What makes a good coach?

A good Coach is someone positive, enthusiastic, supportive, trusting, focused, goal-oriented, knowledgeable, analytic, observant, inspiring, respectful, patient, and the embodiment of integrity.

They must have an in-depth understanding of the fundamental skills, foundations and practices of their chosen subject. Be able to plan and provide a simple, structured environment for clients to succeed.

To immerse oneself in the seeking and application of knowledge whilst having creative and visionary qualities. While a good coach would need to know a great deal about their discipline, we must continue learning and developing new skills.

Staying up-to-date and informed of novel research, training, and everything in between that supports the coach’s ability to provide world-class service. Not being afraid to seek out help and mentorship from other coaches, trainers, and industry professionals is a sign of a great leader and studying regular Continued Professional Development (CPD). These come in a range of subjects of interest and specialism, such as sports psychology, nutrition and exercise physiology, to name a few. It is readily accessible for anyone who wants to grow and improve. Made even more attainable with advanced learner loans and special accommodations being more readily available.

Obtaining knowledge is essential, but having the confidence to share and seek others’ opinions, especially with those from outside of your specialism, is a crucial quality.

Being felicitous to try new things and ideas in the pursuit of improving performance. The best coaches clearly understand we are here to educate.

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Aaron Gibson
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