Top 15 Characteristics Of Excellent Coaches: Winning The Mental
Game Of Coaching.
What makes for an excellent coach? Is it something that can be learned,
or are great coaches born? Of the coaches you've had, what made
them stand out? Read this article to discover Bill Cole's view of
the top 15 characteristics of excellent coaches.
The Top 15 Characteristics Of Excellent Coaches
Winning The Mental Game Of Coaching
Bill Cole, MS, MA
Founder and CEO
William B. Cole Consultants
Silicon Valley, California
What makes for an excellent coach? What personal
qualities do top coaches possess that separate them from the good
coach? Is it more the training or the inner qualities? Is it more
coaching technique or the artistry? Is it more coaching knowledge
or its application? Is it more natural talent for helping people
or cultivated abilities? Is it insightful analysis of people or
an abiding presence with them?
There probably is no one single attribute that all excellent coaches
possess. Top flight coaches can be comprised of many stripes and
can come from many places, but they all connect with their charges,
they know how to make changes with them and they know how to get
results. Bottom line, they get the work done.
This is my own personal list of what I like to see in coaches. Over
my 15 years as a college educator I trained many, many future teachers
and coaches. I was master teacher to many of them. I mentor many
coaches on a private basis now. Probably the major qualities I saw
that distinguished the great from the very good were these three:
- They cared deeply about people.
- They had incredibly high personal standards and ambitions.
- They had a high level of self-knowledge.
Those three are at least a wonderful starting
point. Now on to the other 15 attributes of top-notch coaches. Top
coaches possess many of these:
1. Exquisite self awareness.
2. High emotional intelligence.
3. Broad vision with focus on important details.
4. Nuanced, crisp, superb communication.
5. Highest regard, caring and respect for clients.
6. Creative, innovative learner and developer of custom coaching
7. Perceptive, intuitive, curious and inquiring.
8. Quick study with capacity for deep and wide learning.
9. Student of coaching and other disciplines that support helping
10. Sincere interest in clients and desire to help.
11. Continuous learner of themselves and their experiences.
12. See coaching as a two way interchange of energies and learnings.
13. Humble, open, nurturing and grateful to the world.
14. View coaching as a calling, an art and a discipline.
15. Walking the talk and modeling a good life for their clients.
Expert coaches work on themselves unceasingly. They are open to
new ideas and philosophies. They study coaching seriously and take
coaching seriously. They care about the person across from them.
That's what it's all about anyhow, isn't it? Helping people?
To learn more about how coach training can help you become a better
change agent, visit Bill Cole, MS, MA, the Mental Game Coach
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Bill Cole, MS, MA, a leading authority
on peak performance, mental toughness and coaching, is founder and
CEO of William B. Cole Consultants, a consulting firm that helps
organizations and professionals achieve more success in business,
life and sports. He is also the Founder and President of the International
Mental Game Coaching Association (www.mentalgamecoaching.com),
an organization dedicated to advancing the research, development,
professionalism and growth of mental game coaching worldwide. He
is a multiple Hall-Of-Fame honoree as an athlete, coach and school
alumnus, an award-winning scholar-athlete, published book author
and articles author, and has coached at the highest levels of major-league
pro sports, big-time college athletics and corporate America. For
a free, extensive article archive, or for questions and comments
visit him at www.MentalGameCoach.com.
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