There are many benefits to using a coaching approach. For individuals, coaching can be an empowering experience due to the practice of answers being sought from within.
• Direction of travel
• Supporting people through change
• Having elements of control on the way forward
• Creativity and exploration
• Satisfaction within role
• Sense of belonging
• Feeling of their best them
For organisations they are equally many benefits to coaching which can benefit the organisation over the short and long term.
The University of Leicester uses coaching to benefit individuals and the organisations performance as it is thought that;
• It develops leaders and brings out their unique talents
• It is learner-initiated and learner-led, so there is better personal ownership
• It works on two levels- we solve our immediate issue and learn how to address future issues
• It can be done pretty much anywhere and on demand
• It is non-hierarchical. Anyone can coach anyone irrespective of grade
• It is not job-specific. Anyone can coach anyone irrespective of ‘job family
• Coaching helps draw out our potential and – through sharing ideas and experiences with a coach – we generate learning for ourselves about leadership (and about our other challenges).
(Claire Nichols University of Leicester – February 2018)