n HR Future - Coach and/or accountability partner - coaching

Volume 2019 Number 12
  • ISSN : 1608-8506


Is there a difference between an Accountability Partner and a Coach? This might sound like a rhetorical question to some, but it is something worth grappling with given the advancement of coaching approaches and methodologies. Between a coach and a coachee, who should be the one to hold accountability? Further, can a coachee hold the coach accountable and, if so, in what way? There are some emerging assertions and claims that seems to suggest that a Coach can also be an accountability partner. There seems to be a lack of existing literature that differentiates the two while also displaying the similarities if any. The absence of such literature might indicate a research opportunity that would contribute to the coaching body of knowledge.

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