Being a good coach involves interaction on a personal and professional level, and a good coach carries over the leadership ability into their home and family.
A good coach needs to have a high level of social awareness as they have to be able to interact with and
encourage people from all walks for life.
It is not just a role that is important in the sporting arena,
as every field of life needs a good coach to guide people in the right direction.
The right direction is up; so, a great coach will lift staff, athletes,
and private individuals to new heights of efficiency and strength.
Many companies are using coaching skills in their departments to get the best out of their employees,
but not all companies have great coaches,
nor do managers and other leaders necessarily possess all the required coaching skills.
Corporate learning has to occur on all levels to improve productivity and team work,
and the coach must put plans in place to encourage individuals to develop skills and improve team dynamics that will take the company to new levels.
Many external companies offer the skills and workshops that will help businesses grow their own great leaders.
The sports field is similar to the work place, only with less sweat and more stress.
A good Coach should develop the following Skills:
- Social awareness that will enable staff to speak about appropriate topics and engage with all types of people.
A good coach should be able to encourage introverts and monitor extroverts, and enable people to find a common interest with their colleagues.
- Talent identification and development by seeking out the best in staff and encouraging people to use their talents to develop themselves and their team
- Positive attitude that beats all obstacles. This attitude should be contagious to all the people who come into contact with the coach.
An ever-present smile and energetic habits should define a good coach
- Ability to solve problems when they arise, and not shy away from conflict when the tension mounts.
While most people want to avoid conflict, it is a part of life that must be dealt with in the most effective way; otherwise problems will just be repeated.
- Efficiency that passes from the professional sphere to personal life. A good coach will accomplish tasks in all aspects of life without hesitation, delay or procrastination.
This efficiency should be an example to all who interact with the coach
- Any successful coach should achieve wonderful results with their clients, whether they are athletes or businesspeople.
Whether the company needs to increase productivity or improve sales skills or grow as a team, the coach should be able to lead the people towards the goal.
Good coaches are not merely nice people who inspire others; they are also efficient people who achieve results through others.
- Although the goal may be in the immediate future, a visionary will always focus on the long-term and have another goal in mind for the future.
Coaches continually move the goal posts to keep the team on their toes.
More than one coach is needed in professional sports, as there are technical and psychological aspects,
as well as a fitness portfolio to keep players performing at their peak.
In the corporate world, there are many leaders who serve different roles within the company,
and each coach has a separate task that will achieve the same goal if everything is done properly.
As the sporting world becomes more technical and holistic, the professional world is realising the benefits of a holistic approach.
Instead of being merely results driven, many companies are relying on team work and coaching to bring out the best in people.
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Lee-Ann Barnes writes for a South African-based company that specialises in professional business coaching services to help companies get the best out of their teams,
as well as their team leaders.