Do you know what is Coaching? It’s a term that’s widely used, but what does it mean? Let’s explore what is coaching in this article.
There are many definitions of coaching. Essentially coaching is a process in which a person called a coach supports a learner or client in bridging the gap between where they are now to where they’d like to be.
At the heart of coaching is trust. The trust is an understanding that the client is both creative, resourceful and an expert in their own life.
In a coaching relationship, the client is recognised as best positioned to know the answers to every question or challenge that they may have. Even if those answers seem to be obscured or concealed within.
The ICF defines coaching as “partnering with clients in a thought-provoking and creative process that inspires them to maximise their personal and professional potential.“
A coach in their sessions with their client helps them to be more effective by:
- Helping develop their awareness with powerful questions so they can gain clarity on what they truly want
- Helping create a plan of action with practical steps they need to take
- Creating a space where the client feels supported through any obstacles or challenges
- Presenting the client with techniques, strategies or tools to help them achieve their goals
- Helping to hold the client accountable to their agreed plan of action
It’s important to note that every client will be different. They think, feel and act in completely different ways. Therefore with experience, coaches learn to go beyond simply using structured techniques and strategies that might be learnt in any course.
Great coaches help the client to tune into their own intuitive wisdom and help them to bring about discoveries and insights in themselves to realise their true potential.