Instructor/Coach Attitude Checklist

Here is a checklist of attitudes that instructors and coaches must have.

  • You do not have to be right all the time to be credible. Credibility actually comes from genuine listening.
  • You gain respect not by demanding it, nor by demonstrating prowess; you gain respect by giving it.
  • Every reasoning person who believes a thing is in some way correct. Find that first.
  • When challenged, always start by backing up and finding agreement. It’s always there.
  • Ask questions they can probably answer. Minimize trick questions and gotcha’s.
  • Never put a student under pressure, never put them on the spot.
  • Never make a student wrong, or feel that they have “lost”. You win only if they win. If you defeat them, you’ve failed.
  • Teaching is leading, and vice-versa.
  • “A good leader does not get people to do good work. A good leader develops people through work.” (Peter Drucker)
  • You’re not there to give them answers, you’re there to strength their ability to find the answers, in their own way, without you.