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

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PART FOUR: Traditions from Self-Help, Personal Growth, and Spirituality

The self-help and human potential movements of the 1960s and 1970s, and the accompanying interest in noninstitutionalized forms of spirituality, constitute an important thread in the underground history of coaching.

Coaching is an art—its skills must be mastered and internalized. It also rests on theoretical foundations—the premise of this book is that there is a knowledge base with which the professional coach should be acquainted. The coaching encounter remains peculiarly democratic, however. The coach must be an expert in coaching, but it is the client who is credited with the greater expertise in the nature of the question, the problem, the aspiration. And it is the ...

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