Performing a coaching mindset self-assessment, and evaluating your coaching skills at different intervals in your coaching career is necessary for professional growth.
Regardless of what type of coach you are, having the right mindset is critical to your coaching career’s success. Your goal as a coach is to help your clients get to where they need to go, i.e., help them achieve their desired objectives. To become a successful coach, it is important to adopt a coaching mindset.
Definition of a Coaching Mindset
The coaching mindset has to do with having the right thought pattern and the appropriate way of thinking to affect change in your clients. In having the right attitude, you will be suited to successfully offer your clients directions and guidance to help your clients solve their problems and achieve their desired goals. You might possess great coaching skills and techniques, but if you do not have the right mindset, you will be limited in the impact you make in the coaching relationship.
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Coaching Mindset Self-Assessment – Improving Your Effectiveness
There are specific skills that every coach must have to foster growth in the coaching relationship. Skills such as empathy, active listening, trust, powerful questioning, and providing feedback are examples of coaching skills. Now I am yet to meet anyone in the coaching field, veteran, or beginner, that has told me that they are “experts” in these skills, they do not need further training or self evaluations. I believe every coach should be a lifelong learner, No one knows it all or has mastered it all. Every coach must work at their skills, continuing to hone their craft. And so how can you do that? Through self-assessment. Self-Assessment is a transformative tool that will enable you to improve your effectiveness as a professional coach.
Below are just some of the questions you may ask yourself to assess areas where improvement may be required. It is vital to be honest with yourself when answering these questions if you genuinely want to make the necessary changes.
- Am I attentively listening to my clients?
- Do I stay on track in my discussions or conversations?
- Do I show empathy where needed?
- Do I hold my clients accountable for their actions?
- Am I good at asking open-ended questions?
- Am I always in the right frame of mind during the coaching sessions?
- Do I bring personal business or issues to the coaching session?
- Do I provide a safe and judgment-free zone for my clients?
- Do I provide honest, relevant feedback and follow up?
- Do I give and explain instructions clearly?
- Am I able to facilitate group sessions effectively?
- Do I make my clients comfortable and allow them to speak freely?
- Am I open to learning from my clients?
- Am I able to handle negative feedback and criticism?
- Am I ready to do something different, i.e., use a different approach (totally new) if something isn’t working for my clients?
Besides coaches, other professionals such as teachers, salespeople, managers, and nonprofit leaders can benefit from coaching skills and coaching mindset self-assessment. Try this valuable tool and begin working on areas that you need to improve on.
Margaret K. Olubiyi
Writer, Coaches Training Blog community