Group Coaching vs. 1:1 Coaching

We’re often asked… what’s better? Group or 1:1 Coaching?

Our answer? Both group coaching and 1:1 coaching each offer unique advantages and disadvantages. What works best often depends on the context, the goals for coaching and the type of person you are coaching.

Diversity of Perspectives

Group coaching brings together individuals from varied backgrounds, allowing participants to benefit from multiple viewpoints. This diversity fosters learning and understanding beyond one’s own experiences. In 1:1 coaching, the questions are coming from the coach, which can limit the experience.

Peer Learning and Support

In a group coaching program, members learn from the stories their peers share, leading to a richer learning environment. Peer support can also be motivational and reassuring. For many, the realization that they are not alone in going through an experience can be incredibly powerful.

Depth of Exploration

While group coaching programs offer a lot of breadth, a private setting might allow for a deeper dive into personal issues, with more space for individual introspection and detailed discussion. In our group coaching certification program, we always invite coaches to create moments of self-reflection during their group coaching session. This gives every group member an opportunity to focus on their own goals.

Communication Skills

The group coaching setting offers opportunities to develop communication and social skills, as participants engage in discussions, share experiences, and provide feedback. While sharing challenges in a group setting can be intimidating for some, it is the perfect place to practice in risk-free environment.


Group coaching is generally more affordable than 1:1 coaching, making it accessible to a wider audience. This is true within and outside of organizations.

Individual Attention

With multiple participants, individuals may receive less focused time compared to 1:1 coaching where a coach can tailor their approach to the specific needs, goals, and challenges of the individual, offering a highly personalized experience. In our group coaching certification program, we encourage the coach to create opportunities for peer coaching in smaller breakout rooms.

Group Dynamics

In group coaching programs, it’s imperative that the coach is effective at managing the dynamics of the group. Dominant personalities may overshadow quieter members, and the group experience can be compromised.

In our view, the choice between group coaching and 1:1 coaching depends on individual preferences, learning styles, and the specific objectives of the coaching engagement. And if there is space for both, you often have a winning program!


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