14 Skills of a Cool Coach

German Football Team Coach

Training and coaching has always been my passion and after conducting numerous training programs over the years. In pursuit of excellence, I am been continuously observing skills, traits and characteristics of successful personalities. FIFA 2014 saw Brazil getting hammered by German team, and the person behind this German success is undoubtedly their cool coach Joachim Loew. In this post, 14 skills of a cool coach, I am expressing my observations on the skills of Joachim Loew which each leader should possess, be it corporate, sports , political or family.

Inculcate & practice:

Advisor – Advising team on the importance of training, tools, hard work & discipline.

Assessor – Critical analysis of each individual on their strengths and weaknesses to compete at highest level.  Over the year I had observed that people shy away from self analysis, which is always the best but how many of us do really subject us to it? Thus a good coach is important.

Counselor – Mere assessing is not sufficient, unless a systematic roadmap is not drawn to achieve desired goal. A good coach always give due respect to the assessment and come out with an out of the box solution which is not being perceived earlier. He not only resolves emotional problems by sharing psychological unrest due to some mind blocks, relieving and reassuring to extract the best.

Demonstrator – An excellent coach demonstrates the skill required to outperform the competition. By virtue of his experience and acquired skills, he has the ability to create a dream and a path to accomplish, leading from the front.

Friend – An accomplished coach always believe in befriending his protégés which built a personal bond or a personal bridge to share social relationships, ups & downs and their success. It is important to keep personal information confidential because if you do not then all respect the team member had for you as a friend and coach will be lost.

Facilitator – By researching the prevailing conditions and environment around, a result oriented coach Identify the competition for the team and helps them achieve their overall objectives planned.

Fact finder – A methodical coach does in depth research to understand the nuances of the completion by gathering all relevant data, disseminating it to execute and achieve final goals.

Fountain of knowledge – Coach be a good learner and achieve a status of excellence in his own field to impart precision finished training. In addition to his domain, he should always strive to keep abreast with latest happening, competition and ground realities, which may be the part of the good advisor role.

Instructor – Executing the road map, arrived after, assessment, counseling and upgrading the skills of each team member.

Mentor – As a mentor, coach is responsible for health, safety and security of each individual team member. At the same time, he is supposed to guide on finer aspects to achieve the optimum productivity both as an individual and as a team.

Motivator – Keeping the motivation levels high irrespective of the failures with an assurance that same team has the capability and competency to overcome the hurdles and setbacks encountered earlier to come out with flying colors.

Organizer and planner – A coach never bogs down to the condition and organize himself and his team to sit around the drawing board for sound planning . He ensures disciplined approach for training and execution.

Role Model – He has to be undoubtedly role model, who commands respect and his words are last words. He is being emulated by each team members for behavior and impeccable integrity for the team.  

Supporter – Even in adverse situation and failures, a good coach always support and shields his team members as he believes in the concept of “WE” than “I”. He possesses a great treasure of wisdom and qualities to support and extend unbiased attitude.

We all love to watch a fight, but there is a gentlemen sitting on the bench coolly with total confidence on his team that they will create one of the finest moments which one will cherish in their life time.

My dear friends that’s an ideal COACH

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Dr. Ravindra Aher is management theatrics stimulator and skills evangelist with rich corporate & academic experience of 25 years, having worked with multinational companies and academic institutions of repute. Always keen to share his knowledge and he is passionate about bridging the prevailing skill gap in students & corporate through structured value added programs. He is an avid blogger and twitter enthusiast. He previews books and promote good reading culture in young generation.

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