The number of coaching cases and coaches has increased dramatically over the last several years. There are many reasons for this increase. When well done, coaching efforts can result in both improvement in the organization and in organizational outcomes as well as in individuals and groups.
Even the most highly qualified coaches and best of managers, however, can find themselves involved in situations that create either ethical dilemmas or legal challenges. Unless these situations are prepared for and addressed properly in advance, the effectiveness of the effort is likely to be compromised. This situation can also lead to decreased trust of both coaches and managers. At the worst, it can harm both the individual and the organization. This situation can result in many bad outcomes, including legal costs.