The origins of coaching trace back to the 1940s, but it was only in the 1980s that the field came to stand on its own. In the last few years, coaching has become pervasive in our society.
Originally used in sports and organizations, coaching is no longer limited to Olympic athletes or executives of big organizations. More and more people are coming to understand that relying on a coach for guidance and feedback allows them to live successfully on their own terms.
Simultaneously, coaching programs and courses are stepping up and meeting higher demands and standards for training. Currently, coaches and aspiring coaches can pursue graduate degrees in coaching offered by universities in certain countries.
Coaching is a confidential and trust-based relationship between a client, who wants to:
- Improve a certain area of their life
- Optimize their performance and achieve certain goals
- Gain clarity and a clear course of action
- Resolve issues, preventing them from becoming full-blown problems,
And a qualified professional that:
- Trusts the client to find the answers to their questions
- Believes that change is possible and holds the client accountable for their actions
- Offers clarity and insight into current circumstances and the desired outcome
- Provides powerful assessments, questions, and tools that facilitate awareness and a sense of direction.
In sum, coaching is an ongoing process between two people (or more with group coaching), that draws on a foundation of trust to build awareness, skills and an action plan that allows the desired transformation to come to life.
It’s about bringing out the best in people and inspiring them to act on their potential.