Group coaching and one on one coaching

The process of coaching is impressive; it is fascinating how a client may go so deep down into themselves to connect with their true nature and come out stronger. However, to achieve that, the client needs to feel safe and trust the coaching process. That can be challenging especially in Group Coaching more than in One-on-One Coaching sessions. In groups, clients may get exposed to others’ views and ideas which may prevent them from being themselves.

Paul Polman says, “Working together on solving something requires a high level of humility and a high level of self-awareness.” 

So, what are the differences between One-on-One and Group Coaching? 

According to ICF rules, Group Coaching is not very different from One-on-One Coaching; the core is the same. A qualified coach helps clients, separately or in groups, proceed through the four main phases of coaching: Setting the Foundation, Co-Creating the Relationship, Communicating Effectively, and Facilitating Learning and Results. A coach initiates the discussion and asks powerful questions until the group members, as one team or individuals, go beyond their limiting beliefs, reframe perspective, and gain more enlightenment. 

The group dynamic is, however, different when it comes to defining its mission. It can be set around one common goal for all the members, such as increasing sales of one’s company sales, designing a strategy, or implementing a project. It can also be built on multiple individual goals related to one specific theme. It is like when all the individuals talk about relationships, but for different reasons and objectives.

Given that Group Coaching is characterized by diversity, it may induce stress and pressure. People tend to be afraid of being judged, especially in front of others. So how can this be transformed into positive energy? Making the group feel safe and learn from each other is one of the challenges in Group Coaching. But as challenging as it may seem, the process is rewarding. It creates memorable moments and a sense of belonging that catalyzes change towards higher self-awareness and achievements.

In conclusion, One-on-one and Group Coaching comply with the same ICF rules and standards. Extra attention should, however, be paid to group coaching in order to reach harmony and mutual understanding.