by Krishna Kumar
Coaching has existed since time immemorial and has been described in many ways. It was not formally recognized as a profession until fairly recently. It has now made way using modern techniques, tools, processes and competencies, creating a new and growing profession.
Conversely, “Mastery”, while easily recognizable, defies definition. We often assume that it is achievable by only a chosen few who have an inborn talent.
Is there a path to coaching mastery?
The good news is that it is possible and available to anyone, regardless of age or experience, who is prepared to stay on the path.
However, the journey to coaching mastery may be both challenging and confusing if we do not select and navigate our chosen paths wisely. Long and rocky paths with no clear destination in sight can impact our energy and derail our motivation.
Equally, the journey can be richly rewarding. Coaching journeys bring about personal transformations through reaching deeper levels of self-awareness, self-belief, and a sense of fulfilment at the journey’s end.
Drawing inspiration from our founder Thomas Leonard, the IAC brought together a team of coaching masters with the mission to “expand the path to coaching mastery” by charting the best path to coaching mastery, a fascinating process that spanned over three years.
The dedicated efforts of the team resulted in the creation of the 9 IAC Masteries that offer a powerful framework for anyone who sets out on the path.
It has been my privilege to interact with many of the coaching masters who co-created the IAC Masteries. In our conversations the comment that most often resonated are how the Masteries moved beyond a “way of doing” to becoming a “way of being’” for the coach.
In the process, today we can justifiably celebrate the Masteries as offering us much more than a path to masterful coaching, but also a means to better living.
“Viva La Masteries!”
Krishna Kumar is the Founder-Director of the Intrad School of Executive Coaching (ISEC) and a pioneer in the sphere of Leadership and Executive Coaching in India. His firm belief that coaching is the best way to learn has carried him through a varied learning journey over three decades that included donning the hats of a corporate executive, an entrepreneur, a tennis coach, a B-school professor, independent Board member and an Executive Coach. The journey continues…