How Coaches Apply Skills Differently – 1 of 3

The application of core competencies as a coach varies based on training, individual difference, and experience. In this blog series, consider each of these influencing factors in turn.

The training includes skills taught in the work place, and coach specific training hours. Many coaches have years of work experience prior to becoming a coach. Professional development training is focused on workplace application, which means the focus of the training is different than when it is coach specific training. At the same time, the skills are part of the core competencies of coaches. For example, skills commonly taught in the workplace that are also taught to coaches include:

* Ethics
* Interpersonal rapport and trust
* Listening
* Communication
* Planning
* Goal setting
* Accountability

In the workplace, the intention is to develop each individual for the greatest contribution to the team and organization. As a coach, skills are used to enhance effectiveness working with an individual as their strategic partner:

1. The skills as a coach are focused on creating a positive, productive relationship with the coachee – the number one indicator of a successful coaching relationship.
2. A coach uses their skills to empower their client in developing their own skills and achieving their desired results.
3. A coach provides perspective, opens thinking, and strategizes with clients using developed skills.

In coach specific training programs, the skills are taught with the application during coaching as an inherent component of the learning focus.

What skills do you recommend coaches learn?

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