COACHES Many leaders overestimate their own coaching abilities, however, the true measurement of skill does not lie in their belief, but rather in the results they achieve and the perception of the recipients of the coaching. A recent study examined the data of a survey in which 3,761 leaders had to rate their own coaching skills, and the assessments of others. The data of those who overrated their skills was compared to the results of those who underrated their skills. The findings were interesting.
25% of leaders overrated their skills, placing themselves as superior to other coaches. The coaches who underrated their skills, were found to possess above average coaching skills. Based on the assessment, if you think that you’re an above average coach, but you’re not really, the results indicate that you might be much worse than you imagined. Here are the 7 key traits shared by individuals who over-estimated their own abilities. See how you can turn these around to become an effective coach.
5. POOR LISTENER
Ineffective coaches tend to be competitive, which is an unhealthy trait. An effective coach would rather find opportunities for collaboration and cooperation.
Good listeners rely on the perceptions of other people. They listen to understand, without judgment. They want to hear the thoughts and feelings that are of concern to other people.
2. FAIL TO GIVE FEEDBACK
6. FAIL TO ENCOURAGE DIVERSITY
A good coach understands that constructive criticism and honest, clear feedback with actionable steps can help people develop and improve their performance.
Exceptional coaches value the diversity that comes from different race, gender, and age. This attitude is internally motivated, rather than dictated by organisational rules and laws. These coaches truly appreciate and value the advantages of diversity.
3. POOR ROLE MODELS
The seven traits of effective coaches are valuable to a leader in any organisation. Of course, training is also valuable, but it’s not the be-all and end-all of your coaching career. Strive for neverending improvement.
Effective coaches create open, trusting environments where others can have positive and meaningful interactions.
Don’t be afraid to assess your coaching skills, and encourage your team to assess it too. The key to constantly evolving skills, lies in identifying blind spots and building on those. Good skills are a great start, but a good coach will always develop them further.
They understand the importance of trust and give credit where it is due. They actively seek out opportunities to praise and recognise others, making them exceptional role models.
4. DON’T DEVELOP OTHERS
7. LACK INTEGRITY
Exceptional coaches understand the importance of developing others for the future by developing new skills. They invest the time and effort it takes to be fantastic at coaching.
Great coaches honour their commitments and keep their promises because they want to do the right thing.
Published on Oct 6, 2017