Your Coaching Philosophy forms an integral part of you as a coach.
Not having a coaching philosophy can cause detrimental effects on your practice, and your growth as a coach. You could lose clients, you could lose focus, and you could lose direction.
But what is a coaching philosophy, and why do you need yours? More importantly, how do you go about creating and implementing it?
In this video guide, we explore all these topics, and more. Read on!
What Is A Coaching Philosophy?
A coaching philosophy is a core set of beliefs, values and ideas that a coach has around how transformation is created in his/her clients.
For example, if you are a life coach, you may have the foundational belief that transformation is possible only when your clients look at their life holistically, and not at just one aspect. As a health coach, you may have the belief that your clients need to focus on nutrition as much as on fitness, in order to grow in health and wellbeing.
This concept of having a set of beliefs and ideas which forms someone’s coaching philosophy, originally started years back with football coaches. Football coaches were hired taking into account the kind of philosophy they had.
It has remained similar today in the context of life coaching, executive coaching, business coaching, health coaching, and more.
Why Do You Need A Coaching Philosophy?
The basis for having a philosophy is that it helps inform the client on what they can expect from your coaching. It brings clarity to the conversation, and sets clear expectations.
Lack of clarity is the number one reason why coaching fails, and why you need a coaching philosophy.
This lack of clarity may…
- make it harder for clients to enroll with you;
- create conflict of values between you and your client;
- and hold your client back from following through with your coaching;
By bringing clarity on the table, you can confidently inform your clients about what outcomes they can expect from you. Clients find it a lot more acceptable to work with someone they can connect with, and understand.
How To Create A Coaching Philosophy?
Now that we have understood what a coaching philosophy is, and why it is so needed for your coaching practice, lets deep dive into how you can actually create one!
There are three different ways to go about doing this:
1. Follow Your Own Philosophy
If you are an experienced coach, this should be easy for you. Use your vast array of experience to craft the basis of your philosophy. Top it up with deep research in your field of coaching. Come up with a philosophy that you are already acquainted with, that will now have a more defined and consolidated edge.
2. Borrow An Existing Philosophy
If you are a new coach, such as someone who’s just starting on your journey, you could borrow a coaching philosophy from successful master coaches. Borrowing an already successful philosophy gives you a foundational stage to launch from.
For example, in our 4-month business coaching certification, we enable our students to adopt a highly successful philosophy that was created by Evercoach Founder Ajit Nawalkha, and tested over many years. This philosophy is based on the Coach-Consultant Approach which stems from the idea that successful business coaching is a combination of great coaching and strategic consulting.
3. Create A New Philosophy
This is the most interesting stage. Once you grow in experience and knowledge, you could create your own philosophy. Merge your experience and research, with the tools of borrowed philosophy. Create something that is truly unique and your own.
Finally, How Do You Implement Your Philosophy?
The secret to implementing your philosophy successfully is to have an open outlook towards it.
Your philosophy needs to be adaptive to different situations and changing environments.
Even though your philosophy is deeply rooted in a set of values and beliefs, it has to adapt and update as you grow as a coach.
Most situations can be tackled with strong coaching. And your coaching philosophy informs your client thus setting the tone and tune for your work together.
But as you grow as a coach, your philosophy also has to constantly grow and upgrade.