Coaching has definitely become mainstream. It seems as if high potential people in senior positions, at the mid-level, and even on the front lines in organizations have access to performance coaches these days. But does that mean that all high performers are a good fit for coaching?
In their book Coaching in Organizations, master certified coaches Madeleine Homan Blanchard and Linda Miller devote a chapter to tips that help ensure a productive coaching relationship and also create a nurturing environment for the person being coached.
In addition to making sure the potential coachee has a clear understanding of what to expect from the coach as well as the coaching process, the authors recommend that anyone pursuing a coaching relationship have seven additional qualities.
Ever wonder if you would be a good candidate for coaching? How would you score yourself in these seven areas?
- I am enthusiastic about the concept of continuous professional development and learning.
- I am willing and able to identify at least one key area in which I can commit to change.
- I am open to finding a minimum of one hour of company time per week to speak to my coach.
- I am willing to share openly about myself and my perceptions with someone outside the company.
- I am an early adopter of new ideas and behaviors.
- I see myself as a trailblazer, risk taker, or leader.
- I am fundamentally proud of working at my organization.
A successful coaching relationship is not something that should be entered into lightly. A person being coached not only must have a clear sense of what is to be gained from the investment of time, but also must be prepared to enter into a full partnership with their coach.
So—are you coachable? Would you add any other characteristics/statements to this list? Use the comments section below!