The ten qualities that make an outstanding coach

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The ten qualities of an outstanding coach.

A good listener

Encouraging

Honest

Focused

Insightful

Curious

Non-judgemental

Challenging

Impartial

Optimistic

Here is an interesting exercise, drawn from NLP, to explore the priorities of these ten features.

You can be the best listener in the world but be the least encouraging; or you can be the most encouraging coach in the world but a poor listener. Which statement would you pick?

Let's assume you go for best listener but least encouraging. So the next statement is, You can be the best listener in the world but be the least honest; or you can be the most honest coach in the world but a poor listener. Now which statement do you pick?

Let's assume you select honesty, so that goes top for the moment, with best listener next and encouraging third. So the next statement is, You can be the most honest coach in the world but the least insightful; or the most insightful coach but not honest.

By working through the features you will develop your own priority list. Yes, they do all interact and it is artificial to abstract them in this way but the process of abstraction and ranking assists in identifying importance, creating an identity as a coach and explaining the role of a coach to coachees. Give it a try.

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