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Updated: Nov 12, 2020

Read these insightful and powerful educational coaching quotes by leading experts.

'Unlocking people's potential to maximise their own performance'

John Whitmore

'Anyone can hold the helm when the sea is calm.'

Publilius Syrus

'Coaching is... a structured conversation where a trained coach partners valued people in school to help them take quicker, more effective action that moves them from where they are to where they want and need to go, without giving them advice.'

Annie Boate - Coaching in Schools

'Telling creates resistance. Asking creates relationships.'

Andrew Sobel

“The only true wisdom is in knowing you know nothing.” —


'Leadership starts with you'

Andy Buck

Train people well enough so they can leave, treat them well enough so they don't want to'

Sir Richard Branson

"In the beginner's mind there are many possibilities. In the expert's mind there are few."

Shunryu Suzuki

'Leaders are prepared to demonstrate that they have both the ability and willingness to tackle the tasks that they expect everyone else to do.'

Andy Buck

"A one-to-one conversation that focusses on the enhancement of learning & development through increasing self-awareness & a sense of personal responsibility where the coach facilitates the self-directed learning of the coachee through questioning, active listening & appropriate challenge in a supportive & encouraging environment.."

Christian Van Nieuwerburgh

"Change does not have to, and perhaps cannot, happen in a mad panic. The greatest #change takes time."

Richard Gerver

'The most dynamic systems on Earth have all realised that competitive process in education, where you set schools and communities against each other, doesn't work and the only methodology to drive education forward in the future is collaboration. We need to build greater bridges and collaboration between the business sector and education, and the cultural sector and education, and the charitable sector and education.

Richard Gerver

'Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, concern citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.

Margaret Mead

'Emotions are not a sign of weakness, in fact recognising and identifying how you feel is a strength'

Andy Buck

‘The pessimist complains about the wind, the optimist expects it to change, the realist adjusts the sails’

W A Ward

'A coach is somebody who wants to influence the people around them, so they can make effective choices, executes with intent, review both choice and intent objectively, in any environment or pressure, without the need of a coach'

Mark Bennet MBE

'The minute we begin to think we have all the answers, we forget to ask the questions.'

Madeleine L'Engle

"Coaching, & specifically peer coaching, challenges individualism and puts a collective & distributed model of leadership & professional development practice at the core of an organisation’s vision & values."

Kerry Jordan Daus @KerryJordanDaus and Graham Chisnell FCCT @Chizkent

"New research demonstrates that heads who have coaching are able to better manage the significant demands [of the role] & address the common feeling of isolation. They also report a positive impact on their self-belief & confidence Coaching helps heads to place a greater priority on their physical & emotional health."

Professor Rachel Lofthouse @DrRLofthouse

“As Carol Dweck says, “Effort is one of the things that gives meaning to life. Effort means you care about something, that something is important to you and you are willing to work for it. It would be an impoverished existence if you were not willing to value things and commit yourself to working toward them.”

Daniel H. Pink, Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us

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