In his book, Christian Coaching: Helping Others Turn Potential Into Reality, Gary Collins says that there are characteristics that every good Christian coach possesses. The best coaches are:
- Aware of their values
- Growing in self-awareness
- Always learning
- Realistically optimistic
- Enthusiastic about change
- Action oriented
- Courageous enough to be forthright
- Genuinely caring
- Trustworthy and respected
Strong and effective coaches know themselves. They understand where their strengths and weaknesses are. A good team leader (coach) has a clear understanding of their core values. Their overall goal is to help others grow. James A Belasco says that "Coaches help people grow. They help people see beyond what they are today to what they can become tomorrow."
Effective team coaches are also:
- self aware
- have synergy with the people they coach
How are you doing as a Christian team coach? One of the greatest gifts you give to your team, according to Gary Collins, is the fact that you can be trusted. When you betray the trust of other people, those relationships will be destroyed and so severely damaged that there will be little chance to repair them. One of the greatest marks of an effective team coach is found in the ability of those around him to trust him.