As we are reviewed these past few weeks, the success of a coaching partnership stems from excellent communication. This relates to confidentiality, the formality of setting, eliminating distractions, eye contact, and body language. Interpersonal proficiency is another key skill to effective coaching which includes communication but goes beyond that to see the other person’s side of the situation, reading between the lines, resolving conflicts, and respecting diversity.
It doesn’t matter how smart you are, how hard you work, or how much coaching experience you have, if you lack interpersonal skills you will not be a successful coach. What matters most is how well you relate to others.
The next five coaching competencies will reflect a coach’s interpersonal skills. We will examine the following competencies in the weeks ahead:
Using Observations and Intuition
Being Aware and Open
Confront and Manage Lack of Progress
Respect Diverse Backgrounds