Hi there. I’m working on a piece about coaching in a business setting. I am, of course, relating business coaching to athletic coaching. The way I see it, the commonalities between the two really get at what makes a great coach great. Or a Master Coach masterful, depending on your semantic preference.
Below are the attributes of a great coach that I’ve written up with some specific competencies (sales pitch – from our TMS Competency Model). Where I’m l0oking for input is in the attribute statements. Based on your experience as a coach or coachee, whether in athletic or business settings, let me know if I’m missing anything major or if I look totally off base. I don’t think I’m totally off base, but let’s see what you people of the interwebs have to say about that.
Here we go…
Attributes of a Master Coach:
- Has obtained and maintains a high level of technical expertise in the area they are coaching.
Ö Technical Aptitude
Ö Functional / Technical Skills
- Can accurately assess an individual’s capacity often before they can and seeks to leverage this capacity for success.
Ö Assessing Talent
- Sets the bar appropriately high for long term goals and breaks those down into achievable intermediary targets.
Ö Thinking Strategically
Ö Goal Setting
Ö Judgment / Decision Making
- Collaborates on ways to close the gap between current skills and targets.
Ö Encouraging Others
Ö Developing Others
Ö Problem Solving
- Motivates people to continue the work that leads to higher performance levels.
Ö Managing Execution
Ö Motivating Others
Ö Directing Others
- Implements feedback loops to keep track of progress against targets and enabling refinement of the plan as necessary.
Ö Confronting Others
Ö Continuous Improvement
- Fully invested in the coached employee’s (or athlete’s) positive outcome.
Ö Leading Courageously
Ö Integrity / Trust
Ö Relationship Builder
- Presents self as a role model for success and achievement.
Ö Credibility / Values
Ö Self-Awareness / Confidence
Ö Openness to Others
Comment away, por favor.