What is Expected from Coaches

Selecting Coaches and mentors

Coaches come from many backgrounds

Coaches come from all kinds of backgrounds and professions. Not surprisingly, coaches tend to like people, and many coaches come from ‘people’ and ‘caring’ professions.

Coaches come from backgrounds as varied as these, and the list is certainly not exhaustive:

TeachingComplementary Therapies
NursingHuman Resources
ManagementPersonal Trainers
ConsultingVoluntary workers
Prison ServiceCharity workers
TherapyArmed forces
CounsellingEmergency services
TrainingService industries

And many people on business, institutions, management, and organisations of all sorts learn how to become coaches to enrich their existing roles with the very special skills, methodologies and philosophies that coaching entails.

Poor coaches and mentors, by contrast, use their position to:

  • exaggerate their importance or the level of their knowledge
  • intimidate learners
  • undercut aspects of the organisation’s process or outputs.
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