Individual coaching: What are the responsibilities for the various stakeholders?
Léa Zolli Durand
Léa Zolli Durand

Individual coaching: What are the responsibilities for the various stakeholders?

Why is the concept of responsible individual coaching being discussed? The method used by Talentis in terms of individual coaching is based on conscientious support for the coach, the coachee and the organization towards a responsible mutual commitment. This approach is characterized by the sharing of responsibilities between all parties involved in the personal development process. Everyone, whether the coach, the coachee, or the organization, plays a crucial role in this growth dynamic, thus adopting a position of collective responsibility. It is this shared responsibility that characterizes our responsible coaching approach.

What are the responsibilities of the individual coaching coach?

When we talk about responsibility in this context, what are we talking about? Let's start with the role of the coach. The latter has several responsibilities: towards the coachee, the organization and himself.

The coach's responsibility towards the coachee

With respect to the coachee, he is committed to creating an environment conducive to success. This means recognizing your own limitations and, if necessary, admitting that you are not in the best position to meet the specific needs of the coachee, thus ensuring a match between your skills and the expectations of the coachee. Being responsible also means providing tailor-made support that is optimal in terms of content, duration and method, precisely meeting the client's objectives in accordance with ethics and confidentiality. This responsible approach ensures an individual coaching experience of the highest quality, respectful of the needs and values of each party involved.

The coach's responsibility towards the organization

The coach also has responsibilities towards the organization, and his first responsibility is to maintain the framework. And what does it mean to hold the frame? It means being the guarantor of the coaching contract between the various stakeholders. Maintaining the framework also means that the coach must not agree to support his coachee in goals that would go beyond the framework of this approach. And finally, vis-à-vis the organization, the coach also has a duty to alert in case of repeated non-presence, for example, of the coachee during sessions or alert to report a possible problem of exhaustion that the coach could notice in his coachee.

The coach's responsibility towards himself

Beyond the coachee and the organization, the coach himself plays an essential role in the individual coaching process. He is the guardian of his own integrity, ensuring his personal well-being, his energy, his continuing education, and his supervision. A serious commitment to coaching requires rigorous preparation: it is not enough to be adequately trained and to benefit from constant supervision, but it is also crucial to maintain an optimal level of energy and a total presence. This allows the coach to effectively support his coachee, to prepare and conclude the sessions appropriately, to develop a coherent action plan and to establish a clear roadmap for future sessions. These responsibilities towards himself ensure that the coach is not only prepared to support his coachee with the greatest effectiveness, but also that he is committed to an ethical and professional individual coaching approach.

What are the responsibilities of the organization?

In our exploration of the dynamics of individual coaching, we have so far highlighted the responsibilities of the coach. However, the organization also plays a key role in facilitating the coachee's journey. It is his responsibility to create an environment conducive to the development of the coachee, in particular by giving him the necessary time, by supporting him throughout his journey and between sessions. The organization, being in regular contact with the coachee, must be honest and transparent, avoiding any hidden agenda that could, for example, direct the coachee towards an unwanted departure or change of position. These responsibilities highlight the importance of the organization's commitment to the success of the individual coaching process.

What are the responsibilities of the coachee?

To conclude, the coachees themselves occupy a central position in their development, sharing the responsibility for their progress with the coach and the organization. They must be actively involved in the process, allowing themselves the time needed to fully engage in the process. The coaching project is above all theirs, not that of the coach. That means taking the initiative to focus on the process, challenging yourself, and working actively between sessions. This self-empowerment is crucial not only towards themselves, but also towards the other actors involved, thus ensuring effective synergy and successful personal development.

At Talentis, we are careful to ensure that the various coaching approaches that we offer to our clients and that we deliver to our coachees are responsible coaching. What motivates us and what pushes us to do our job every day is to work on the responsibility of leaders and to make tomorrow's leaders who are even more responsible for companies that are always more responsible.

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