3 Types of Coaching

Choosing the type of coaching that is right for you and your team is an important decision. Understanding the differences between the various types of coaching can help.

Coaching is delivered in three different settings, referred to here as types. They are one-on-one coaching, also notated as 1:1 coaching, group coaching and team coaching.


In all settings, coaching provides a safe, judgement-free space to share ideas, gain insights, and move forward. A coach will leverage strengths and knowledge to increase confidence and motivation in the direction of goals and dreams.

1:1 Coaching

In a one-on-one setting an individual works privately with the coach, at their own pace. 100% of the coaches attention is focused directly on the individual, their interests, struggles, and pursuits.

Top 5 benefits of one-on-one coaching:

  • self development
  • assuming responsibility
  • increased confidence
  • gaining perspective
  • improved performance

Go to How Coaching Works to learn more about the 1:1 coaching process.

Team Coaching

    Team coaching leverages the group process to achieve organizational goals. Typically the team is already formed prior to engaging in team coaching, and all participants work together to reach the same goal. As a secondary objective, team members may also work on individual objectives within the team dynamic.

    Top 5 benefits of team coaching include:

    • strengthening team unity
    • build cohesiveness
    • improve communication
    • enhance individual performance
    • increase outcome achievment

    Group Coaching

    Group coaching leverages the group process to achieve individual goals. Typically individuals are grouped by common interests or goals. Most often group members do not know each other prior to participating in the group. Individuals are also often grouped with others in similar peer groups

    Top 5 benefits of group coaching include:

    • improving communication skills
    • building relationships
    • increased confidence
    • gaining perspective
    • achievement of goals



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    For more on what coaching is, go to What Coaching Is.

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