Eight Core Competencies of a Coaching Leader

March 23, 2010

As I mentioned in an earlier post, I am going to share some things from Daniel Harkavy’s book, Becoming a Coaching Leader. Today’s post centers on what he calls the “Eight Core Competencies of a Coaching Leader”.

Following is his list:

1. Discernment – the ability to see what is not visible, to understand what is not being said. Discernment allows a coach to ask effective questions.

2. Conviction-driven – All good coaches believe a few essential truths, convictions for which they will fight. The more clarity you bring to your convictions, the easier you will find both living and leading.

3. Accountability – You cannot ignore accountability as a coaching leader’s greatest responsibility is to help people achieve what they set out to accomplish.

4. Use systems effectively – An effective use of systems allows you to be more consistent in your follow-up, more effective in your questioning, and more accurate in recalling where you left off from your previous coaching session.

5. Communication – When a good coach finishes communicating with a teammate, that person leaves the conversation knowing what needs to be done. He has clarity and doesn’t feel bewildered.

6. Self-discipline – Self-discipline is all about character. Self-discipline is about consistency in every aspect of life.

7. Vision-oriented – A coach has a vision for the lives of others and has the ability to help them see that vision.

8. Leadership – Great coaches are leaders.

Challenging list is it not? I know I have a lot of work to do in the area of coaching others. Again, I would highly recommend this book to you if you are involved in coaching others.

BG