John Whitmore GROW Model - A Coaching & Mentoring Process

Mon, 06/16/2014 - 04:30 -- Umar Farooq

Becoming a leader or having leadership qualities is the best thing people needs in business worlds as well as in their routine life. Some scholars says that “leaders are by birth” and this is true to some extent but one can also become a leader by learning some techniques and adopting some qualities. The most important role of a leader is to coach people or team to do their best. Leader helps people or team in making better decisions, solve problems that are serving as a barrier to progress, learn new skills, and how to progress in their careers.

Some people are lucky who get formal training in coaching. However, many people have to develop important leadership skills themselves. You may think it’s difficult but if you will learn some proven techniques, practice, and if you will trust your instincts, I am sure you can become a great leader or coach. In this article I will tell you about GROW coaching model which will really help you to become a good leader.

grow model diagram

What is Grow Model

The GROW Model is a simple four-step powerful framework for structuring your coaching or mentoring processes.

GROW is an acronym which stands for:

  • Goal.
  • Current Reality.
  • Options (or Obstacles).
  • Will (or Way Forward).

The grow coaching model was originally developed by performance coach Sir John Whitmore in the 1980s, two other well-known coaches Graham Alexander and Alan Fine also helped him in developing this model.

To practically implement the whitmore GROW Model here we take an example of planning about a journey. If you want to go on a visiting spot in your coming vacations, first of all you need to decide where you will go (the Goal), and your current location is (your current reality).

Now there are various ways and means (the options) to reach on your decided location. In the final stage, you will establish the will, and you will make commitment about making the journey, as well as you will prepare yourself for the obstacles that you could meet on the way.

How to Use the Grow Model?

Following steps are required to structure a coaching and mentoring process by using the GROW Model:

Establish the Goal

In first step you need to define the goal. You and your team member should look at the behavior that you want to change. This desired change will be the goal you want to achieve.

You should make sure that your goal should be SMART always. SMART goals refer to Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic, and Time-bound.

At this stage a coach should ask questions like:

  1. How will you come to know that team members have achieved defined goal?
  2. How will you know that the underlying problem or issue is solved?
  3. Does this goal suited for overall career objectives?
  4. And does defined goal fit with the team's objectives?

Examine the Current Reality

In this step of the GROW model you need to ask your team member to describe their current reality (position).


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