Key Coaching Questions

What questions are helpful for leaders and managers when adopting a coaching approach? Here are some questions we have found useful when engaging with leaders, managers and project managers. Enjoy!

Building awareness

  • Is this situation something you recognise as having played out previously?
  • What impact is this having on you / others?
  • What motivates you?
  • What makes this important to you?
  • What qualities do you possess to equip you through this?

Exploring feelings

  • How do you feel?
  • What are others feeling?
  • What does it feel like?
  • When do these feelings appear?
  • What happens when you feel like this?

Generating options

  • Can you think of three options?
  • What else?
  • If our situations were switched, what would you recommend?
  • What might an onlooker suggest?
  • If you had nothing constraining you, what would you do?

Exploring a situation

  • Help me understand by saying a little more.
  • What concerns do you have?
  • What’s at stake?
  • What’s stopping you?
  • What metaphor (picture, image, situation) would best describe your situation?

Exploring Decisions

  • What thoughts / feelings brought you to this decision?
  • How confident do you feel?
  • What other options did you explore?
  • How committed are you?
  • How would you tell whether this decision proves to be effective / ineffective?

Exploring goals

  • Is this realistic?
  • How will you feel when you get there?
  • How will you know you have achieved your goal?
  • What will you notice when you achieve your goal?
  • What will others notice when you achieve your goal?

Developing actions

  • What will be your first step?
  • What can you commit to, to enable you to move forwards?
  • What support do you need to help you move forwards?
  • When can you achieve this action by?
  • Do you need someone to hold you to account? If so, who, how and when?

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