Essential Coach Quality: Courageous

Revisiting the seven Essential Coach Qualities

The fifth essential quality a coach should possess is courage. 

Courageous 

1. An effective professional coach is able to create a safe space that invites sharing and boldness.

Coaching requires the coach to be comfortable with vulnerability and taking risks by asking tough questions. Coaching courage shows up in the coach’s willingness to take risks, ask tough questions, and address the elephant in the room if one is romping around. 

2. A coach is willing to be direct and state their observations, insights, and suggestions without being attached to whether the client agrees with the idea or not.

Suggesting solutions is a tricky area for a coach, because many coaching qualities suggest the coach refrain from being the expert, providing solutions, or telling a client what to do and how to do it. However, in practice, the coach will have suggestions and ideas for the client. Courage as a coaching quality addresses how well the coach is able to share those suggestions or insights with the client from a life coaching perspective.

In a coaching session, this involves saying what you think (giving a suggestion/idea), and following it up with a powerful question. For example: I think you’re deluding yourself here. What are your thoughts? or I think you really need to take this step. What do you think? Not being attached to the rightness or wrongness of your intuition or suggestion allows you to fully empower your client. And if your intuition or idea is off the mark, clients usually follow up with articulating what would make your suggestion fit perfectly. Even when wrong, you have provided your client with an effective starting point to evoke an insight.

How this shows up on a coaching assessment:

Does the energy on the coaching call feel safe?

Does the coaching conversation reflect intimacy and strength in the coach/client relationship?

Was the coach bold in asking insightful or risky powerful questions?

Did the coach work with the energy present in the coaching conversation?

Did the coach interact with the client and the client’s energy, rather than stick to a scripted exercise?

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