5 Skills Every Life Coach Needs

Does hiring a life coach really work? It’s a great question that, depending on who you talk to, has a lot of different answers. 

Research reveals that a lot of the answer will depend on the coach’s characteristics, their skills, and their process.  

So what are the characteristics that you should be looking for? 

Well, read on for five skills and characteristics that are crucial if and when you are thinking of hiring a life coach! 

 1. Partnership oriented

Coaches/consultants generally fall on a continuum. There is prescriptive advice-giving on one end and a facilitative coaching style on the other. Research has shown that a facilitation style of coaching is an important factor in positive coaching outcomes. 

A facilitative style is often called a partnership-oriented style. It understands that coaches and clients are equal partners working towards a common goal.

This style also understands clients to be the experts of their own lives. Focus is on identifying the current strengths of the client. It builds on those strengths as a starting point to address the concerns/issues that arise.   

2. Strong interpersonal communication skills

A facilitative coaching style requires coaches to be effective communicators. This enable coaches to be attentive, active listeners who help clients understand and ‘decode’ their needs and wants.

Coaches with strong interpersonal skills will also rephrase or restate client’s concerns with clarity. They will clearly articulate insights of their own. 

3. Big picture thinking that focuses on incremental steps

Coaches and consultants can offer a big-picture mindset to situations and experiences. As they are not bogged down in client’s day-to-day stresses, coaches can point out larger patterns and dynamics that may be difficult for clients to see.

Big changes for clients can happen spontaneously and quickly.

However,  results that are sustainable into the futures generally happen through persistent, smaller strategic steps along the way. Transformation happens when coaches can convert this big picture thinking into incremental, measurable steps in action plans. 

4. Quick learner

A great life coach will help you identify an action plan moving forward. To do so, they will first learn about who you are, what you need, and the dynamics of your current situation.

This means your coach/consultant will need to learn about you in a short amount of time. He/she will also need to be able to process large amounts of information quickly. A clear and effective process facilitates this speedier learning curve.   

5. Creative, adaptive problem-solver

Creative and innovative thinking allows coaches to sees connections between people, ideas, and systems. 

Innovative thinking is required in effective problem-solving. It permits out-of-the-box solutions to everyday issues. Being adaptive also allows coaches to be flexible and responsive to the client and their needs, and adapt as necessary.

From my own experience as a coach/consultant I’ve found these five characteristics to be key in achieving successful outcomes for my clients.

Interested in hearing more about how I’m able to help my clients? Contact me and let’s talk!