Imperial College Coaches
Imperial Coaches are a fully trained cross-section of College staff who take on coaching assignments in addition to their main job roles. There are currently around 40 Imperial coaches from a wide range of academic and professional services roles within College who bring a range of experience and insight to the coaching role.
In order to ensure a high standard of coaching, all coaches have attended the Imperial Coach Development Programme and 25 of them have recently obtained the nationally-recognised coaching accreditation, the ILM (Institute of Leadership and Management) Level 5 in Coaching and Mentoring. All coaches attend CPD events and coaching supervision twice a year. Coaching standards are in line with guidelines set by the European Coaching and Mentoring Council EMCC) and Imperial coaches adhere to the EMCC Code of Ethics.
Imperial coaches use a combination of observation, high quality questioning, effective listening and constructive challenge to create a conversation designed to support the coachee’s thinking and action-planning.
The coach will:
- Be empathic, focused and non-judgemental
- Listen with a quality of attention that you will rarely find elsewhere, to understand what you think and how you experience the world
- Reflect back to you in an way that helps you gain clarity
- Encourage you to rise to challenges, overcome obstacles and take action
the coachee needs to:
- Be motivated and committed to the process
- Come to a coaching session with some idea of what they want to focus on
- Contribute to conversations openly and honestly
- Be open-minded
- Challenge themselves
- Set goals and take action