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Navigating the Coaching Landscape: Team, Individual, and Group Coaching Explained

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Navigating the Coaching Landscape: Team, Individual, and Group Coaching Explained

by Beverly Landais, Leadenhall Associate Coach – PCC


Coaching has exploded in popularity in recent years, but navigating its diverse offerings can be daunting and time consuming. This article explores three prominent approaches: team coaching, individual coaching, and group coaching, highlighting their strengths, ideal applications, and benefits for both individuals and organisations.

Team Coaching: Uniting Strengths, Reaching Goals

What is it? Imagine a team working together like a well-oiled machine, with each individual’s strengths amplifying the others as they strive towards a common goal. That’s the power of team coaching. Unlike facilitation, team coaching delves deeper into the team’s power dynamics, uncovering hidden agendas, alliances, and sub-groups, and recognising how these factors can impact the team’s performance.

Coach’s role: The coach is an impartial guide supporting the team as they explore their strengths, weaker areas, and blind spots, while helping them examine their options. The coach fosters psychological safety, asking insightful questions, fostering open communication, which enables the team to identify opportunities and break down barriers. A team coach may occasionally be more directive than when working with clients one-on-one due to the complexity of team dynamics.


Boosts team effectiveness: Improved collaboration and mutual understanding lead to higher productivity, better decision-making, and faster problem-solving.

Strengthens relationships: Open communication and conflict resolution skills lead to a stronger, more cohesive team.

Greater engagement: Feeling valued and contributing to shared success leads to higher motivation and satisfaction.

Best Used: 

For new teams that need to establish their dynamic, articulate their purpose and define productive working methods.

For establish teams striving for higher performance through enhanced communication and improvements in their processes and conflict management.

For leadership teams seeking to enhance strategic decision-making and team effectiveness.

Individual Coaching: Empowering Personal Growth

What is it? This personalised approach focuses on developing an individual’s skills, strengths, self-regulation, or leadership potential. The coach works one-on-one to help the coachee set goals, improve self-awareness, and develop the skills and mindsets that enable them to thrive. The coach and coachee will contract to agree on their ways of working together.

Typically, individuals will benefit from a number of coaching sessions spread over a specific period. Corporate-sponsored coaching will involve multiparty meetings to agree on objectives, feedback routes and metrics to measure success. Psychometric assessment of the coachee and 360 feedback may also be a part of the coaching plan.

Coach’s role: The coach acts as a supportive sounding board, providing guidance and encouragement. They use powerful questions, active listening, and feedback to help the coachee gain self-awareness and develop a realistic action plan that enables them to thrive. The coach partners with the coachee, providing challenge and encouragement to allow them to work towards their goals.


Tailored focus: Addresses individual needs, goals, and challenges with personalised guidance. The organisation

Confidentiality and trust: Provides a safe space for deep reflection, exploration and personal development.

Accelerated growth: Personalised guidance and accountability facilitate faster progress towards individual goals.

Best Used:

For individuals facing career transitions, skill development needs, or performance improvement opportunities.

For leaders seeking to augment their leadership skills, communication style, or decision-making.

For high-potential employees striving to accelerate their development and career trajectory.


Increased self-awareness: Improved understanding of strengths, weaknesses, and limiting beliefs fosters personal growth.

Enhanced skills and performance: Targeted development enhances knowledge, skills, and confidence leading to improved performance.

Greater career clarity and satisfaction: Increased self-awareness and goal clarity facilitate career advancement and job satisfaction.

Group Coaching: Synergy and Shared Growth

What is it? This option brings together individuals with similar goals or challenges to work together in a group setting. It provides a catalyst for change in a supportive environment. Usually, there is an overarching theme such as well-being, resilience, time management or the art of negotiation. Participants share knowledge and experiences, learn from each other and gain encouragement from a community of peers. Being vulnerable, non-judgmental and willing to contribute are essential attributes for those involved.

Coach’s role: The coach enables group discussions, encourages peer-to-peer learning, and helps the group identify common challenges and solutions. They ensure individual voices are heard and support the development of a collaborative environment.


Participants gain diverse perspectives and encouragement from others. Provides access to varied viewpoints and fosters mutual accountability.

Working in a group enables participants to experience the power of coaching as a leadership style. Being open, staying curious, asking insightful questions and activity listening enhances emotional intelligence, improves impact, and boosts engagement. Participants gain valuable skills to take back into the workplace and apply in their personal lives.

Organisations also benefit by fostering collaboration, building a learning culture, cross-fertilising ideas, and improving employee engagement.

Best Used:

For organisations focusing on competency development for specific groups of employees. For example, delegation and upwards management.

For communities with special interests such as staff who are involved in championing wellbeing in the workplace.

For individuals seeking personal and professional development in a supportive community setting with shared goals or challenges.

Choosing the Optimal Coaching Approach

The optimal coaching format depends on individual needs, organisational goals and available resources. Consider the following:

  1. What specific challenges or aspirations do individuals face?
  2. Does the team require improved collaboration, shared purpose and goal achievement or something else?
  3. Which coaching models align with the organisational culture, learning and development goals and budget constraints?

Depending on the objectives and preferred learning styles of the participants, it is possible to combine these approaches for a holistic solution. For example, team coaching can be followed by individual coaching for team leaders, or group coaching can be used alongside individual coaching for targeted skill development and deeper personal reflection.


Each coaching approach offers unique strengths and benefits. Choosing the right one depends on individual and organisational needs. Whether navigating individual challenges, strengthening team dynamics, or fostering a culture of development, the right coaching approach can be a transformative investment in success.


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