing the Coaching Agreement

B. Co-creating the Relationship
3. Establishing Trust and Intimacy with the Client
4. Coaching Presence

C. Communicating Effectively
5. Active Listening
6. Powerful Questioning
7. Direct Communication

D. Facilitating Learning and Results
8. Creating Awareness
9. Designing Actions
10. Planning and Goal Setting
11. Managing Progress and Accountability

What would it be like to have someone regularly supporting you with all of these competencies?

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