Joining the coaching field can be an incredibly rewarding career choice. As a coach, you'll work with clients on their personal and/or professional problem areas and empower them to find their ideal path forward.
If you’re considering a career in coaching, it may help to know some of the incredible perks of this field. We asked a panel of Forbes Coaches Council members to share their favorite parts about being a coach. Here's what they love about their jobs, and why they think others should pursue coaching as a career.
Forbes Coaches Council members share their favorite parts of their career.
PHOTOS COURTESY OF THE INDIVIDUAL MEMBERS.
1. Watching Someone Achieve Their Goals
I love coaching high-achieving executives because it's so rewarding to co-create an outcome with a client. As a coach, I help clients gain clarity and stay accountable while the client, if they are truly seeking behavior change and progress, uses the time to move a challenging situation forward or bring a critical goal to fruition. - Sarah Beth Aubrey, Aubrey's Coaching & Training
2. Learning From And Coaching Others
One of the greatest joys in life has been finding opportunities to both learn from and coach and mentor others. This can happen in nearly all professional settings and roles. It is something special to help another person look deep inside themselves, discover a previously unknown strength or tap into unique potential and then grow and develop into someone who can pay it forward to help others! - Jonathan H. Westover, Ph.D, Utah Valley University & Human Capital Innovations, LLC
3. Seeing Someone's Success Coaching executives and businesspeople is a joy every single day. I have strong values of learning and contribution. I love continually learning about human behavior and change, and how that can help my clients. It's so rewarding to see clients grow, change and get unstuck. It's a “helping” profession, and a perfect fit for those who value giving back and making a difference in people’s lives. -Susan Sadler, Sadler Communications LLC
4. Raising Consciousness And Confidence Being in the coaching conversation is my favorite part of being a coach. Raising consciousness and confidence by listening attentively and asking powerful questions can only be achieved when the coach is totally present, not thinking about the past or trying to predict the future. If you can listen attentively and create space for clients to give voice to their thoughts, you will love coaching. -Paul Ward, The Global Centre for Conscious Leadership
5. Hearing About How You Encouraged Someone When someone tells me or one of my team directly that we were integral in encouraging them at a tough time in their professional life it is moving to me. I don't expect it, but I know I did not get into what I am doing to never hear those words. I don't—and you shouldn't—ever underestimate coaching or the power of encouragement in people's lives. Done sincerely, it makes a big difference. - John M. O'Connor, Career Pro Inc.
6. Unlocking Human Potential Coaching provides the opportunity and privilege to empower others to unlock their full potential through intentional self-reflection, deliberate exploration and focused action. My favorite part of coaching is when that "aha moment" happens and my clients start moving with clarity, focus and purpose. It's a rewarding profession and requires a commitment to others, connection and curiosity. - Dennis Volpe, LRI 7. Helping People Change I find great joy in helping people learn to make behavioral changes that positively impact their lives. I'm a change scholar and expert, and I've found that most people are fearful of change, yet it can be so exciting if they look at it as a positive challenge that can be overcome. It brings immense satisfaction for me when people embrace the joy that comes from becoming better and stronger. - Susan Madsen, Utah Valley University & Madsen Global Leadership
8. Partnering With A Client To Understand Their Innate Nature To be able to partner with others to understand their innate nature and live it fully in a way that supports their dreams, goals and aspirations while having a very positive impact at work and home is an amazing gift. I am fortunate to work with people who are focused on being their best self in all areas of their life. They understand that stretching themselves sets them up for uncommon success. - Bobbie Goheen, Synthesis Management Group
9. Adding Value To Others' Lives The best part of coaching is the opportunity to add value to others. Of the coaches I know, they would agree that the best reason for being a coach is the chance to come alongside someone and hold open a door of creativity and exploration in a safe space. The client always knows what they want—our job is to be their strategic thinking partner so they can find it. The reward is seeing someone succeed. - Dr. Teresa Ray, PCC, Dr. Teresa Ray 10. Witnessing 'Aha' Moments As an executive coach, I absolutely am thrilled when I witness my clients have aha moments during the coaching engagement. Seeing their eyes light up after weeks of churning with an urgent challenge just makes my day. Many people call themselves coaches, but I encourage anyone considering it as a profession to be sure to research it deeply and get credentialed. It is still hard work, but fun! - Karan Rhodes, Shockingly Different Leadership
11. Connecting On A Deeper Level Coaching cuts to the heart of the matter. Even when working with executive clients, exploring inner blocks means diving deep into emotions, thoughts and limiting beliefs. In many cases, you are connecting with them in ways others never have. It's rewarding work to see a client resolve something that's been holding them back for years and knowing you helped get them there. - Cheryl Czach, Cheryl Czach Coaching and Consulting, LLC
12. Creating What's Possible With all the advances in knowledge of quantum physics, epigenetics and neuroplasticity, coaching now offers clients a platform to truly activate the human potential and create from the realm of possibility, instead of what's predictable and realistic. It's not a career for everyone, but for those who are called to it, coaching is a deeply fulfilling vocation with plenty of opportunities for specialization. - Ashley Good, Ashley Good Coaching & Consulting 13. Seeing Growth Working with and learning from organizations of all sizes and types is rewarding in and of itself, but it's all made worth it when those companies actually start to see growth. My life's work revolves around successfully scaling businesses, so nothing gets me more excited than an organization moving the needle. Having this positive impact is the main reason to get into coaching—it's so fulfilling. - Andy Bailey, Petra Coach
14. Having Shared Authenticity We all wear so many masks that it's often difficult to connect with people on a deeper level. The coaching dynamic insists upon authenticity. Growth can only be made through honesty and soul struggle. It allows and creates a professional intimacy, where the client can truly feel seen and known. - Dan Messinger,Cream of the Crop Leaders
15. Pushing Others To Greatness My favorite part of being a coach is pushing people to a level of greatness that they couldn't get to without me. I look at every client as a ball of potential that I get the honor of helping mold. You should consider becoming a coach if you are passionate about helping others reach their full potential. - Pasha Carter, The VIP Network