What are the different types of coaching?

Executive or Leadership Coaching

Executive coaching focuses on the senior levels in organisations and works on the whole leadership and strategic agenda. It provides space and time for senior leaders to explore key issues around personal development and change.

Individual performance Coaching

This is primarily concerned with improving individual performance and facilitating personal development. It can work with people at any level in the organisation and will normally reflect the constraints placed on an individual or group by the context of the organisation they are working within.

Individual Life Coaching

This form of coaching provides support to individuals who want to make some significant change in their lives not necessarily in a work context. The coach helps individuals to explore what they want in life and how they might achieve their aspirations and fulfill their needs.

Team Coaching

Like individual coaching, team coaching focuses on improving performance but for a whole team. It can be a powerful approach because it is an ongoing flexible process rather than a 'one off' team development event. The whole team can be involved in setting the agenda and working on common objectives which helps to strengthen working relationships.

There are overlaps between the different types of coaching but there are a broad range of issues which can be addressed through coaching including:

  • improving performance
  • working or personal relationships
  • conflict
  • career aspirations
  • understanding organisational culture
  • change and transition
  • personal and professional development
  • increasing influence
  • work/life balance
  • change of direction
  • team dynamics

Whatever coaching approach you are looking for it is important to ensure that a coach has the relevant training and experience to address your particular issues and can add value to the process.