This month’s blog focuses on the benefits of coaching for everyone involved in the process. If you’ve been considering a career-change, then read on for evidence of the positive impact coaching can have on individuals and on coaches. If you’re a manager or business owner, you’ll find reasons in this article to adopt a coaching approach to management. If you work in HR or L&D, this blog will provide the starting point for a business case to invest in coaching and coach training.
Benefits for individuals: Improved self-confidence, self-esteem and career prospects
The benefits of being coached are well documented, with individuals reporting increased self-confidence, improved work performance, better relationships, and more effective communication skills (see more of the benefits in my download here). In a professional context, individuals who are coached benefit from a constructive, confidential environment where they can explore different approaches to challenges they are facing, are involved in creating practical solutions and held accountable to make positive change through regular coaching sessions.
Benefits for coaches: Positive, happy clients / colleagues is very satisfying
For many people, having a positive impact on others is a key reason for training to be a coach, but your reasons don’t have to be entirely altruistic. The skills you learn when you train to be a coach will have a positive impact on your own life as well as the people you choose to coach. Being able to listen with curiosity, reflect with accuracy, question effectively and provide constructive feedback are skills that could transform your own work and home life. A career as a professional coach is also very flexible and can be arranged to suit your requirements.
Benefits for organisations: Coaching has a positive impact on results
The wider organisational benefits of encouraging a coach-led approach to management are also compelling. Training managers to be coaches helps them to:
- Listen effectively and actively
- Truly engage their team members
- Adopt an approach to improvement which builds upon the positive “what’s already working well” rather than starting from the negative “what’s wrong?” standpoint
- Reduce and eliminate the limiting beliefs of their team
- Champion and believe in the individuals in their team
Often these benefits are felt much wider than just directly by the individuals involved in the process. People who have been coached effectively report increased psychological well-being, are more productive and tend to adopt a similar approach when managing their own teams. A workforce that feels valued and engaged and is encouraged to approach problems with a fresh perspective, is likely to suffer less from attrition and be more able to cope with change in the fast paced environment we all inhabit today.
You might be considering coaching in a work context to get the most out of your team, thinking about a career change and looking into becoming a coach or looking for something to help give your business a competitive edge and to maximise your return on investment on training. See below a proposed learning pathway to explore the steps to becoming a professional/expert coach and download this month’s pdf (sign up below) for a summary of the business case and benefits of training yourself or members of your business in coaching skills.
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