What are the basic life coaching skills you must have as a life coach in order to be successful? I will mention at least five of them I consider the most essential. They are active listening skills, asking powerful questions, goal setting, actions and accountability.
What is life coaching? The International Coaching Federation, the gold standard of coaching, has defined professional life coaching as partnering with clients in a thought-provoking and creative process that inspires them to maximize their personal and professional potential. The method of coaching often unlocks previously untapped sources of imagination, productivity, and leadership.
The life coaching profession is rapidly growing and becoming more competitive than ever. The need for life coaches is ever increasing in all facets of our society. You have people from all social classes utilizing the services of a life coach, from the ordinary person working 9 to 5 to celebrities making thousands of dollars in a day or week. Hence the importance of a life coach having the right skills and tools to be successful in a competitive and flourishing market place.
Basic life coaching skills are the fundamental skills needed to be an effective and successful life coach. These skills or abilities help the coach support their clients in fulfilling desired professional and personal goals. Several coaching skills play a significant role in the coaching relationship and process; some produce almost immediately, a better outcome for clients. What are the five basic coaching skills every life coach must have? They are:
Having listed these basic life coaching skills above, one thing that is important to keep in mind is this,
Periodically over the course of one’s coaching career, it is necessary to perform a thorough self-assessment of one’s basic coaching skills. Why? Doing so helps you as a coach identify any weaknesses and improve on them. Knowing where you are today and enhancing your coaching skills can develop an effective coaching process and coaching relationship.
Margaret K. Olubiyi
Writer, Coaches Training Blog community
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