Reflections Series: Powerful questions for coaches and mentors

A core function of both developmental coaching and developmental mentoring is that they help people with the quality of their thinking about issues that are important to them. One of the ways effective coaches and mentors do this is to ask powerful questions – questions that oblige the learner to engage with different perspectives on their issues.

Powerful questions for coaches and mentors has been designed by Professor David Clutterbuck, one of the pioneers of modern mentoring and coaching. Professor Clutterbuck has researched widely into the nature of questioning in developmental partnerships, with assistance of colleagues around the world.


About the Author

David Clutterbuck is one of the international pioneers of developmental coaching and mentoring. He introduced structured mentoring to Europe in the early 1980s and more than 20 of his 60 books are in this field.

Co-founder of the European Mentoring and Coaching Council in 1992, David is visiting professor at Sheffield Hallam and Oxford Brookes Universities and external examiner for the Ashridge Coaching MBA. He maintains a constant programme of original research into coaching and mentoring, especially into the areas of good practice and establishing the evidence base. One of HR Magazine’s top 15 HR influencers, he leads Coaching and Mentoring International Ltd (a global alliance of trainer/ consultants) and is a co-founder of the Professional Mentor Academy.

David has also researched, written and consulted widely in the areas of systemic talent management, business excellence and corporate governance. Amongst David’s many books are: Coaching the Team at Work, Making Coaching Work: Creating a Coaching Culture, The Complete Handbook of Coaching and Beyond Goals.
David sets himself at least one major learning challenge each year – from sky-diving to becoming a stand-up comedian.

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