15 Professional Coaches Share The Most Rewarding Aspect Of Their Careers

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.


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'