That’s right for the new coach, it’s a little scary. Do this. Don’t do that. But that is how to separate the coaches, new or old, from the non-coaches. That’s right: does and don’ts. To be effective, a coach, new or old – I mean new or experienced, must have the judgment to do the right thing, in the right way, at the right time.
Be Your Own Judge – Do You Really Care or Not
If you conduct yourself as a physician or a priest used to – untouchable in their integrity – then you will be a great coach, guided by your own compass to true north. Yes true north, comforted in the knowledge that it simply exists, even if you have lost your sighting of it from time to time. And then like everyone who has ever been encouraged by their hopes and dreams, you will dare to imagine that you can guide your life, and that of others, by the light of that guiding star.
For All Coaches, New and Old, Must Be Guided By Their Own Hearts
While a new coach may take some time to come to terms with it, they will eventually realize that the guiding principle, the true north if you will, is actually a force acting within their own hearts. Now it is only a matter of having the confidence to listen to the voice within.
The New Coach Faces a Crisis of Faith and Confidence
So we have seen that the new coach is challenged to do the right thing or anything or, worst of all, to cower away and do nothing. Certainly all new coaches must have inspiration and courage. Yet as experienced coaches we must take up our role and offer the guidance and encouragement, that comes from that mixture of knowledge, experience and genuine caring, that we share.
JTS Advisors Strategy and Accountability Coach