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The Handbook of Knowledge-Based Coaching: FROM THEORY TO PRACTICE by Diane Brennan, Leni Wildflower

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chapter THIRTY-TWO

Use of Assessments in Coaching

Mary M. Nash, Dian Christian, and Janet Baldwin Anderson

Our belief is that an assessment is only as effective as the coaching discussion that follows it. This chapter provides an introduction to the wide variety of assessments utilized in coaching. It offers guidelines for determining whether, when, what, and how assessments may be used, as well as brief annotations of many assessments that are widely used in coaching today.

In the hands of a knowledgeable and experienced coach, assessments can serve as effective and efficient means to inform both the client and the coach about client preferences, styles, skills, and abilities, in order to advance the coaching process. Although much of this ...

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