Working with a professional coach can be an effective way to enhance your life and career. But is there any evidence that supports the efficacy of this type of intervention? The answer is yes. Studies have demonstrated that coaching can have a positive and significant impact on emotional exhaustion, general exhaustion, quality of life, and resilience. In terms of individual differences, such as personality, emotional intelligence, or IQ, these can act as a moderating factor between the type of coaching intervention and its effectiveness.
Nevertheless, most findings have been positive and back up the long-term sustained influence of coaching. For instance, one study found that people who had the support of an employment counselor were more likely to maintain a job than those in the reference group. This implies that coaching can be an effective tool for creating a control group that is exposed to the same organizational environment as coaches. In addition, coaching buyers have described other metrics, such as staff engagement and retention, as important metrics for evaluating the effectiveness of training.
This indicates that coaches with similar credentials from other agencies would be expected to produce a similar effect. Although these studies are limited in number, they are useful for understanding where future studies should focus and the areas that may be fruitful in determining the mechanisms or models of effectiveness of coaching. For example, are there cultural differences regarding the effectiveness of coaching or are there different mechanisms that explain the effectiveness of coaching in different cultures? Overall, research has shown that professional coaching can be an effective way to reduce emotional exhaustion and general exhaustion, as well as to improve quality of life and resilience for some individuals. It is important to note that these results range from completely ineffective to a very large and impressive effect size.