Mentoring / Coaching

Introduction to the Coaching Profession

What is coaching?

There are perhaps as many different definitions of coaching as there are coaches practicing the art. This speaks to the variety and diversity of perspectives pertaining to coaching.

Coaching at a glance: (Common definitions)

  • A coach transports a valued person from where they are to where they want to be. -old Webster


  • A coach is a trusted role model, adviser, wise person, friend, steward, or guide – who works with emerging human and organizational forces to tap new energy and purpose, to shape new visions and plans, and to generate desired results. The coach is someone trained and devoted to guiding others into increased competence, commitment and confidence. (Frederic Hudson, in Handbook of Coaching)


  • The process of equipping people with the tools, knowledge and opportunities they need to develop themselves and become more effective (David Peterson, 1996)


  • A pragmatic approach to help people manage their acquisition or improvement of skills’ and can be either ‘directive or non-directive (David Clutterbuck, 1998)


  • A collaborative solution-focused, results-orientated and systematic process in which the coach facilitates the enhancement of performance, life experience, self-directed learning and personal growth of individuals and organizations (Anthony Grant, 2006)


  • Executive coaching is one-on-one, relationship based, methodology based, provided by a professional coach, scheduled in multiple sessions over time, goal-oriented for both individual and organizational benefit, customized to the person, and intended to enhance the person’s ability to learn and develop independently (David Peterson, 2010)


  • The facilitation of learning and development with the purpose of improving performance and enhancing effective action, goals achievement, and personal satisfaction (Peter Bluckert, 2006)


  • Coaching is a change process that mobilizes the strengths and realizes the potential of an individual or an organization (IC, 2010)


  • Unlocking a person’s potential to maximize his or her own performance. It is helping them to learn rather than teaching them. -Center for Creative Leadership



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