STEPPA Coaching Model by McLeod (2003)

The STEPPA coaching model, proposed by McLeod (2003), is a structured approach to coaching that guides both the coach and coachee through the coaching process.

1. Subject:
– This is the starting point of the coaching process. The coach and coachee identify the specific topic or issue that the coachee wants to address. This could be a challenge, an opportunity, or any area of improvement. The clearer the subject, the more effective the coaching session will be.

2. Target:
– Once the subject has been identified, the next step is to define the desired outcome or goal. This involves specifying what success looks like and what the coachee wants to achieve by the end of the coaching process. Goals should be SMART (Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant, and Time-bound).

3. Emotion:
– Emotions play a crucial role in coaching. The coachee’s emotional response to the subject and goal is explored. Understanding emotions can give insights into motivations, fears, and potential barriers. It also helps in building rapport and trust between the coach and coachee.

4. Perception:
– Perception is about the coachee’s current viewpoint or belief system related to the subject. This step involves uncovering limiting beliefs or misconceptions that might be hindering progress. By challenging and reframing these perceptions, the coachee can gain new perspectives and see new possibilities.

5. Plan:
– With a clear understanding of the subject, goal, emotions, and perceptions, the coach and coachee collaborate to create a plan of action. This plan outlines the steps required to move from the current situation to the desired outcome. Each step should be concrete, actionable, and aligned with the coachee’s values and resources.

6. Pace:
– This step involves setting a realistic pace for implementing the plan. It considers the coachee’s commitments, resources, and any potential obstacles. Setting the right pace ensures that the coachee remains motivated and doesn’t feel overwhelmed.

7. Action:
– The final step is all about taking action. The coachee starts implementing the plan, making adjustments as needed based on feedback and results. The coach provides support, accountability, and guidance throughout this phase, ensuring that the coachee remains on track and moves closer to the desired outcome.

The STEPPA coaching model provides a systematic and structured approach to coaching. It ensures that both the coach and coachee remain focused on the desired outcome while addressing emotions, perceptions, and potential obstacles. The emphasis on planning and pacing ensures that the coachee feels empowered and supported throughout the journey towards achieving their goals.

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