What is Management / Leadership Coaching?
Coaching is a collaborative relationship between coach and client that facilitates the process of change to achieve outcomes that indicate professional effectiveness, fulfillment and satisfaction. The coach is often termed the “catalyst” that partners with a client in the process of transformation and professional development that is unique to the needs of the client. A coach has acquired specialized training from a recognized Accredited Coaching Institute or Professional School. In addition to coach specific training, a coach’s background and expertise in other areas often compliments their coaching style and uniqueness. A Coach practices within professional guidelines and ethics utilizing acquired skills and knowledge with regard to core competencies, values, models and principles.
Coaching focuses on what the client is presenting with today and leveraging areas of confidence. strength and insight to successfully shift toward desirable future-oriented goals or improved state of performance. Coaches work with individuals and teams who are prepared to commit to the process of ‘conviction’ and ‘commitment’ to act in their best interest in order to impact the quality of their professional lives or work environments.
How Coaching Works?
The client (individual or organization) contracts with a coach for a specified period of time (typically a minimum of 3 – 6 months) where in a relationship is established. Through a process of questioning or discovery the coach works with the client toward specific and agreed to goals, action plans with an accountability framework, progress monitoring and follow-up until such time as the goals are achieved. In general, clients meet with their coach 3-4 times per month for 30-60-90 minute sessions. Sessions generally occur in-person, by phone or tele-coaching technology.
International Coach Federation
Ron is an active member of the International and Local Chapters of the ICF. The ICF is the leading global organization, with over 17,000 members, dedicated to advancing the coaching profession by setting high professional standards, providing independent certification, and building a network of credentialed coaches. They exist to support and advance the coaching profession through programs and standards supported by their members and to be an authoritative source on coaching information and research for the public. Learn more at http://www.coachfederation.org/
The ICF’s Answer to “What is Coaching?”
They define coaching as partnering with clients in a thought-provoking and creative process that inspires them to maximize their personal and professional potential.