Coaching skills create high performers

“A professional coach can be described as an expert in establishing a relationship with people in a series of conversations. The purpose is to help clients improve their performance or enhance their personal development (or both) – choosing their own goals and ways of doing it.”
International Coaching Federation

According to a study by the International Federation of Coaching (ICF):

  • 80% of people who receive coaching report increased self-confidence
  • over 70% benefit from improved work performance, relationships and more effective communication skills
  • 86% of companies report that they recouped their investment in coaching and more

As an ICF-accredited coach, I have witnessed these benefits and more with my own clients over the years. But one specific area where I see very strong and widespread benefits is teaching coaching skills to employees within an organisation.

These are not only leaders or managers – they may also be junior or frontline staff. In learning coaching skills, all staff can become more effective at goal setting and time management. They also learn to be better communicators so they can engage clearly and confidently with stakeholders.

Ultimately, this skill toolkit helps to boost productivity and performance in ways that feel natural to an individual and are therefore sustainable throughout their career.

Coaching skills courses

As a recent Harvard Business Review article stated: Leadership training shouldn’t be just for high performers.

15 members of the Forbes Coaching Council also recently discussed how organisations can harness coaching to develop high performing teams.

Having seen these results first-hand, I have developed a series of courses that focus on cultivating coaching skills within the workplace. My Coaching Skills for Leaders training program has been accredited by the ICF. Participants will be awarded 10 ICF core competency Continuing Coach Education Units.

This course runs for 2 days or 8 x 1.5hr training sessions, and can be delivered in-house or online (depending on group numbers and preference).

A sample of the outcomes include:

  • Learning how a coaching mindset enhances productivity
  • Acquiring proven coaching skills to apply at work
  • Discovering the power of coaching to uplift others
  • Developing the skills to use feedback effectively
  • Understanding the neuroscience of trust
  • Creating a personal action plan

I also offer a shorter Coaching in the Workplace course which is delivered over 1 day or via 5 x 1hr training sessions in-house or online. Participants learn key skills such as embodying a coaching mindset, effective communication, and action planning to give them the tools to thrive at work and help others thrive.

To learn more or register, email me at

Choose your coach wisely

If you are keen to start building coaching skills in your organisation, it’s important to note that who you select to deliver the training is important.

These days, almost anyone can call themselves a coach. And it’s difficult to know if their practices are evidence-based and will align with the gold standard in coaching core competencies.

The best way to guard against this is to partner with a coach who is qualified, credentialed and held to strict standards. This is why I became an ICF-credentialed coach and obtained accreditation for my two-day coaching skills course. I go to great lengths to maintain my credential while actively educating myself on new, proven coaching methodologies.

Here is a small sample of feedback from participants of Kim Vella Coaching workshops…

“Kim had great subject matter expertise and provided really useful processes to take away from this course. Thanks, Kim.”

“Very insightful. Made me re-evaluate my leadership practices. Provided a number of tools to utilise on a personal and professional level.”

“I like that Kim allows for discussion on each topic and really unpacks conversations. I found the discussions very valuable.”

To see more feedback or case studies on course delivery and outcomes, or to learn more about building coaching skills in your organisation, simply contact me.

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