Today, I want to cover the first FOUR characteristics that you should look for and evaluate when hiring a coach (for any reason). If you are looking at becoming a coach (or you are a coach already), use this to evaluate how you are comparing. Use this to help you improve your product for those you are helping!
Quality #1: A desire to help other people.
You have to enjoy helping others. If you do not truly have a desire to help other people, then you are only entering this field to make money. This will shine through eventually and your business will fail.
Quality #2: Become invested in your client’s success.
They have hired you for a reason. It could be to help overcome some type of personal problem. It could be to help them achieve some kind of business success. It could be simply to have someone they can talk to confidentially without worrying about the risk it will get back to others. That is NOT to mean you are Psychologist or Psychiatrist nor are you giving that kind of professional advice. It simply means you are offering them a willing ear to listen and perhaps be a guide through some issues they are having that you can help with.
Remember, do not give advice in areas that exceed your skills and qualifications! (For example, leaving the area of psychiatry and things like that – if they are asking for tax advice and you are not a legal and qualified tax advisor, refer them out to someone and do not give them advice in that area).
Quality #3: Push them to become better.
You are not being hired to “be their friend.” You are there to push them to their limit. Then, get them to grow in their ability and push them even further. Much like a weight lifting coach will start by pushing a client to the max lift (let’s just say it is 100 pounds). A person can only lift that amount and not 200 pounds. The coach and can yell and scream all they want, but the person is not physically able to lift 200 pounds.
But, with the proper training and encouragement, the 100 becomes 110. Then 125. Then 150. Until, finally, the goal of pushing 200 pounds is attained! It will not happen overnight. But over the coarse of time, it will happen.
Your coaching program should be organized the same way. Push your clients to achieve all they can do. Then, help them to grow even more by properly training them in areas that will help them to stretch, just a little. Eventually, the BIG goal will be achieved!
Quality #4: Do not become emotionally involved in your client’s problems!
You have immense power in this relationship! If you lose your cool about a situation, you could provide an adverse influence on your client. They need to trust that you will be in control at all times! If they are angry, remain calm. If they are upset, remain calm. If they are emotional and crying, remain in control of your emotions! One thing I learned in law enforcement, “Their problems ARE NOT your problems.” This type of mentality often gives cops a “bad name.” But it allows the officers to do their job and remain focused on the big picture at hand.
I have found this helps me to remain focused in coaching as well.
For more information on this topic, you can watch the YouTube video I created HERE: https://youtu.be/-7ZvpeT-vCs
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Here a few links of other articles I researched on this topic that may have a different perspective to bring greater clarity for you.