In the first blog of this series, we reviewed the additional points of skill from ICF’s Team Coaching Competencies. Continue here with competencies 2 and 3.
Competency 2: Embodies a Coaching Mindset
+ Engages in coaching supervision for support, development, and accountability when needed.
+ Remains objective and aware of team dynamics and patterns
What this means:
- Coaches are committed to our own ongoing development and having a reflective practice. The added thought here is that coaching supervision is a sounding board focused on the coaching, taking the reflective practice deeper.
- Team coaching involves dealing with a variety of personalities and agendas plus the reality of corporate politics. A high-level of skill as coach directly impacts efficacy. For team coaching this means learning about teams. It means being prepared to notice what is happening with the individuals and the interactions.
Competency 3: Establishes and Maintains Agreements
+ Explains what team coaching is and is not, including how it differs from other team development modalities.
+ Partners with all relevant parties, including the team leader, team members, stakeholders, and any co-coaches to collaboratively create clear agreements about the coaching relationship, processes, plans, development modalities, and goals.
+ Partners with the team leader to determine how ownership of the coaching process will be shared among the coach, leader, and team.
What this means:
- These additional areas focus on the formal agreement stage of coaching agreements and incorporate the many people involved in setting up the team coaching.
Embodies a Coaching Mindset was added to the coaching competencies at the end of 2019 and required as of 2021. At the Center for Coaching Certification all coach training classes in 2020 were based on the new competency. If you completed your coaching certification before 2020, please do review the blogs and YouTube videos that teach this new content.