I am frequently approached by many people who ask me about some the benefits of working with a life coach. You many also wonder what the specific role of the coach is, as well as some of the coaching issues, and some of the results you can expect to achieve by working with a life coach.
Clients who work with a professional life or business coach, who is experienced, have reported many benefits. One of the premier and well respected life coaching organizations (International Coaching Federation) conducted a study on why people work with coaches, and what benefits they received from working with a life coach.
Let’s begin by talking about some of the roles of the life coach and which roles were most important to the clients that they surveyed.
What do clients believe the major “Role of the Coach” is?
On the top of the list was having their coach as a sounding board to really empathize and listen to them without judgment, yet giving them honest objective feedback. As you read through the list you may find the percentages interesting from the study the ICF did.
- Sounding board: 84.8%
- Motivator: 78.1%
- Friend: 56.7%
- Mentor: 50.5%
- Business consultant: 46.7%
- Teacher: 41.0%
- Taskmaster: 30.5%
- Spiritual guide: 29.5%
- Other: 13.3%
What are the major “Coaching Issues” that clients turn to their life coach for?
Time management, career guidance, and business advice are the major coaching issues that clients look for help with. The areas of relationships, family, wellness and spirituality had lower percentages, but were still very significant to the clients that they surveyed.
- Time management: 80.5%
- Career: 74.3%
- Business: 73.8%
- Relationships/Family: 58.6%
- Physical/Wellness: 51.9%
- Spiritual: 51.0%
- Personal: 45.2%
- Goal-setting: 39.5%
- Financial: 38.1%
- Creativity: 11.0%
- Other: 01.4%
What are some of the “Results” of Working With a Coach?
The top four benefits that clients most often attribute to their coaching were in the areas of self-awareness, self-confidence, balance, goal-setting and reduced stress levels. As you can see from the list below, there are many of benefits of working with a life coach:
- Self-awareness: 67.6%
- Setting better goals: 62.4%
- More balanced life: 60.5%
- Lower stress levels: 57.1%
- Self-discovery: 52.9%
- Self-confidence: 52.4%
- Improvement in quality of life: 43.3%
- Enhanced communication skills: 39.5%
- Project completion: 35.7%
- Health or fitness improvement: 33.8%
- Better relationship w/ boss, co-workers: 33.3%
- Better family relationship(s): 33.3%
- Increased energy: 31.9%
- More fun: 31.9%
- More income: 25.7%
- Stopped a bad habit: 25.7%
- Change in career: 24.3%
- More free time: 22.9%
- Increased profitability of business: 17.1%
- Other: 15.3%
- Started new business: 12.9%
- Empowered employees: 11.0%
- Business turn around: 09.0%
- Change in residential location: 05.7%
What is the “Value” of The Coaching Investment?
According to the study conducted by the International Coaching Federation, 98.5% of coaching clients said their investment in a life coach was valuable and well worth the money that they had invested. Here is a breakdown of the specific percentages.
- 70% of clients said their investment in a coach was very valuable.
- 28.5% said their investment was valuable.
- 1.5% said their investment in a coach had not been valuable.
This article and overview of the evidence-based study conducted by the ICF should help to validate what the benefits of working with a life coach are. You can now feel confident that you have done your homework, and can make an educated decision about why working with a life coach is a priceless investment in yourself. Life coaching is an investment which will pay dividends for years to come. To schedule a FREE COACHING CONSULTATION or to obtain additional information about any of my services, please go to Benefits of Working with a Life Coach