Group Coaching
The International Coach Federation defines group coaching as “Partnering with a group of individuals who share a common interest, learning experience, or skill where the coach and other group members offer support and inspiration to maximize individual abilities and potential”

“Thank you again for the opportunity to work with you. It has been such a valuable learning experience and has been some of the best professional learning that I have engaged in, and that is mostly due to you!” 
(Group Coaching participant, 2020)

“I was hesitant to be part of this to begin with but it was such a useful exercise. Thank you for your expertise and making it an enjoyable and valuable experience.” 
(Group Coaching participant, 2020)

“Thank you Julie for all of your time and support. It was a really valuable opportunity to be a part of.” 
(Group Coaching participant, 2020)

While leadership coaching is traditionally delivered one-to-one, there is increasing demand for group coaching programs. In group coaching each member is coached individually, taking turns during the coaching session. 

Group coaching is also a great follow-up to training and is a cost-effective way to support participants with the integration/application of new learning. 

Group coaching can take many forms, because it is shaped by the specific needs of the group. Some examples might include:

  • Online training in Influence and Impact for new team leaders in geographically diverse locations, with group coaching sessions held monthly over a period of 6-12 months.
  • An online program aimed at developing the skills to hold difficult conversations, with a mix of individual coaching calls and small group sessions held over several months.
  • A group coaching program on work-life integration for new parents who have recently returned to work within the one organisation, with ongoing in person sessions held over several months.

What makes group coaching so powerful is the opportunity to learn from peers and the collective wisdom of the group. 

A recent research study (‘The experience of executive group coaching – a qualitative study’, Gyllensten et al, International Coaching Psychology Review, Vol 15 No 1, Spring 2020) shows that there are four key benefits to group coaching:

 
  • Group engagement: even when one person is directly being coached, other group members are asked to reflect on their own leadership and provide input by asking questions or offering advice. 
  • Space for reflection and creativity: there are very few opportunities for reflection our daily lives. In group coaching participants have the chance to reflect – to consider what’s most important for their leadership and find new solutions. 
  • Taking different perspectives: the sharing of experience in group coaching can help people to view problems from different perspectives – to observe other styles and then experiment with new skills between sessions. 
  • Increased self-awareness and courage: reflective questions give participants an opportunity to explore their own thinking, intentions and values – to see new things in themselves and be more authentic in their leadership. 

For more information about group coaching programs please call me on 0410 403 607, or email [email protected]