A [Brief] Overview of Coaching

Coaching Overview

What is Coaching?

Coaching is defined by its practice and its results. Coaching is ‘a series of intentional conversations that empower a person or group to fully live out their calling’ – Dr Keith E. Webb. The International Coach Federation (ICF), has 11 Coaching Core Competencies that all professional coaches will take into practice, whether they are a Life, Business, Leadership, Communication, Career or any other type of coach.

Some characteristics of a coach include:

  • Coaches don’t talk, they listen.
  • Coaches don’t give information, they ask questions.
  • Coaches don’t offer ideas, they generate ideas from clients.
  • Coaches don’t share their story, they tap into the client’s experience.
  • Coaches don’t present solutions, they expand the client’s thinking.
  • Coaches don’t give recommendations, they empower clients to choose.

The Difference Between a Life Coach and a Executive Coach

Let’s take a look at two different types of coaching and how they differ. Life Coaching is focused on personal needs: helping a person with personal life challenges. Executive coaching, on the other hand, looks at professional development: helping a person look at how they can be more effective in a work role.

Life Coaching topics may include:

  • Making significant personal changes.
  • Improving relationships.
  • Finding meaning.
  • Making important decisions.
  • Growing spiritually.
  • Becoming financially more stable.
  • Making a bigger impact on the world.
  • Reducing stress.
  • Addressing transitions in family, location, and employment.

Some Executive Coaching topics include:

  • Self-awareness
  • Interpersonal relationships, listening skills, and empathy
  • Leading during times of change
  • Communication skills
  • Motivation and engagement, leading with vision, and purpose
  • Strategy and strategic thinking
  • Working with uncertainty and ambiguity; decision skills
  • Mentoring, developing internal talent, succession

*Article compliments Dries Lombaard – http://strengthsynergy.co.za/. You can find Dries on the Sterkla App here https://bit.ly/3iOMmQc (You must have registered on the Sterkla App to view).


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