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Leadership coaching vs training in leadership development

Choosing the right developmental approach for your organisation can dramatically influence its success and growth. Organisations stand to benefit from both facilitated training and performance coaching. But how do you decide which is most suitable for your company’s development? How can you be sure which will drive sustainable change? Let’s dive deeper into each of these options, and how they can transform your talent and leadership culture.

Facilitated training: The key to dynamic group learning

Facilitation is fundamentally about enabling groups or teams to work more effectively together through dynamic group learning. A facilitator is an impartial guide whose primary concern is the process of group interaction. They focus on creating an environment where all members feel encouraged to participate, ensuring that discussions remain productive and aligned with the group’s objectives. Facilitators are skilled in steering conversations, managing group dynamics, and navigating through conflicts to ensure that collective decisions are made efficiently and inclusively.

For these reasons, training facilitators can be instrumental in strategic planning sessions, team-building exercises, and conflict resolution, where the primary need is for a structured, inclusive, and effective group process. They tend to maintain an objective stance, leaning towards neutrality and process over flexibility.

Leadership coaching: Nurturing individual growth and enhancing culture

Expert performance coaches, however, are invaluable for leadership development programmes where the goal is not only to enhance team dynamics, but also to achieve specific individual growth milestones, nurture a cultural shift and prepare leaders for real-life challenges.

Unlike facilitators who remain process-focused, performance coaches approach development through the eyes of specific context and circumstance. They are experts at guiding discussions towards predefined developmental goals while also responding to the specific circumstances of the people in the room.

Coaches who are also skilled facilitators are able to seamlessly switch between addressing group dynamics and focusing on individual development needs, offering a personalised support even within a large group setting.

Bridging the gap with expert facilitators and coaches

At Ivy House, we are incredibly proud of our world-class team of facilitators. Not only that, but we trust them implicitly with managing individual growth and cultural dynamics, because every one of them is also an experienced performance coach. By integrating facilitation and performance coaching, we offer a holistic approach to talent and leadership development that ensures impactful, lasting change. This approach produces a leadership mindset just as much as it boosts organisational practices and culture.

The intersection where organisational transformation happens

For companies looking to invest in talent and leadership development, the choice between group facilitation and performance coaching—or a combination of both—can significantly impact their trajectory towards success. By recognising the unique contributions of each approach and how they complement one another, organisations can craft a developmental strategy that aligns with their goals, culture, and challenges.

And, while both facilitation and coaching can have an impact, it is at the intersection where these two skillsets meet that organisations stand to benefit significantly.

With Ivy House’s world-class team of facilitators and coaches, your organisation can unlock its full potential, preparing leaders and teams for the change ahead. If you’re ready for that, we would love to talk with you.

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