The Importance of Coaching in an Organisation

By Kara Boyce, Senior Certified Professional Coach & HR Professional

Coaching continues to be a growing discipline. A number of studies have been undertaken in recent years that clearly indicate the worth, efficacy, and influence of coaching in a variety of circumstances.

The International Coaching Federation defines coaching as partnering with clients in a thought-provoking and creative process that inspires them to maximize their personal and professional potential. The process of coaching often unlocks previously untapped sources of imagination, productivity and leadership.

We all have goals we want to achieve, obstacles we want to overcome, and times when we feel stuck. Working with a coach can transform your life and put you on the path to greater personal and professional fulfillment.

The same is true within organisations. In an article by Forbes, Dr. Brown shared on the notion that emotions and stress from personal challenges can easily be carried into the workplace. As a result of this, performance maybe hindered. Therefore, integrating the benefits of coaching into any organisation, is one way to support employees on their path to professional achievement.

You may have read several articles or listened to many podcasts on the shift from Management to Leadership. There is another shift taking place and it’s called coaching. Whilst it may be argued that both leadership and coaching go hand in hand, there is still a need to be distinctive with the principles of coaching. The visual below from Harvard Business Review depicts the importance of having performance coaches within your organisation. Ultimately, this approach creates accountability through partnership.

If you ask 100 employees whether they would like the opportunity to learn from a coach or a mentor, more than 50% may say yes. Some may say it depends on the coach. However, there is a general willingness to grow and develop; to reduce mistakes and inefficiencies; and most importantly to feel a level of satisfaction within oneself for a job well done.

This is what coaching within an organisation can provide to employees. Other benefits include, but are not limited to: individuals are empowered and encouraged to take responsibility; increased employee and staff engagement; improved individual performance; aids in the identification of organizational and individual strengths and development opportunities; encourages and empowers individuals to achieve success; and, demonstrates the organization’s dedication to human resource development.

It is therefore encouraged that you start to integrate coaching as a tool into your organisation. There are many ways that you can achieve this, whether its by utilizing external coaches such as the professionals at Impact Coaching International or equipping internal coaches to create a unique culture of your own. The latter further fosters a culture of coaching and we would also be happy to support you in this area.

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