Coaching For Leaders Origins And Business Discipline Coaching Significance

Coaching For Leaders Origins And Business Discipline Coaching Significance

Coaching for leaders represents the type of training and guidance focused on helping individuals go from where they are, to where they want themselves to be. What is significantly different between business discipline coaching and mentoring is that the first puts a lot of focus upon competence specifics, rather than general overall development.

The President of an international coach organization (the International Coach Federation, to be more precise), Janet Harvey has provided a valuable insight about the practice of life or business discipline coaching. She talked in a New York Times article about the origins of coaching for leaders, tracing them back to the 1970’s, to Werner Erhard’s teachings or ‘EST Training’.

Professional coaching uses a wide range of communication skills (such as targeted restatements, listening, questioning, clarifying etc.) to help clients shift their perspectives and thereby discover different solutions to achieve their goals’ (‘Coaching Understood’ London Sage, 2013, Cox. E). What can be added is the fact that coaching can not only help us achieve material success, but also develop a personal sense of meaning, achieve personal satisfaction that cannot be found unless we free ourselves from habits of the mind. For that we need a 3rd person, a witness that can point us to our blind spots and help us change destructive thinking patterns that lead to counterproductive actions. Coaching is, in a way, a ‘form of meta-profession’ that can apply to supporting clients in any human endeavor, ranging from their concerns in personal, professional, sport, social, family, political, spiritual dimensions etc.’ (Wikipedia, ‘Coaching’)

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