It’s not uncommon for people to have misconceptions about the types of coaches and mentors that I work with, especially if they have met one. After meeting someone who introduces them as a “Life Coach” and you get to know a little about them and what they do, you might come to the conclusion that this is what life coaches are like. Like most assumptive generalizations, nothing could be further from the truth.
That would be like saying that all government employees are the same. While they may share some similar characteristics, each coach, counselor or consultant is more like an individual work or art and no two are the same.
Out of nearly a hundred different types of coaches I’ve worked with, the most popular include the general life coach as well as coaches in specialized areas of business, career, communication, financial, leadership, mentoring, performance, relationship, and spiritual to note a few.
Each individual coach, counselor or consultant brings their own mix of varying degrees of innate skills, life experiences and professional training to become the ever-evolving version of themselves which they offer to others as a support system, and every one has his or her own unique style of coaching.
For instance, here are just some attributes of coaching styles that you might find in a potential coach:
- Accountability partner
- Acts as a guide and confidant
- Assist individuals in breaking out of their comfort zone and expand their thinking
- Assist others in seeing the superpowers shrouded by infirmity or disability
- Assists in trying new things or a new ways of doing something
- Challenge the person’s assumptions
- Cognitive shift enabling clients to achieve their goals
- Competition coaching in any field from sports to professional
- Focus on experimentation, creativity and innovation
- Goals setting and achievement
- Help others turn bad experiences into treasure leading to a bright future
- Helping people live in the now
- Helps make a considerable break from the past
- Helps remove blocks that may be the result of a hidden fear or limiting beliefs
- Identifies with how the client is feeling
- Identify personal or professional symptoms, find out the source of those symptoms, and help them find solutions
- Increasing performance, personal and/or professional
- Motivation and inspirational
- Reflective consideration, overcoming the past to effectively move forward
- Uncovering expansion of truth and belief systems
- Work with a person resistant to growth
- Work on personal standards and boundaries
- Work with people on who they are, what they want and how to achieve their desires
There are so many different kinds of coaches with so many styles and specialties that it is nothing short of impossible a task to try to lump them all into a particular set of characteristics, even if based on their particular field of expertise.
So, if you’re looking for a coach, keep in mind that one size does not fit all. Find the right coach for you, one whose style resonates with you.
And if you’re interested in becoming a coach or mentor (or already are one) celebrate your individuality and be yourself. Embrace a style of coaching that suits you well and helps your clients achieve their highest and best.