The LLA have now launched our new system called ConneX. If you would like to register as a coach or coachee then please click here.
If you are already signed up to our old Coaching & Mentoring database, please ensure that you log into the new ConneX system to check that your your current profile and relationships have been properly migrated over from CoachNet to ConneX.
What is coaching?
Coaching is based on the principle that an individual is ultimately responsible for their lives and the results they are getting. If we acknowledge that we are responsible for something, it follows that we have power and influence over it.
For example, if you are not getting the results that you want at work, a coach may encourage you to:
- Understand the situation more clearly
- Develop new ideas or approaches for such situations
- Take constructive action that gets you the results you want
What a coach will not do is instruct you to go and do something specific or go and do it for you (The Coaching Manual, Julie Starr)
Recent research points out the huge personal benefits to coaching clients, particularly at times of change. People might see a coach support transition into a new role, to achieve their goals, or to explore new ways of approaching issues.
Common benefits people experience from coaching include:
- Better performance
- Improved sense of direction and focus
- Increased knowledge of self and self-awareness
- Enhanced ability to relate to and influence others
- Stronger motivation
- Improved performance effectiveness
- Increased resourcefulness
- More confidence
Central to the philosophy of coaching is a belief in the potential of the person being coached – the coachee - to improve their performance and develop their own solutions. While the coach need not be a technical expert in aspects of the coachees’ work, they must have credibility in order to build the relationship.
Coaches on the London Leadership Academy ConneX register have all completed an accredited coaching skills programme and undertake regular supervision and development of their skills. ConneX provides a confidential service to match coachees with qualified coaches, as well as an online facility to manage that relationship. All coaching is offered on a pro bono basis, therefore there is no charge for accessing this service.
If you wish to become a coach or coachee, but are not yet registered, apply here.
Find out more about our Coaching service, and the difference between coaching and mentoring by reading this overview.
To learn more about what coaching is, read What is Coaching?