The Basics of Systemic Coaching

Nishmita D'Souza  •  Aug 12, 2019  •  3 min read

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The Basics of Systemic Coaching

The traditional coaching approach focuses on addressing the whole of the client. Therefore, when various members are being coached within an organization using this approach, they’re viewed as individuals who happen to belong to an organization. This means that each of them is being coached to reach their own personal goals.

While this approach has been seen to catalyze the performance growth of individuals, it’s important to realize that each of these individuals is in fact part of a bigger whole- the organization. Hence, to bring about a synergistic growth where individual goals are aligned to organizational goals, a systemic approach to coaching is needed.

This approach helps individuals and teams see how aligning personal goals to those of the organisation is mutually beneficial to both. It thereby fosters a sense of belonging and clarity in direction.

Systemic Coaching- Definition and Meaning

Systemic team coaching is a process by which a team coach works in partnership with a whole team, both when they are together and when they are apart. This is to help them both improve their collective performance and how they work together, and also how they develop their collective leadership to more effectively engage with all their key stakeholder groups to jointly transform the wider business and co-create value for all their stakeholders. (Hawkins, 2011 & 2014)

In simple words, Systemic Coaching is coaching individuals and teams of such individuals in an organization in alignment with the organizational goals.

A Comparison Between Traditional Coaching & Systemic Coaching

  • Traditional Coaching facilitates individuals in creating shifts in their behavior to move towards their personal goals. Systemic Coaching facilitates individuals and teams to align their personal goals towards organizational goals.  
  • Traditional Coaching addresses each member as an individual. Systemic Coaching addresses each individual as a unique part of a whole.
  • Traditional Coaching concerns itself with the individual and at best, their immediate environment. Systemic Coaching concerns itself with maximizing the contribution to all stakeholders of the organization.

The Relevance of Systemic Coaching in Today’s World

  •  Systemic Coaching adopts a holistic approach to addressing the needs of all 3 levels- the individual, the team and the organization. It is therefore coaching on both a microscopic and  macroscopic level.
  • System Coaching is a cost and time efficient method of increasing the performance of an organization.  
  • Systemic Coaching is a useful tool in addressing the issues of the VUCA world in real time.

In essence, systemic coaching is about maximizing the performance of the organization while celebrating the uniqueness of the individual. 

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Nishmita D'Souza

Marketing Coordinator

Nishmita D'Souza is Marketing Coordinator at Coacharya. She is a firm believer that the key to development is education and awareness. She is also an illustrator by hobby.


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