Effective team coaches assist people in taking responsibility for change. This calls for the coach to help clarify goals and assist in the development of a workable plan. Good coaches are also those who give healthy guidance and encouragement.
According to Gary Collins in Christian Coaching here are what good coaches do best:
- Keep aware of their values
- Listen carefully and give reliable feedback
- Ask questions and in other ways assess each person's experiences and desires
- Focus conversation to avoid distractions and stay within time constraints
- Guide discussion to consider the person's personal spirituality and walk with God
- Help people being coached envisions the future, clarify their missions, improve skills, and reach goals.
- Resist temptations to dominate the conversation, talk about themselves, or give advice
- Stimulate awareness, responsibility, and change
- Focus on the present and the future, not on the past
- Be trustworthy, available, honest, and committed to integrity
- Encourage and show optimism
- Speak the truth in love
- Aim for collaboration and good communication
- Keep confidence (Christian Coaching, page 51)
How are you doing as a team coach leader?