What is Group Coaching?

According to ICF (International Coaching Federation), “group coaching is a collection of potentially unconnected individuals who are looking to learn in a group environment. The focus typically, though not exclusively, is on personal development and growth.”

Group Coaching is coaching a number of people in small groups. The sessions follow the coaching model and encourage all participants to actively take part. To see the exact structure of my sessions, visit HERE.

Group Coaching has the potential to develop quicker and better results with groups of individuals. It is an excellent approach for continuous improvement, leading change, building a community, learning from each other’s situation, solving problems, making decisions and increasing engagement and productivity. “While the aim of coaching is typically to effect change in individuals, group coaching has the additional challenge of handling group-based dynamics by putting in place interpersonal and rapport-building skills.” (Brown & Grant, 2009)

The Participants

  • entering group coaching are likely to be highly motivated to engage and implement new learnings into their lives.
  • are willing to find the knowledge and tools to move forward in a particular direction.
  • open for new discoveries and have the courage to talk about their thoughts and feelings.
  • respect and accept their peers' ongoing sharings and thinking processes.
  • are willing to invest time into networking and learning by hearing others’ ideas and stories.
  • make a personal financial commitment to change.
  • take responsibility for their own development and commit to attend all sessions.

Benefits of Group Coaching

  • Connect to a community with like minded people and work towards similar goals.
  • Realise that you and your problems are not unique to you.
  • Plans get solved faster by listening to each other’s ideas, plans and actions.
  • Better productivity as participants are engaged with peers.
  • More actions as the sessions are running weekly so there is no option to postpone tasks.
  • Access coaching at a lower cost.
  • Feel less on the “spot” and have more time to reflect on yourself.
  • Foster a mindset of growing and learning culture.



The Differences

Group Coaching A group of individuals working on their own development and setting their own tasks. Participants often share common challenges and have similar goals. Usually run over several weeks and the agenda and the actions are set by the members.
Team Coaching A team is usually working together on a common goal and seeing how they can achieve the result together. Quite often there is a team leader who makes final decisions in the interest of the outcome. Usually runs over several weeks and the agenda is set by the members collectively or by the team leader.
Facilitating A facilitator is present to hold a space between team members while they brainstorm on common challenges, ideas and tasks. Team members set the agenda and they also make decisions. The facilitator only interferes when the members can not agree or to keep to the set agenda/timeframe. Usually runs for a couple of hours to a few days.
Peer Coaching Events Participants turn up for sessions and get paired up or grouped by a facilitator for a reason to practice coaching on each other. The pairs usually take turns and each coachee sets their own agenda. There is no common goal or content given, except the practical experience. Usually it lasts only a couple of hours.
Mastermind Participants meet to share information, ideas, resources or to solve problems. They often share their wisdom, advice and best practices. The group usually meets for a pre-set topic and the sessions last from a couple of hours to a few days.
Workshops Workshops are led by a trainer who provides content to the participants. The group usually meets for a pre-set topic with specific learning materials. The sessions can be purely theory based or run with a mixed approach. Workshops usually last from a couple of hours to a few days.