You're like a teacher, right?
Not really. Although there is tons of learning in coaching, a teacher's job is to provide knowledge and evaluate their students to ensure comprehension. Coaching is a bit different...
I get it, you are a consultant!
Well... consultants are subject matter experts that provide recommendations on solutions. A coach does not need to be a subject matter expert to help clients find breakthroughs...
Then you are kind of like a therapist...
Sorry Charlie, not a therapist either. Therapists work with clients on uncovering past events that are having an impact on their current situation and help them heal so that they can move forward in a positive way.
You must be a mentor then...
Not quite either... A mentor provides their clients with directions based on their personal experiences. A coach partners with our clients so that THEY can find their own answers.
So what the heck DO you do???
You were not entirely wrong. All coaches have a little mentor, therapist, consultant and teacher in them. However, a TRUE coach works with clients to help them determine action steps that will allow them to reach their goals. We do this by providing insights, support and accountability. In essence a coach:
- Discovers, clarifies and aligns with what the client wants to achieve
- Encourages client self-discovery
- Elicits client generated solutions and strategies
- Holds the client responsible and accountable