Most people have had both good and bad coaches or teachers.
What made one better than the other?
What in your mind makes a great coach?
I believe four traits make a great coach. Some cannot be taught because it's ingrained with the passion of what they do.
A good coach truly cares about the people they work with. You might have experienced it from a coach checking in with you to remembering your name. Caring also means having those hard conversations when it’s needed. A coach won’t always give you what you want, but they will provide you with what you need. They will educate you and tell you why they are doing certain things. For me, that’s caring, and it’s about being invested in the people you are coaching.
Passion & Drive
Yes, it’s work, but in a way, it’s not. They love what they do. You can sense it. They want to be there, and they are fully present.
Passion gets thrown around a lot. To me, it means that it doesn’t matter if you have coached 10,000 hours to date. Someone with passion will still be excited for the excitement for the next 10,000. What will happen? How many people can you help? How can you help to make people better? How can you become better?
Open-minded / Growth Mindset
A great coach will be open to feedback. They are ok with making mistakes. I think in every class, a coach makes at least one mistake. For example, giving a cue or correction that doesn’t work or maybe a workout didn’t go to plan. But the best coaches learn from those situations and adapt. They can assess their classes and clients and figure out how to do it better next time. There is no one way to do anything. There are no absolutes in coaching.
Obsession with Learning
The greatest coaches keep on learning. They will surround themselves with people that challenge them to be better and whom they can learn from. They will continue to educate themselves in a variety of subjects so that they can help others. Their goal is to work at a higher standard so they can offer the best service.
Great coaches are trying to master their craft in whatever they do. You can feel it soon as you have that interaction with them, from a class to a PT session. It’s an authentic coaching experience.
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