What is group mentor coaching and how does it benefit coach-
As per the standard definition of mentor coaching, it’s a one-on-one communication
between an inexperienced young coach mentee and a wiser, experienced mentor
coach. The effective group mentor coaching is much more than one-on-one
communication. In group mentor coaching, the mentees (coach-applicants) and the
mentor coach will sit together to collectively approach an issue and talk about how to
attain all the qualities that could define them a good coach.
To the inexperienced eye, group mentor coaching might look like a basic classroom
training. However, practically, it is more similar to the traditional mentoring. Each
mentee coach will have their individual learning and growth goals, which might or might
not be similar to other mentees in the group. In order to help each mentee attain their
coaching goals, the mentor will be asking questions and sharing relevant stories for new
perspectives. The group mentor coaching is also a safe and a confidential affair.
The benefits of group mentor coaching
In Group Mentor Coaching, coaching is designed to help the mentees become more
effective coaches. Basically, it’s a 10-hour coaching session, of which seven hours are
committed to a group setting. The final three hours of group mentor coaching are
dedicated to one-on-one communication which each mentee will have with their
assigned mentor coach.
According to the International Coach Federation or ICF, group mentor coaching is to
provide sheer professional assistance to achieve and demonstrate the coaching
competency levels required by the preferred credential level sought by a mentee (a
coach-applicant). In addition, for different credentialing levels outlined by the ICF, there
are specific credentialing requirements.
In group mentor coaching for ICF credentialing, there will be coaching and reviews in an
appreciative, collaborative and consulted process based on a recorded or observed
coaching session. This is to enhanc