One of the key coaching principles we explore in my coach training programs is centered around believing that the coachee is resourceful and has the necessary knowledge and experience. This belief is fundamental to building a trusting relationship with the coachee and ‘creating the conditions’ for the coaching relationship to be successful.
The International Coach Federation (ICF) defines coaching as “partnering with clients in a thought-provoking and creative process” where “coaches honour the coachee as the expert in his or her life and work and believe every client is creative, resourceful and whole.”
In 2012, Sandra McDowell, a certified coach and Vice-President of Communications and Culture at First Credit Union, shared her belief that coaching is about holding people capable with me. This was an impactful insight for me and enhanced and influenced my own coaching philosophy – and today I share it with others.
Asking open-ended discovery questions like “what are your ideas?” not only gets the coachee thinking, it also empowers and demonstrates that you believe in the coachee as capable of developing solutions, transferring ownership to the coachee for action.
” … the true art of questioning is to discover what the (person) knows or is capable of knowing.” Albert Einstein
Hold people capable!
Shana Ring is a Professional Certified Coach (PCC), President of Destination Leadership, and Founder of the EXPEDITION Coaching Program. She focuses on providing leadership coaching, coaching training, and consulting in the area of coaching and culture change, succession planning, leadership development and organizational effectiveness.