Broadly speaking, Coaching is all about humans helping other humans get better at practically anything. A classic example is how good Coaches produce champion sportspersons. Coaching (in the context of leadership, management or business) differs from other professions like mentoring or consulting as the Coach relies on his skills of active listening and powerful questioning to ask for the solution (instead of providing it).
According to the Neuro Leadership Institute, Coaching is facilitating positive change by improving thinking. The International Coach Federation (ICF) defines Coaching as ” An interactive process to help individuals and organizations develop more rapidly and produce more satisfying results; improving others’ abilities to set goals, take action, make better decisions and make full use of their natural strengths”.
Marshall Goldsmith says that Executive Coaching enables leaders to lead/ behave more effectively, through positive behaviour change that is sustained, recognized and acknowledged by others. In other words, Coaching bridges the gap between learning or knowing and doing ie, it helps translate knowledge into action and results. It accelerates leadership growth on the job.
“A good Coach can change a game, a great Coach can change your life”