Internal Coaching and Benefits for Coaches

Internal coaching in organizations creates many wonderful benefits. According to the 2009 International Coach Federation (ICF) Global Coaching Client Study, companies that use or have used professional coaching for business reasons have seen a median return on investment of seven times their initial investment. Individual clients reported a median return on investment of 3.44 times their investment. The most important topic of internal coaching is starting to qualify experts as coaches and showing what they can benefit from coaching. The article focuses on benefits of internal coaching for coaches.

Organizations which invest in coaching build collaborative work environment. Sharing culture within their operations brings experts together. Coaching gives the opportunity to all parties to learn in terms of sharing knowledge, skills and experience. Employees can be acquired to take over additional responsibilities in more complex projects that they are used to. So, with coaching methods they can be specifically developed and promoted within the company.

When an expert takes an additional role by becoming a coach, it makes him/her more effective in work environment. There are several reasons: First of all, experts with a coach role contribute to the company’s overall success by involving development of other experts. In addition to the excellent specialist skills, a high degree of empathy is needed from  coaches which is important for the success of coaching. When helping other colleagues to develop and grow, coaches gain experience in guiding of people. They have the chance to reflect themselves and improve their communication skills. Coaching conversation skills not only help for coaching sessions but also for building better relationships at work with other colleagues. Furthermore, coaches learn questioning and feedback techniques in practice and transfer their knowledge by structuring others thinking. Last but not least, as coaches they also receive regular feedback from coachees.

Most importantly, I believe that you cannot force someone to do coaching. It  develops naturally with a person’s own enthusiasm. If you like to see others grow, pass on your knowledge to a junior colleague and be a role model by inspiring them, then a coach role is right thing for you!

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