What Makes an Effective Business Coach?

Being an Effective Coach and Mentor

For those seeking to engage the services of an external business coach, or those who are considering becoming a consultant or mentoring themselves and providing business coaching to others within their organisation.

Knowing the answer to this question will play a crucial part in either choosing a business coach or the areas which they need to concentrate on to develop into an effective coach and mentor in the near future.

Attributes of a good business coach

Many key attributes are vital for a person to be an effective and valuable business coach and mentor to others.

For starters, they need to have a high degree of knowledge regarding business matters related to the issues currently encountered by those to whom they are providing coaching and mentoring.

If they do not have such knowledge, how can they provide meaningful advice and support? It is also highly beneficial for the coach to have experience in such matters, either experiencing the same or similar problems themselves during a previous career or working through such issues with others in the past.

Successful business coaches include:

Potential Downsides

Whilst they may have a tremendous amount of knowledge and skills regarding all manner of different business issues, if they have no prior experience in helping others to overcome problems, then their efficacy at getting others to overcome their metaphorical barriers which are preventing them from reaching their maximum effectiveness in the workplace will be limited.

An effective coach and mentor must also be a good listener who can listen and understand fully the issues being explained and experienced by the individual.

The coach must have specific personal characteristics which facilitate the coaching and mentoring sessions, making the individual comfortable and able to talk freely about the issues, but at the same time being firm enough to keep the session on track at all times and to bring about the desired outcome.