Coaching – who finds it easy?

Portrait of Socrates. Marble, Roman artwork (1st century), perhaps a copy of a lost bronze statue made by Lysippos
‘I cannot teach anybody anything. I can only make them think’ (Socrates)

Being able to coach – and convincing others that you can – is socially desirable. Who would ever admit to being an ‘average’ coach? And yet, nature dictates that just as some people make great coaches, other don’t.

  • Are you a pure Socratic coach, deft in the art of the penetrating question?
  • Are you a blended leader, pragmatic in the use of coaching and skilled in other leadership styles?
  • Are you an expert leader, committed to ‘show and tell’ as a way of developing the skills of other people?

Our research and on-going practice in building a ‘growth-mindset’ offers insights into three different ways of building people’s capability to grow others.

Take a look at our simple research paper and see if you can identify with one or all of our findings and tell us if this resonates for you.