Everyone Needs A Coach
Coaching is used as an instrument to unlock people's potential by helping them to learn, rather than teaching them. Coaches are expected to guide individuals; without imposing or instructing. Most often, coaching is confused with mentoring. These constructs are interconnected but different. A coach draws from the individual and allows them to freely initiate their solutions/ strategies. On the other hand, a mentor, which is usually a more experienced person, guides and advise the less experienced individual by imparting knowledge. However, coaching and mentoring can work together to ensure a full development of an individual. A good coach will mentor, and a good mentor will coach.
'Coaching and mentoring focus on the person, not the subject, they draw out, rather than put in, they develop, rather than impose, they reflect, rather than direct, they are continuous- and not one-time events’ (Serrat, 2017).
As humans, our highest-order goal is to reach our full potential in order to lead a meaningful life. Sometimes we are blinded by our own thoughts and hermeneutical grids which cloud our judgements in terms of what we can achieve. Hence, we need a coach or a mentor to assist with the process. Maslow’s hierarchy of needs better elucidates this point. It shows that individuals have a highest-level need (i.e., self-actualisation) that drives people to seek growth and personal development.
FIVE REASONS WHY YOU NEED A COACH?
1. TO FACILITATE CHANGE
2. PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT
4. HIGH PERFORMANCE
5. SKILLS & KNOWLEDGE TRANSFER