So you wanna be a coach too? Really?

Published on Oct 22, 2020

The other day, I met a friend and we realised we both asked ourselves: Is it a good idea to become a coach?

There are sooo many coaches out there. You can find coaches for everything: to declutter like Marie Kondo, to become a more agile organization, to eat healthier, to become a better leader etc. 

Everyone can call themselves a coach. You can be a coach even if you didn't study or are certified. So it's hard to know whether a coach delivers the expected value. 

OK, when looking at the market like this, one can conclude that there's a lot of competition and hard to differentiate and therefore, it's not wise to call yourself a coach. 

Let's take a step back though and clarify what coaching actually means. ICF, the international Coaching Federation defines it as follows:

Coaching is partnering with clients in a thought-provoking and creative process that inspires them to maximize their personal and professional potential.

This definition resonates with me and aligns with my beliefs, vision and strengths. The world I envision is one where humans are continuously learning about themselves, others and the world, enjoy that process and use their wisdom for good.

To make that vision a reality I believe there's a lot of coaching needed. As we are wildly different, not every coach is for everyone and a coach only has limited time, we need a lot of different coaches. 

To conclude, I wanna leave the fear of what others think about my "job title" and being a "me too" behind and embrace what I believe I can offer and is needed in this world. 

What do you think about coaching? Have you ever thought of becoming one? If yes, in which field?