A pluralistic approach to coaching.

Zsófia Anna Utry, Stephen Palmer, John McLeod, Mick Cooper

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A pluralistic approach lo coaching and coaching psychology is proposed, based on Cooper and McLeod's (2011) pluralistic counselling and psychotherapy. Since we live in increasing complexity, it can be assumed that there are many right ways lo coaching. The pluralistic approach suggests that instead of leaving the coach responsible for choosing the right in interventions for their coachees it might be better—not just to trust the coachee with the content—but to actively encourage them to co-determine the process. Selling up a feedback culture, and regular metacoynmunication, may make it more likely that high quality decision-making will be realised in practice. Such an approach also helps to develop the coachee's collaborative capacity, which is in high demand in work and business. A pluralistic coaching approach resonates with the current Zeitgeist's values: of desiring both autonomy and belonging. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2016 APA, all rights reserved)
Original languageUndefined
Pages (from-to)46 - 52
JournalThe Coaching Psychologist
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2015


  • coaching, pluralistic coaching, pluralism, shared decision-making, coachee-centered attitude, collaborative capacity, feedback culture, diversity, 2015, Decision Making, Psychotherapy, Coaching Psychology, Collaboration, Diversity, Feedback, Multiculturalism, 2015

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