There is a wide range of literature on the skills of the coach. Most books and articles about coaching contain directions and practical recommendations described from the basis of a single perspective or preferred style, such as the GROW model, Rational Emotive Therapy or Transactional Analysis. In our view, there is no single best method of coaching and different coaching styles are effective in different situations. Chapter 5 contains a broad overview of four basic approaches for coaches: insight-focused, coachee-focused, problem-focused and solution-focused. The talents and personality of the coach, the issues and personality of the coachee, the goals of the coaching and the context in which it is taking place all determine the effectiveness of any approach. An experienced coach is aware of his or her own preferred approach or approaches, and is able to deviate from them if something different appears to be more effective. Flexibility in choosing a personal coaching approach is perhaps the most important skill a coach can have.
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