Choose an experienced, qualified coach.
Are you thinking of hiring a coach? Professional coaching brings many wonderful benefits, but please be aware.
Coaching is an unregulated industry. Anyone can call themselves an executive, leadership, development or business coach and there is no requirement for people practicing as a coach to have relevant qualifications.
It’s important you select a coach intentionally, mindfully and carefully.
Here’s a short checklist of pointers for you to consider when choosing a coach:
1. Check a coach’s experience and qualifications
Explore your options when choosing a coach. Of course it’s important that there is a good ‘fit’ between coach and coachee, but as coaches are in a hugely influential position, it’s vital that you check their qualifications, skills and experience as well as their personality. I highly recommend you engage an appropriately experienced, qualified coach.
Both appropriately qualified and experienced, I hold a Masters degree in Coaching Psychology from the University of Sydney, a Professional Certificate in Coaching from Henley Business School and have completed post-graduate specialisation in Growth Edge Coaching and Collective Leadership. I am also a credentialled member of the ICF (International Coaching Federation).
2. Does the coach use evidence-based development tools and methods?
When it comes to professional development, there are plenty of theories around what does and doesn’t work. This can make the end result somewhat ‘hit or miss’. Choosing a coach who takes an evidence-based approach means you can avoid speculation as to whether or not your coach knows what they’re talking about.
Because I am aware that different situations call for different approaches, as well as one-on-one excecutive coaching, I offer, and am certified to deliver, various coaching methodologies and assessments:
3. Check that there is a real need for coaching.
While coaching is beneficial in very many situations, I recommend considering the alternatives before engaging a coach. For example, would a trainer, mentor, or counsellor be a more appropriate fit?
Below are some downloads providing more in-depth information on what to look for when choosing a coach:
International Coaching Federation
Feeling Stuck? (PDF) – Short quiz to determine if coaching is right for your situation
About Coaching (PDF) – Brief overview on the benefits of coaching
Need Coaching? (PDF) – Comprehensive look at coaching types and benefits
Considerations When Choosing a Coach (PDF) – Coaching selection extract from the Standards Australia Handbook on Coaching in Organisations (2011).
Coaching is beneficial in so many circumstances, but as outlined please, do choose carefully before you engage your coach.
To find out which type of coaching will best suit your needs, please feel free to get in touch and we can have a no-obligation discussion about your requirements.