What is Coaching?

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There are many types of coaching in today's world. After the Sunday football games, you hear about coaches who did well and those who didn't. I used to say that leadership coaching is much different. However, the job of a sports coach is to help their players reach their full potential. That's what a coach does.

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There are several things a leadership coach does not do. Your coach is not a therapist, psychologist or psychiatrist.  This type of therapy can only be done by trained and licensed professionals. As soon as a coach determines the client’s need includes this type of help, they are both legally and ethically bound to recommend someone to take over. 

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In the same way, some people who seek out a coach are really looking for a counselor. They have issues in their past that may be affecting their current quality of life or decision making process. A coach is not a counselor. Nor is your coach an accountability partner.

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A mentor walks alongside you on your journey, freely sharing from their knowledge, wisdom and experience. A coach does not try to be a mentor. After all, you may have more knowledge, wisdom and experience than your coach, and that’s okay.

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You can see a psychologist, social worker or counselor when you have a diagnosis to deal with. A coach keys on the future. Where you are going is more important than where you have been!