What is Integral Coaching?
Can you think of something in your life that you’d like to change or improve in some way? For instance:
- Adjusting to a new job?
- Want more work-life balance?
- Want to be a cultivate your unique or authentic style as a Leader? Partner? Parent? Volunteer?
- Not sure where you life is headed and want to be intentional about the next step?
Integral coaches (integral means leave nothing out - take a holistic view) partner with their clients to create a program for development of:
1. All aspects of the person (head/thinking, heart/emotions, gut/sensing).
So often, we live so much of our life from our thinking mind that we forget to listen to what our feelings or our heart are saying to us. Integral coaching is done in a way that supports the integration of all three; and
2. All aspects of their life in a way that the specific topic is addressed.
The whole life includes the following – the individual or self (thinking, emotions, sensing), the body and behaviour, culture and relationships, and the environment and systems.
Through a relationship of mutual respect and learning, the coach creates the conditions for development to occur - similar to how a greenhouse provides the conditions for plants to flourish.
Integral coaching is focused on results. It involves building competencies and adopting different practices in order to achieve three outcomes:
- Improved long term results
- The ability to self generate (to see and develop new possibilities and opportunities), and
- The ability to self correct (through self awareness, to see yourself and to be able to self correct)
By the end of the program, you will have the ability to continue to develop on your own, without the need of a coach.
What Integral Coaching is not?
Integral coaching is not:
- A simple goal setting and follow-up program focused on a single topic.
- A program where the coach does the work – it is up to the client to take responsibility for making change.
- Therapy – there may be topics that are more appropriately managed through therapy and where the coach will suggest alternative resources.
- Mentor Coaching - as defined by the ICF is, “an International Coach Federation credential applicant being coached on their coaching skills rather than coaching on practice building, life balance, or other topics unrelated to the development of an applicant’s coaching skill.”
How does it work?
Coaching is done through weekly or bi-weekly sessions, on a one-on-one basis, either face-to-face or on the phone. A program is typically six months, or longer, depending on the unique requirements of each client.
It’s important for the client and coach to have a mutual connection and for the client to be willing to take responsibility for making changes. Growth requires change, and change involves being willing to get uncomfortable. It also requires time and support.