ATD recently tweeted out a few questions to engage fellow trainers on the topic: What is coaching?
My answer was:
Uncovering what’s inside a person, their gifts/strengths/desires/interests and bring it into the outside space of their lives. Helping them become maximized.
To me, that is the heart of it. There is a lot involved in helping a person dig down into the depths of themselves, and it sounds easier than it is.
A skilled coach has the ability to bring out what’s inside a person. Proverbs 20:5 says, “The purposes of a person’s heart are deep waters. A person of understanding [a coach, mentor, friend, etc] draws them out.”
A coach is skilled in the area of listening and asking questions. A coach is not an adviser per se but is more like a facilitator of a conversation we have with ourselves.
Coaches help us solve our problems. They don’t necessarily give us the answers but help us find the answers.
A coach is able to help a person first see the dots of their lives, and then connect the dots. Connecting the dots provides a neuro pathway to our success pathway. It provides a mental visual, a way of seeing where we’ve been, what we’ve done, what we desire, and who we are leads us to where we should go.
What a coach is, and what coaching does reveals the value of having a coach in our lives. It is the opportunity to become the best version of ourselves and get to the next level in our leadership path.
And who doesn’t want that?