What is Executive Coaching?

Coaching is
Not Counselling

Based on an article by Dwight Bain

Executive Director of the International Christian Coaching Association, ICCAonline.net

A common area of confusion for people helpers these days is understanding the difference between counseling and coaching. Both disciplines involve people skills that can bring transformational life change to clients; however, they are not the same. More and more professional counselors are exploring the growing profession of life coaching and may want to expand their skill set to offer more comprehensive services to meet the growing needs of their clients. But we must be clear—counseling is NOT coaching or vice-versa. Keep reading to understand executive fundamentals.

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Difference Between Coaching and Counselling

What are some significant differences between these two powerful professions?

  • Counseling is more focused on solving painful problems from the past; Coaching is more about finding creative ways to reach your potential in the future.
  • Counseling guides clients toward experiencing relief through recovery; Coaching is driven by one word: – results – in people's busy lives.
  • Counseling helps people to build support to stabilize their lives; Coaching guides clients toward strategic ways to maximize their lives.
  • Counseling develops healthy emotions and relationships to experience peace; Coaching builds healthy patterns with accountability to experience personal power.

Christian coaching provides that extra push because of the rapid results that occur when a client is on track with a trusted guide focused on helping them rapidly reach their goals.

Successful people need both Counselors and Coaches! Plans can fail for lack of counsel, but with many advisers, they succeed.

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