Leadership, Career and Life Coaching Process

The coaching process helps people determine where they are currently, where they want to go and how they’re going to get there.  The focus includes goals for leadership development, career planning, and improving quality of work-life.

Building the Coaching Partnership

“In a team relationship, as in any relationship, we trust people because we are comfortable with both their character and competence.  By character, I mean our perception of another person’s motives, values, honesty, or moral fiber.  Competence, on the other hand, refers to the capability, knowledge, and skill of a team member in general, and specifically as it impacts his or her role” (Pat MacMillan).

People may decide to enter into a coaching agreement for a number of reasons. The fast-paced nature of our lives and careers dictates that disruption is here to stay. Whether we are struggling as a leader or dealing with an ineffective leader at work, coping with life’s challenges or a season of restlessness, coaching will help you discover your passions, create your vision and purpose, and chart your course forward.

The process starts with building trust between the individual being developed and the coach.  Before beginning the coaching process it is important for the individual being coached and the coach to mutually commit to the purpose, roles, responsibilities and expectations of the coaching relationship.  It’s important to build mutual trust into the coaching partnership.

Phases in the Coaching Process

The coaching process uses the following phases and steps to focus the personal and professional development process:

  1. Assess the Present

    • Clarify Values

    • Develop Personal Awareness

    • Determine Skills and Competencies

  2. Plan the Future

    • Create a Personal Vision

    • Build a Mission Statement

    • Plan Strategy

  3. Set and Achieve Goals

    • Implement Plans

    • Make Decisions

    • Evaluate Progress

    • Achieve Goals

 

Assess the Present

“Identify a set of values that can be used as criteria for making decisions and act as drivers of behavior” (Dr. Gerald Egan).

  • Clarify Values: Values define what’s important to us in life; they are beliefs that drive our decisions, anchor our lives and define us as individuals.  Clarifying values is the process of identifying, defining and prioritizing one’s core values. 

  • Develop Personal Awareness: Research concludes that people are most effective when they know themselves, recognize the demands of situations and adapt their behavior to the various situations.  Research also supports that individual differences can produce behaviors that can cause misunderstandings and less effective working relationships. 

  • Determine Skills and Competencies: Personal effectiveness is a result of an individual’s willingness and ability to accomplish tasks and to achieve goals.  This part of the assessment phase focuses on ability. Determining ones current skill set and competencies drives development planning.  These insights focus plans on the skills, competencies and experiences that need to be strengthened or minimized to achieve one’s personal & professional goals.

 

Plan the Future

“How will you know when you get there if you don’t know where you’re going?” (Rev. Paul Heal)

 

The purpose of this section is to apply the principles of strategic planning and goal setting to personal and professional development planning.  To accomplish this, the following principles build on the assessment phase:

  • Vision:  Create a vision of what you would like to be.

  • Mission:  State clearly your overall purpose, your reason for being and your identity.

  • Strategy:  Build plans to get you where you are going.

  • Goal Setting:  Write goals.  Written goals and action steps drive the achievement of desired outcomes and focus direction, effort, and persistence.

  • Measurement:  Measure achievement of milestones to let you know how you’re progressing and to make adjustments over time.

 

Set and Achieve Goals

Implementing development plans, making decisions and evaluating progress are the actions that gets one to their destination… and achievement of their goals.  LEADER Consulting Solutions provides the development, feedback, encouragement and support to help people achieve their goals.

 

“May he give you the desire of your heart and make all your plans succeed” (Psalm 20:4).

Please contact us to discuss your needs.

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