Applying Theoretical Models Of Coaching For Success
The essence of person centered counseling is the belief that, given the time and space to do so, the individual will find their own solutions (Rowan, 1988). The role of the Counselor is to facilitate the individual’s personal growth through being “genuinely there” for the individual, by holding the individual in unconditional positive regard and through empathetic understanding established through active listening (Rogers, 1961) The benefit of the use of this model in coaching is that it informs the way the coach listens empathetically and without judgement to enhance the individuals awareness and to help them to find their own solutions.
Experiential learning provides the framework with which I facilitate clients to take responsibility for their own learning, to set their own goals and devise their own strategies for change. Kolb (1984) observes that all leaning involves four phases which follow each other on a “Learning Cycle” of interpreting, reviewing, concluding and experimenting. Experience must be reflected upon, conclusions drawn, tried out and practiced, for learning to take place – there must be a link between theory and action. The benefit of the use of this model in coaching is that it provides structure to support the individual to reflect on their experiences and experiment with these in new situations. Self directed learning is further supported through preparation, feedback, record keeping, review and evaluation at appropriate stages in the coaching process.