How professional coaching can enhance the quality of life

Achievement of quality of life can come in many ways, and one path we know to be helpful is partnering with a professional coach to address quality of life goals, such as career and finances; health and fitness; communication and relationships; or work/life balance,” said 2010 ICF

In fact, the 2009 ICF Global Coaching Client Study, conducted by PricewaterhouseCoopers and Association Resource Centre Inc., showed that coaching is having a positive impact in client’s goal areas, and even other areas that aren’t primary objectives. Four in five respondents (80 percent) reported a positive change in self-esteem/self confidence as a result of coaching*. The study showed that a significant majority of clients also experienced a positive impact in relationships, communication skills, interpersonal skills, work performance, and work-life balance, as a result of partnering with a professional coach.

With their goals being met through coaching, 83 percent of coaching clients surveyed reported they were “very satisfied” with their coaching experience and an impressive 96 percent said they would repeat their coaching experience, given the same circumstances which initially led them to a coach.

ICF defines coaching as partnering with clients in a thought-provoking and creative process that inspires them to maximize their personal and professional potential. Coaching is a distinct service and differs greatly from therapy, consulting, mentoring or training. Individuals who engage in a coaching relationship can expect to experience fresh perspectives on personal challenges and opportunities, enhanced thinking and decision-making skills, enhanced interpersonal effectiveness, and increased confidence in carrying out their chosen work and life roles.

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