Most people hire a coach because they want to, not because they need to. They are skilled, successful professionals who want to become even more skilled and successful at advancing their careers and managing their lives.
Coaches help clients facilitate change by providing one-on-one attention and focus. By listening deeply and asking powerful questions, coaches help clients identify the underlying issues that keep them from achieving their goals. These new insights often create the energy and inspiration clients need to move forward.
Unlike therapy, which often focuses on healing past trauma, coaching focuses on what clients can do in the present to get where they would like to be in the future. Coaching also differs from consulting. While consultants assess challenges and provide solutions, coaches create a structure that enables clients to find their own answers and become accountable for taking action.
Research shows that coaching has many benefits, including:
- Fresh perspectives on professional challenges
- Better decision-making skills
- Greater interpersonal effectiveness
- Increased confidence
According to the ICF Global Coaching Client Study conducted by PwC, 80% of respondents said coaching had improved their self-confidence, 72% said it improved their communication skills, 70% saw improvements in their work performance, and 67% reported greater work/life balance.