Philosophy Of Coaching

By Learning Forward
February 2015
Great coaching is an art. It involves skillfully asking questions and challenging assumptions. Coaching opens participants to changing the way they think about themselves, their leadership, and the opportunities they have to shape their own futures and the future of their schools. Coaching does not mean telling others what to do or how to solve their problems. It is not training. It is not being an empathetic friend. Coaching helps those being coached grow more confident and competent in leading and learning. Here is a sample of one coach’s philosophy of coaching. Use the form on p. 57 to develop your own philosophy of coaching. The values that guide my actions in coaching others:I care greatly about my coachee’s success. I will do whatever it

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The values that guide my actions in coaching others:
My beliefs about learning:
My purpose in coaching principals:
My hopes and aspirations for those I coach:
The things I need to learn to be more effective as a coach:
Source: Psencik, K. (2011). The coach’s craft: Powerful practices to support school leaders. Oxford, OH: Learning Forward.

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