Does Coaching Work?

The specialty of personal/professional coaching is a relatively new but fast-growing field. In this section, you will find information and links to research, studies, and data collected that validate the effectiveness of this method of personal development/improvement. 

Personal Coaching is a relatively new field. The research is ongoing and we will bring it to you as it gets published.

Goal Achievement

Comparing the Effectiveness of Individual Coaching, Self-Coaching, and Group Training: How Leadership Makes the Difference

Our findings not only show that coaching and training effectively enhance performance, but also emphasize the beneficial effects of coaching on clients’ goal attainment.

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Benefits of Coaching

According to Positive Psychology, coaching, whether it is executive, life, peer, team, or another type provides several benefits.

As mentioned above, these include

1. A safe space for exploring options and growing

2. Better risk management

3. Increased productivity

4. More job satisfaction

5. Flexibility

6. Better networking opportunities

7. Goal attainment

8. Strengths identification

9. Focused use of strengths through interventions

10. Increased Camaraderie

Personal Coaching: A Model for Effective Learning

in this article by Kerryn E. Griffiths in the Journal of Learning Design,
she highlights personal coaching’s success and the significant potential it holds as a vehicle for effective learning.

Griffiths notes that personal coaching has yet to have a significant impact in the education field.

She introduces personal coaching practice and its outcomes and examines its processes through a learning theory discussion.

Doing so demonstrates the learning value inherent within the coaching framework and challenges educators to consider its potential as a model for active, collaborative, authentic, and engaging learning.

A Good Match Client & Coach Is Critical

The effectiveness of business coaching: an empirical analysis of the factors that contribute to successful outcomes.

The key themes in this study suggested that it is not the delivery mode (workshop or one-on-one) of coaching that is important, it is the content (e.g. goal setting) of the sessions and the need for there to be a good match between the coach and coachee (similarity – in terms of similar values, goals, and personality were again important).

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A Study on the Effectiveness of Coaching

in this study, by Anthony M Grant at The University of Sydney, a group of coaches-in-training participated n a personal life coaching program so that he could evaluate the results.

Twenty-nine coaches-in-training set personal goals and completed a 10 to 12 week, five-session, solution-focused cognitive-behavioral personal coaching program. Three sessions were face-to-face, two by telephone. Following each coaching session, the coach and the coaches independently completed a structured reflection exercise.

Participation in the program was associated with:

  • reduced anxiety
  • increased goal attainment
  • enhanced cognitive hardiness
  • higher levels of personal insight
  • and higher end-of-semester marks as compared to a cohort that did not participate in the intensive personal coaching program.

Coaching Reduces Stress for Dental Students

In this article by Khalid Aboalshamat Otaibi published in BMC Psychology, a study of 88 dental students was conducted to determine if Life Coaching could reduce psychological stress.

The study group showed a significant reduction in depression, anxiety, stress, resilience, and self-acceptance according to the PWB-S scale. On the other hand, the control group showed a significant reduction on the RS-14 only.

The differences in the tested scales between the study group and the control group from pre-intervention (T1) to post-intervention (T2) showed significant differences in depression, stress, self-acceptance, and goal approach measurements per t-test.

it was concluded that life coaching had the effect of reducing psychological distress, which encouraged the implementation of coaching practice in the daily life of dental students.


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