What Does It Take to Be a Good Coach?

If you are a coach currently, or interested in becoming one, you may have asked yourself at some point, “What Does It Take to Be a Good Coach?” Although some of the answers can vary by situation and person, there are some aspects of being a coach that are invariably important. A good coach is an effective one; one who sees positive changes in their clients.

The following are important skills for an effective coach to use:

  • Active listening. Coaches need to understand their clients and in order to do this, they need to be able to listen to them.
  • Feedback. Provide positive, constructive feedback to help clients understand better; this does not necessarily include solutions for the issue.
  • Trust. Clients need to be able to trust their coaches in order to progress. Coaches need to be able to establish trust with honesty and confidentiality.
  • Value them. Don’t judge them but help them learn how to grow and develop.
  • Ask questions. Learn about people’s values and goals by asking them insightful questions. Values & goals are driving factors and influence people’s actions, motivations and decisions. Knowing these will help you understand them better.
  • Be approachable. Put people at ease with you by being pleasant and warm.
  • Be compassionate. People want to know they are being understood and not condemned.
  • Lead them. Do not provide all the answers or do all of the talking. Lead the client to find answers for themselves so they do not have to be reliant on you to move forward in the future.

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