Monday, May 27, 2013

The Role of Accountability in Group Coaching

Accountability is a key part of the coaching process, whether we are working with individuals, teams or groups. The ongoing nature of the coaching conversation, places an emphasis on goal setting, awareness, action and accountability.

The International Coach Federation (ICF) defines the core coaching competency of Managing Progress and Accountability as, " Managing Progress and Accountability—Ability to hold attention on what is important for the client, and to leave responsibility with the client to take action." You can view the ICF core competency definitions here.

What techniques can we use to create and support accountability within our groups? Coaches will want to consider the following:

1. What type of field work are you incorporating? What pre and post work will group (or team) members benefit from?
2. What will support the group (collectively and individually) in keeping their goals front and center?
3. How can  coaching requests, challenges and inquiries support the individual group members?
4. What role can peers play (in terms of support for accountability, goal setting etc)?

In a team and group coaching environment it is important to remember that shared accountability is as important as is accountability between coach and client. Do not underestimate the role that peers play in raising the bar and support of accountability.

What tips would you share about accountabiltity and coaching?

Have a great week,

Jennifer Britton, MES, PCC, CPCC
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1 comment:

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