After coaching for over a year, I finally realized the one super power that successful coaches must have.
Would you like to guess what is it?
It is to be able to listen deeply.
Yes. God gave us two ears and one mouth, just so that we can listen twice as much as we speak.
When I first started out coaching, and in fact, even till now, I find myself being too eager to speak instead of hearing what the coachees have to say. And that has resulted in myself missing out on what the coachee is really saying sometimes. Or what he or she is not saying.
One year on, I have learnt to take a step back more. To “hold my tongue”. And listen deeply to what the coachee is trying to communicate.
The questions that run through my mind as I listen are, “What is the coachee really saying? What is he not saying? And why?”
And this has tremendously improved the quality of my coaching.
Would you agree that listening deeply is the most important superpower of a coach?
Why or why not?