Does Coaching Work?

February 10, 2014 Kim Rogers

Does Coaching WorkWhether coaching works is a question I get asked all the time as a coach and the head of leadership coaching for Knightsbridge Human Capital Solutions. 

I have personally witnessed the power of coaching time and again, and a recently published article in the Journal of Positive Psychology provides empirical evidence of its impact. 

In the article, Theeboom, Beersma and van Vianen show that coaching is indeed an effective tool for improving the functioning of individuals within organizations.

People who experience coaching benefit from:

  • Increased performance
  • Improved well-being, health and resilience
  • Improved ability to deal with job stressors
  • Increased level of job satisfaction and commitment to their organizations
  • Enhanced ability to set and strive for goals
  • Improved leadership behaviours needed for their organization to be effective.

Coaching does work!

I frequently get asked a second and even more intriguing question—how does it work?

Over the next year, I will post a series of blogs to address this very question. I will share the experiences and insights I have gathered over my 15 years of coaching leaders and look at how to set up coaching engagements and coaching programs to ensure success.

We'll explore:

  • How do you know if a leader is “coachable”?
  • What is the difference between coaching and therapy?
  • What is the difference between a powerful coaching conversation and a good discussion?
  • When should you pull the plug on a coaching engagement?
  • What is the role of the coachee’s boss during the coaching engagement?
  • How do you build a roster of strong, proven coaches?

My hope is that these posts will answer the questions leaders have when they contemplate coaching for themselves or for one of their team members.  I also hope corporate decision makers who are responsible for buying coaching services or implementing internal coaching programs will find these blogs informative.  Please share your comments and questions with me.  I’m looking forward to our dialogue!

About the Author

Kim Rogers

Kim Rogers is the National Director of Leader Effectiveness and a Senior Consultant with Lee Hecht Harrison Knightsbridge. Kim’s focus is on helping maximize individual, team and organizational performance. She is a trained assessor and certified coach who takes great pride in working with senior leaders as they strive for their professional and personal goals.

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