20 Qualities Every Great Coach Should Nurture


Coaching is a multi-billion dollar industry. Yeah, that’s billion with a “b”. And it seems everyone wants to be a coach these days. Yes, it’s lucrative, and yes, it’s fulfilling – but can anyone have the qualities it takes to be a great coach? 

The answer is yes and no.

It’s a yes if you’re willing to learn how to be a great coach and apply what you learn through hundreds of hours of sessions with clients. It’s a no if you happen to think that coaching is just about asking a bunch of questions and hoping your client comes up with the solution himself.

It’s also a no if you think that coaching is about telling your client what to do.

The truth is, becoming a great coach requires developing a range of coaching skills and qualities which, combined with a proven methodology, will create the results and impact any coach wants to create for their clients.

Can Anyone Be A Great Coach?

Some may think individuals who are “born to coach” are literally born with these qualities.

But that’s not true. 

These qualities are skills and, just like any other skill, they can be developed, honed, and nurtured, whether you believe you were “born with it” or not. 

Any aspiring coach can be a great coach if they are willing to do the work on themselves first, so they can then impact their clients. And what will ultimately differentiate a good coach from a great coach is the consistent and never-ending leveling up of these qualities and skills to keep getting better and better at mastering the art of coaching. These qualities include: trustworthiness, active listening, courage, honesty, compassion, curiosity, and many more! Let’s dive into each of these 20 qualities of a great coach.

20 Qualities of a Great Coach

Here are the top 20 qualities of a great coach you need to know about. While you read this list, rate yourself on each quality from 1 (being lowest) to 10 (being highest).

This will help you identify which qualities you need to focus on and nurture first, so you can level-up and become the great coach you can be.

1. Compassionate

Great coaches are compassionate. They truly feel for their clients and the struggles and challenges they face.

They are, first and foremost, kind, and uplifting. They can put themselves in their client’s shoes and hold a safe space for them to fully express without judgement.

A great coach never resorts to shaming, threats or scare tactics to motivate a client.

2. Supportive

Great coaches take their clients’ struggles seriously, no matter how small or insignificant these may seem. It doesn’t matter if a client is trying to complete a small project or trying to win a battle against cancer; a great coach is supportive of any and all of these challenges.

Great coaches have an incredible ability to walk a mile in their client’s shoes yet retain enough distance to see the big picture and offer guidance and direction.

3. Learning Machine

Great coaches have an insatiable thirst for knowledge and improvement. They’re learning machines. If there’s a book, course, program or training that can help them develop themselves, their business or their skills as a coach, they’re on it like white on rice.

A great coach never gets tired of learning from different sources and methodologies, and never ever says “I know enough. I can stop learning now.

4. Innovative

Great coaches are always looking for ways to level-up their coaching skills and their methodologies. They never get tired of experimenting, switching, upgrading, or changing their coaching styles and format.

In a sea of coaching experts, innovation sets the great coach apart from everyone else. They strive to learn from different methodologies and coaching models, testing different techniques to create results for their clients, and creating their own unique coaching methodology.

5. Humble

Great coaches are more than happy to learn from their clients. In fact, they’re thrilled to learn from them. They’re never “know-it- alls” who talk down to clients from the “high horse” of knowledge and power. They’re willing to admit mistakes and make things right with a client and they’re always willing to learn from other coaches. No matter how good they become, they’re the first to tell you that there’s someone better they can learn from.

6. Awesome Listener

Great coaches listen more than they talk. They’re not about trying to come across as “clever” or “fascinating” to their clients. They know that client sessions are about the client and not about them. They don’t love to hear themselves speak.

Often, a truly great coach gets completely lost in what the client has to say and holds no thought about themselves. They are present in the moment, judgement-free, at all times. 

7. Curious

Possibly one of the most important qualities of a great coach is being curious.

They want to know why the client feels a certain way. They want to know what inspires a client, what makes them tick, what puts them off and what keeps them going. They want to know everything there is to know about their clients so they can find the perfect way to help a client.

8. Grateful

Great coaches are grateful. They’re grateful for their clients, their profession and the fact that they’re able to help others. This deep gratitude helps them lean into their work and give their best no matter what else is going on in their personal lives. Great coaches do not taking their work or their clients for granted. Ever.

9. Excellent Communicator

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10 Reasons Why You Need A Life Coach

By Wanderlust Worker

“Each person holds so much power within themselves that needs to be let out. Sometimes they just need a little nudge, a little direction, a little support, a little coaching, and the greatest things can happen.” — Pete Carrol

No matter how you look at it, life is hard. With so much pressure and so many obligations, it’s clear to see why we often feel overwhelmed and anxious. As the weeks, months and years pass, that pressure mounts. It piles on top of us, adding more weight to the shoulders that can’t seem to bear another ounce of it.

Yet, we carry on. We move forward, facing everything that life throws at us. As a result, we suffer. Our personal lives decline, our good habits falter and fail, and we retreat into the comforts and confines of the status quo that we’re so used to. It’s easy to allow life to pass us by when we’re so consumed by meaningless tasks and time-wasters.

That’s the reason why a good life coach is so important. We often get so ingrained and set in our ways that it’s hard to see things from a fresh perspective. It’s difficult to fathom and digest the possibilities that exist out there in the world when we’re so used to operating within what we’ve deemed “safe” for so long.

Two decades ago, when I was kid living on Long Island, I had this piano teacher. My mom sought him out because he was so highly acclaimed. He had taught once-famed musical stars like Billie Joel and Debbie Gibson, how to play the piano. Okay, so you might not know who they are, and no I’m not that old, but back then they were a pretty big deal.

My point? He used to sit there in the room, 10 feet away or so in this old brown leather armchair, and he would just know when I struck the wrong cord. He didn’t even need to sit by me. He was coaching me from across the room, eyes closed, because he was that good. Because of him, I became an amazing piano player. He simply knew how to teach me the right way.

His perspective on chords and how to unlearn bad behavior along with how to institute good habits when playing the piano have stuck with me all these years. As a piano teacher, he was second to none. I can still hear his voice in my mind as I sit down in front of the piano. As my fingers hover above the keys, I hear him speaking.

It sounds a little bit far-fetched, doesn’t it? But that’s what a good coach can bring to the table. And for anyone that’s serious about excelling in this world, a good life coach is instrumental to that. I can think of dozens of reasons why they can quite literally transform the state and quality of both your behavior and your ability to reach your goals, but there are 10 core reasons why I think they’re so important.

What Is A Life Coach?

In sports, we often hear about coaches to the world’s most elite athletes. They sculpt and shape those individuals into who they are. When we’re talking about playing a sport at the highest levels, we often know that there’s a coach embedded in there somewhere. But it’s not just in sports.

In business or in life, we might refer to some of these people as mentors. They help to guide us through some of the most tumultuous times and steer us in the right direction to achieve our goals and our dreams. It’s difficult to see things from a fresh perspective and realize what you’re capable of without them.

But not all of us have access to mentors. Not all of us are proficient in networking or in touch with people playing life at its highest levels. That’s the beauty of having a life coach. You don’t need to know someone who’s rich or famous or who has the proverbial keys to success. All you need to do is to enlist the help of a professional who can help to guide you through things.

So, what is a life coach? It’s not just a mentor. It’s not just a friend. It’s not just a coach in the most basic sense. A life coach is a partner, someone who’s there for you through life’s most difficult and challenging times, able to guide you through and help you  to see things differently, refine your approach and achieve your loftiest dreams.

Most of us are so set in our ways, that unless we have an objective third-party actually point things out to us, we often fail to notice the things that are setting us back. It’s a monumental undertaking to do this by yourself. With that being said, here are the 10 reasons why you absolutely must have a life coach if you’re serious about succeeding at whatever it is that you’re aiming for.

#1 — You Have Trouble Following Through With Goals

For most people, achieving goals is hard. It’s not just the art of goal setting that they find difficult, but actually following through. However, a life coach can help you not only define your goals, but also to help you find powerful enough reasons for why you must achieve them in the first place.

Beyond than that? A life coach can offer you a fresh perspective on why you maybe haven’t been able to achieve the big goals you’ve wanted in the past, and just how you can reorganize your life to empower you rather than to continue holding you back. They also act as an accountability partner, there right by your side, step by step, to ensure you see things through.

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