Coaching focuses on people learning rather than us teaching them. The Holy Spirit teaches and reminds (John 14:21). Coaches actively listen and ask reflective questions, supportively challenge limited beliefs and behaviors – all in order to assist people to hear from God and respond to Him.
This practice of coaching in leadership development is actually a throwback to the historic roots of word “coach”, which is the Kocs wagon of 15th century Hungary. A coach figuratively “carries” a person to his or her desired destination through ongoing conversations, thought-provoking questions, and support.
· A coach focuses on the agenda of the coachee. The coachee decides which goals or problems to work on, not the coach.
· A coach uses powerful questions to generate new learning. The coach does not teach or advise, but rather asks questions and listens.
· A coach encourages action. The coachee develops his or her own action steps, not the coach.
· A coach supports change. A coach follows-up to support personal learning, growth, and change, rather than demanding change.
Those who are coached (coachees) are in the driver’s seat. They choose their own growth goals, reflect deeply…Continue Reading