Coaching has been described by many experts as being one of the fastest growing industries with this trend being seen worldwide. The general perception of coaching is a positive one, with many people particularly in the workplace experiencing executive coaching for personal development, empowerment and a greater awareness of their own and others emotional intelligence.
Organisations too are realising the measurable benefits that coaching can bring staff and the business. Recent studies show that coaching programmes can increase bottom line results, develop staff potential, improve skills and perception, engage, motivate staff and encourage better working relationships. In a survey 93% (ICF 2013) of coachees stated that they felt valued by the coaching experience. This is a strong indicator for businesses considering coaching and the impact that it could have on their staff, their feelings about job satisfaction and their motivation.
According to research, coaching has become a popular intervention which is forecast to continue to grow worldwide. Organisations committed to developing their staff through a coaching culture and programme, have seen significant and measurable improvements in individual and team behaviour, relationships and performance. It is always wise to set clear objectives at the start of any new programme so that the value can be measured and evaluated.
As an industry coaching is not currently regulated and there are no official standards or licences in certain countries, it is therefore relatively easy for anyone to call themselves a coach with not all coaches adhering to any standards or ethics. Accreditation and training through professional bodies is therefore highly important when selecting a coach or coach training company. If you are looking to be a coach or introduce coaching to your organisation, it is important to consider the qualifications, accreditation, experience and skills when selecting a trainer or coach. Recognised organisations that offer coaching accreditation are the Association for Coaching (AC), International Coaching Federation (ICF) and the European Mentoring and Coaching Council (EMCC). Coaching Direct is accredited by the AC with all Coaching Direct coach training courses accredited by the AC. Please note, to become an Accredited Coach in addition to training, you must also have coaching experience and then apply for personal accreditation. Be wary of any company offering you this on training alone!
Coaching is a rewarding profession, guiding people in a collaborative results-orientated process to facilitate the enhancement of work performance, self-directed learning and personal growth. If you are considering becoming part of this growing industry and becoming a coach, we can offer you accredited coach training. For more information about one of our accredited courses, check out the information here, our next courses will be held in Edinburgh and Glasgow from September 2015.