How can coaching help overcome this common problem?
An essential coaching ingredient is the ability to develop rapport and trust so that your client can be honest with you without the fear of being judged and told you must not do that. If a client says, ‘I think its OK to do 35mph in a 30mph speed limit’
If you immediately say, ‘That’s against the law, you shouldn’t do that!’ the likely outcome is they won’t do it again while they are with you or on any type of driving test. The problem is what will they do once they have left you. Giving people the opportunity to explore their behaviour in a safe learning environment will help give drivers the ability to self-evaluate and develop a level of emotional control. To be able to do this they must be allowed to think freely and work out safe and sensible solutions so they can develop themselves in a post-test environment.
Coaching though isn’t easy – not if you want to do it well. You may have experienced a common answer when rapport has not been successfully established - you know the one ‘I dunno’
However, coaching someone successfully can be a profoundly rewarding and inspiring experience, especially when you see the benefits for yourself and your clients.
I have some questions for you to ponder on below:
- What makes a great coach?
- What skills and attributes do you already have?
- Which ones do you need to develop?
Coaches have a number of important skills, including:
- Emotional intelligence and intuition
Emotional intelligence is made up of five elements:
1. Self-Awareness – This is being able to look inward, think deeply about your behavior, and consider how it aligns with your moral standards and values.
2. Self-Regulation – This determines how far you can control your emotions, feelings and impulses.
3. Motivation – People with high emotional intelligence know how to delay immediate gratification in exchange for long-term success. By focusing on building this skill, you can coach others to do the same.
4. Empathy – Empathy is putting yourself in other people’s shoes, and understanding their perspectives better. This trait is incredibly important in coaching.
5. Social Skills – People with high emotional intelligence know how to build and maintain good relationships.
If you are interested in developing your essential coaching skills then the BTEC Level 4 Professional Award in Coaching for Driver Development is just for you.
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