The “fundamental” characteristics of a Coach

What are the “fundamental” characteristics of a coach?

Embracing the question and . . .

. . . reflecting on the International Coach Federation‘s expression of Coaching (Code of Ethics and Core Competencies) . . .

Coaching is partnering with clients in a thought-provoking and creative process that inspires them to maximize their personal and professional potential.

. . . as well as reflecting on Tom Landry’s expression of a Coach . . .

A coach is someone who tells you what you don’t want to hear, who has you see what you don’t want to see, so you can be who you have always known you could be.

. . . Donald E Gould (@DonaldEGould) and I (@SAlhir) explored five fundamental characteristics of a Coach.

#1 Energy

If you want to find the secrets of the universe, think it terms of energy, frequency, and vibration.
(Nikola Tesla)

Energy and persistence conquer all things.
(Benjamin Franklin)

Without passion you don’t have energy, without energy you have nothing.
(Donald Trump)

Fundamentally, all things have their source and roots in Energy!

Without Energy, there is no potential life or aliveness, but only lifelessness!

#2 Awareness

Every human has four endowments – self-awareness, conscience, independent will and creative imagination. These give us the ultimate human freedom… The power to choose, to respond, to change.
(Stephen Covey)

While Energy is foundational, only with Awareness might Energy be channeled towards honorable or noble ends!

Without Awareness, there can be no actualization of potential Energy!

#3 Confidence

Be humble in your CONFIDENCE yet COURAGEOUS in your CHARACTERS.
(Melanie Koulouris)

Believe in yourself! Have faith in your abilities! Without a humble but reasonable confidence in your own powers you cannot be successful or happy.
(Norman Vincent Peale)

While Energy and Awareness are quintessential, only with humble but reasonable Confidence is it channeled towards honorable or noble ends!

Without humble but reasonable Confidence, there is no potential realization (or making anything real)!

One bridges the chasm from #2 to #3 with “Critical Thinking & Deliberate Practice powered by Insatiable Curiosity at all Levels of Abstraction” — not Arrogance (a lack of appreciation of context)!

#4 Partnership

Of all the myriad ways we define love, there is perhaps none more honest and powerful than this: Great love is rooted in great partnership.
(Sarah MacLean)

Friendship is essentially a partnership.

Only in a Partnership does Energy, Awareness, and Confidence manifest (through Love)!

Without Partnership, there is no shared intent (even when is seemingly honorable or noble ends — we’re all connected)!

#5 Momentum

Enthusiasm is the energy and force that builds literal momentum of the human soul and mind.
(Bryant H. McGill)

Success requires first expending ten units of effort to produce one unit of results. Your momentum will then produce ten units of results with each unit of effort.
(Charles J. Givens)

And only by fostering Momentum does Coaching (and a Coach) manifest impact (execution and results)!

Without Momentum, there is no actual realization (or making anything real — navigating reality)!

Your Thoughts

What are the “fundamental” characteristics of a coach? Energy, Awareness, Confidence, Partnership, and Momentum!

What are your thoughts?


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