People are always asking me why they should work with a coach. They want to know what the benefits are and what it will be like to work with a coach. This question can be tough to answer because the experience is so unique to every client.
A recent study by the International Coach Federation (ICF) produced a number of interesting statistics about why coaching works. If you are thinking about working with a coach you should take a look at this infographic because the results of the study were persuasive. Trends in the data pointed to increased productivity, improved attitude and a significant return on investment.
This is why I believe everyone—especially leaders—should work with a coach. Here are three benefits you will experience by working with a coach.
- Coaching improves productivity - When you work with a coach you learn within your particular context. Coaching isn't like a training class or a consulting arrangement where you listen to the sage on the stage tell you the path to greatness. Coaches focus on maximizing your potential by asking powerful questions and helping you gain perspective on your situation. Coaching improves productivity because you are learning and doing simultaneously. The lessons you learn while working with a coach are immediately transferrable to the job and the majority of the learning occurs on the job. This has a compounding impact on your productivity and the productivity of those you lead. Just look at the statistics from ICF. 70% of the people who participated in the study reported that their work performance improved as a result of coaching.
- Coaching helps people build stronger working relationships - 73% of the ICF study participants reported that relationships improved as a result of coaching. Coaching helps people change harmful or destructive behaviors. Behaviors such as putting others down, arguing, outbursts, snarky comments, intolerance, negative talk, verbal aggression, and active disengagement are frequently practiced by well intentioned people under stress. When coaches work with clients they create a space where this stress can dissipate and positive behaviors can emerge.
- Coaching has an excellent return on investment - In a 2001 Manchester Review study, researcher reported that coaching has a 545% return on investment. The return on investment was high because coaching has a significant spillover effect. When leaders benefit from coaching, the lessons they learn tend to flow to others within their organization. When leaders learn, grow and adapt they inspire others to do the same. This leads to greater productivity and profitability.
So, how do you get started? Schedule a call with me to learn more about how coaching can help you.