Could you make it as a great coach?

Coaching provides a framework to help people find their own solutions. We spend our lives problem solving but when it comes to solving problems for others, it’s important to guide instead of just giving solutions.


Coaching is more about holding up a mirror for someone so they can see the relationship between their strengths, weaknesses, and what it is they want to achieve.

The One Minute Manager is a big fan of coaching. In the Monkey Management edition, the author surmises that it’s tiring for a manager to have all the solutions. If you’re managing 20 people, it’s impossible to solve all their problems for them. You become overwhelmed. By introducing a coaching approach, you’re helping people gain the skills and resilience to help them develop in their own ways.

Similarities and differences between training and coaching

The objective of training – trying to improve people and move them forward in life.

One main difference – in training you are teaching someone, with coaching, you are helping people learn and make the decision for themselves.

Coaching is seen as more empowering, it’s focused on what success looks like for the individual and how they want to achieve it. To be a good coach, it’s important to have good emotional intelligence, or EQ (emotional quotient) as it’s known in the industry. This includes a range of skills, including empathy, awareness of a situation, and the ability to adapt to the person in front of you.

You need to have a lot of practice behind you too. When you are exploring someone’s personal experiences you are inviting them to tell you their life story so it’s highly personal. You need to be able to advise in the correct manner. 

8 key competencies of a great coach

Contracting, Active listening, expressing self, managing progress, building rapport, questioning, deeper understanding, closing.

Listening on many levels is something special that a coach can bring and it’s such powerful stuff. There’s a fantastic book about active listening by Nixaly Leonardo that teaches coaches key tools in improving communication.

Effective questioning is also important. You’ll be amazed at how very few questions you need to ask in a coaching session and more amazed at how many answers you get when you do. Open-ended questions are a must such as who, why, what, how, and where.

One of the most common questions ‘how do you feel about that’ constantly supporting and checking in while verifying key points throughout a session. Each time you ask that you get more thoughts and reflections.

Pausing is such an important skill it elicits more information to allow the individual to think more deeply.

Think you could make it as a coach? Get in touch with us today to find out how you can become a qualified coach, whether you’re just starting out or if you’re looking at doing further qualifications.