Certain coaching styles my work better for some goals than others; some styles work better with certain personality types.
Also know as autocratic coaching – is almost like teaching. The coach tells the client what to do, as in how to use a new technique or when to use it. This coaching style is generally used in sports, the forces and businesses. In general life coaching situations a softer coaching approach is used to encourage a coachee.
Democratic coaching encourages the coachee to adopt a ‘self-coaching’ attitude. The coach’s role in this process is to allow the client to suggest ways of how they may reach them.
Holistic coaching looks at the client as a whole. This ensures that when one problem is addressed all the things around it are also worked on. The concept is that everything sits in a web of interconnected causes and effects. There by changing one there will be knock-on effect. Holistic coaches tend to look at a clients’ whole life and encourages: greater sense of purpose, a healthier mind and body, calmer disposition and more satisfaction with life in general.
Based on the idea that coaches should focus on the 3 ‘Ds’.
Debugging – a technique to remove anything standing in the way of future development.
Direction – setting and agreeing to certain objectives.
Development – the learning and changes made by the client as they work towards their objectives.
Solution-focused coaching will question a client about their goals in order to clarify:
• what they really want
• how are they going to get there
• what happens once they do get there
Then focus only on the solutions to get there.
(Really part of Solution-focused coaching)
The concept of vision coaching is; the more we focus our minds on a visualisation of an outcome the more likely we are to achieve it.
The process of visualisation prepares the mind and body for the task just as any rehearsal does. As we can see our self completing the task feelings of doubt are greatly reduced.
Meditation and Mindfulness coaching
Many businesses are hiring meditation and mindfulness coaches to help employees become calmer and gain a heightened state of awareness of the self and of the world. The basic premises are to: develop better relationships, be less stressed, increase concentration and have a healthier work/life balance.
There are other many other Coaching styles but these are the most common.