In the past couple decades, life coaching has evolved from a service used only by the world’s most successful people to something that anyone can take advantage of. Why? Because it’s an incredibly effective way to overcome the obstacles in your path and efficiently strive towards your goals. Regardless of what challenges you’re facing or what your ideal life looks like, everyone benefits from a relationship with an outstanding coach.
With that in mind, there comes another question: what makes a great life coach? The industry is growing ever faster, and many people seeking this invaluable service have to make the decision of which coach to work with. Of course, this isn’t entirely objective. What works wonderfully for one client might not be suitable for another. Coaches have different coaching styles, personalities, and approaches to their work, all of which can be a good match for you or not. However, there are a few vital traits that you should always be on the lookout for when choosing a life coach. Here are my top seven traits of a great life coach!
The number one thing a life coach should offer you is their perspective. A life coach views your life and your goals with an unbiased outside perspective, and helps you to see it in the same unbiased way when needed. When we’re only focused on your day-to-day life, we’re often not able to gain an objective, pragmatic view of our lives. Solutions to our obstacles are often hiding in plain sight, and we need a little help to see them. Life coaches often draw from their own experience (both in life and in their career) when offering their perspective, so you need to look for this wisdom when choosing. It’s also important that your life coach isn’t one to mince words or only tell you what you want to hear. Sometimes, these outside perspectives can be difficult to confront, which is why it matters so much that you find a life coach who gives it to you straight.
Students do homework, athletes work with trainers, and the world’s most successful people work with life coaches who are making sure they’re putting in the work. Life coaches are only as successful as their clients, and there’s no better road to success than accountability. General goals and gentle encouragement are helpful, but nothing will propel you like having someone in your corner to hold you to your plans. When choosing a life coach, look for one who keeps you accountable for your actions and is in turn accountable for themselves.
It’s true that being organized is one of the most essential aspects to success. Unfortunately, it’s also one of the most overlooked. So it’s no coincidence that great organizational skills are at the top of this list! Life coaching is about setting goals, strategizing on how to achieve them, and taking tangible action to execute on those plans. None of this would be possible without strong organization on your coach’s part and, in turn, on your own part. Your life coach should always be on time, prepared, and have all the information they need to make the best use of their time with you.
Focus is a vital trait in any leadership position, and a life coach is no exception. How else can a life coach offer great guidance? The best life coaches offer a hyper focus on each milestone in someone’s roadmap to success—it’s this diligence that allows clients to get the all-important objective look on their lives that they need.
Some life coaches focus on just a few specific issues in their clients. This could be business-related, such as helping entrepreneurs and business owners succeed in their field. Other coaches focus on weight loss, while others might specialize in planning careers or bettering habits. Regardless of your coach’s specialty, you should always ensure they’re extremely knowledgeable on the topics at hand. As a client, you expect that your coach is an authority on anything they’re speaking on. If there’s anything that indicates your coach doesn’t know what they’re talking about, it might be time to consider finding a new one.
6. Solution Orientation
Another trait of a great life coach is a mind for problem-solving. From one perspective, life can be viewed as a simple series of objectives and obstacles. While life is often a lot more nuanced than that, this viewpoint is nevertheless invaluable for people looking for tangible actions they can take to achieve their goals. This way of thinking, where you realize you need to do X and Y in order to overcome Z, doesn’t always come naturally to people, which is why you should always look for it in a life coach.
Finally, a life coach should show a truly intrinsic energy and enthusiasm for their work. If you’ve ever worked with a life coach, you know that the lowest days are when we feel unmotivated or it feels impossible to achieve what we want. In those challenging times, there’s nothing like the infectious energy and positivity of a life coach to help you keep your chin up and keep persevering. A life coach should give you hope through plans, goals, and actions, giving you the endurance you need to overcome obstacles in your way.
You don’t have to look too far for the right life coach for you
If you’ve read through this and you’re wondering where to find a life coach that ticks all of the above boxes and more, look no further. In my many years of coaching, and many more of working in various business and leadership positions, I’ve learned exactly what it takes to be the best possible coach for my clients. I operate with dedication, focus, diligence, and accountability, and I always, always put in the work to serve my clients to the best of my abilities.
When you choose a life coach, you’re entrusting them with more than you might realize. You deserve to work with someone who respects and honours that trust, and consistently works to help you wherever possible. If you’re looking for a qualified, experienced, and highly organized coach who can help guide you on your journey to success, I’m here to help.
If you have more questions about what makes an excellent coach, or you’re ready to get started with my coaching and other services today, contact me!