The Principles of Coaching

Clarity around the principles of coaching is integral in co-creating the coaching engagement, the quality of the coaching relationship and subsequent success of the coaching outcome.

Timothy Gallwey the founder of the Inner Game and widely acknowledged as the godfather of the current coaching movement described coaching as “unlocking a person’s potential to maximize their own performance. It is helping them to learn rather than teaching them”.

Coaching is not teaching or advising, as the focus of teaching and advising is to impart knowledge and information, typically a one way communication process.

Mentoring and coaching are often closely associated. The role of the mentor is to build capability, and the role of the coach is to guide the realisation of potential and enhance individual and organisational performance.

Professor David Clutterbuck, an acclaimed and respected author on leadership, coaching and mentoring  proposed that “A mentor is a more experienced individual willing to share knowledge with someone less experienced in a relationship of mutual trust”.

Coaching is not counselling. Coaching focuses on increasing performance, focuses on goal setting, whereas counselling addresses personal or professional issues that are impacting on an individuals and / or other’s lives.

If you or someone you know are experiencing personal challenges, there are a number of useful resources to raise increased awareness and understanding around mental health challenges and provide guidance around some helpful strategies.