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Coaching to Increase Choice through an Internal Locus of Control
by Greg Fall 

Organizational leaders and human resource professionals alike know the benefits when each of their employees have more of an internal locus of control – increased productivity, initiative, resiliency / capacity to handle stress, commitment to professional development, fulfillment, and ability to communicate and interact with others in the workplace. Coaching can increase internal locus of control in individual clients, assisting them in developing a powerful, foundational concept to take them to the next level of impact in an organization – whether they are currently stuggling with performance/behavioral issues or are in the line of succession for a leadership position.

In the 1950s, Julian Rotter helped pioneer the concept of locus of control, which relates to the source from which an individual believes their life influences flow. Individuals with an internal locus of control are more likely to believe that they have the power/control to overcome life barriers and influence their environments. Individuals with an external locus of control are more likely to believe that they have less power and that control over their life is in the hands of others, the environment, or fate. While there are benefits to having either an internal or external locus of control, numerous studies have pointed out the benefits of having an internal locus of control, with subjects realizing more professional and life successes as well as happiness.

A few tips for developing an internal locus of control include:

  • remember that you always have choice, even if only related to your attitude or feelings,
  • exercise positive “self talk,” while choosing to eliminate negative thoughts / comments,
  • brainstorm openly with someone else to increase your available options,
  • write all your options down so you can see the possibilities and further evaluate,
  • advance your problem solving ability with mental exercises,
  • develop objectives and work toward them, noting your milestone accomplishments, and
  • improve decision making skills, including clarity about how you make good decisions.

Do you want your employees to believe that outcomes are within their control or out of it? Develop key contributors and leaders who have a stronger internal locus of control through individual coaching which incorporates the above tips, among other tools. Your employees and organization both will thank you.