Think about the best coaches you have ever meet or heard of — what separates them from the rest?
At the same time, there are other coaches who struggle, fail, cause problems and worse.
What’s the difference between those coaches?
There are many critical differences. A few observations from my experiences of what those *developmental* coaches do:
1. They put athletes first. Bottom line — everything is secondary to the development of the athlete.
2. Those coaches are going some place, they have a vision. They tell people what that place is and then help them get there — and they make sure it’s a good place to go.
3. They have a high quality coaching platform. Meaning what they do is based on values and positive traits.
4. They value and nurture relationships. Relationships are critical to coaching, without good, solid, positive ones a coach will never succeed.
5. They take care of themselves. They get rest, eat well, and have a life outside of coaching.
6. They let people see them sweat. They make mistakes. They look like they’re humans.
Not one thing on that list is easy — yet they are all critical if you plan on being around in coaching for any length of time.
I think — a lot more.