Transformational Coaching

Transformational Coaching

Transformational Coaching is changing who you are to change what you do.  It deals with a person’s inner being–values, core beliefs, identity, destiny—and helps bring about deep, lasting significant change.  Clients often entre this process when they are in major life transitions and have become aware of their need to reinvent themselves.  This type of coaching puts high demands on the coach’s intution, and draws heavily on life-stage, personality type, life purpose and other developmental tools.

Coaches who work in this area must deeply engage in thier own ongoing transformational journey.  It’s tough to transform others when you aren’t comfortable in the tranformational process yourself.

Levels Of Engaging

Transformational Coaching often involves moving the leader through 4 stages of engaging, representing an increasing willingness by the leader to look inward for the source of difficulty and make major identity changes.  Tranformation happens in the final two stages.  Leaders who get stuck in the intial stages tend to ” go around the mountain” and experience repeated pain until tranformational change finally occurs.

Tuning Into Purpose

Often the first step in transformational coaching is helping the person move from resitant or victim posutre to one of seeing purpose in the situation.  Leaders who see purpose will then embrace change instead of avoiding it.

Moving Beyond the Tactical Level

When we do begin looking at ourselves, our first instinct is to engage at the doing level.  For example, we examine the mistakes we made in what we did or said, or what skills we could acquire that would help us do better next time.

Engaging With Heart

At this level, we use the circumstances as an opportunity to for self-reflection and inner growth.  Difficult experiences lay bare the heart in a way that allows transformational change— if we have the courage to really look inward and see what is there.

With this, I would like to conclude saying::  “Above all else, guard your heart; for from it flow the springs of life”.   

Source: Tony Stolzfuls