Rethinking the value of coaching!
After months of respite, I am happy to be writing on the CoachED blog! I promise I have not been lounging around enjoying balmy breezes and beautiful sunsets, although I do have those thoughts especially during the winter. Along with executive coaching, I am a Clinical Professor in the Educational Leadership Department at Kennesaw State University (KSU). Interestingly enough, is that the University and the Professional Standards Commission (PSC) understand the importance and value of coaching for leadership development. It is a requirement in the Ed.S program that every student in the Educational Leadership program have a coach. Beginning the fall of 2016, Masters students will be involved in group coaching as well. Students mention many times how beneficial coaching was for them both professionally as well as personally. Many of the students in the program continue the coaching process after they graduate from KSU.
What is the value of coaching? Why would an organization such as Kennesaw State University, the PSC, or organizations such as Google be willing to require, as well as invest time and money for coaching? Consider the following benefits of coaching and how it may help you, your staff, and your organization.
- Coaching brings out the best in individuals. Goals are achieved, strengths are enhanced, and new ways of utilizing skills takes place through the coaching process.
- Coaching provides opportunities for individuals to truly believe they can grow and change.
- Coaching creates safe relationships where one can receive honest feedback, take risks and celebrate accomplishments.