When you are at the networking event and you go up to a person and told them you are a coach, what was their immediate reaction?

Well I’m sure that almost all the time, you are mistaken for a sports coach – even so if you have a physique that matches one! Technically they are right, because modern business coaching has its origins from the sports world.

Collectively, coaches are synonymous to sports. They centre on the aspiring sportsmen/women on performing at their ultimate best, whether individually or as a player in a team. Coaches are the driving force, momentum builder, the pillar of support and always continually pushing their charges for excellence beyond their present successes!

The sports world is varied, and there are many different approaches to coaching. Essentially there are four different styles as described below. As you read, remember, no two sports are the same and so are their coaches. However, they all have one thing in common – their ultimate goal: encourage their coaches to be the best they can be!

1. The fun coach
The fun coach is more interested in taking part and having fun than in winning. Words used by this type of coach is, “Give them all you’ve got, but if we win, that’s fantastic. If we lose, that’s cool too. You’re here to have fun so ‘go out and have fun.”
This style of coaching is ideal for coaching children. This coach enjoys the game and taking part. If you’re late for practice or don’t turn up, it’s no big deal. The coach’s approach is friendly and non-threatening. As a result, everyone likes the fun coach.
The downside of a fun coach is, talented players get bored because they are not stretched to their limit. These players may leave to join a better team—or they may be stolen by a more ambitious coach!

2. The technical coach
The technical coach believes that success depends on being mentally and physically focused, and expects high levels of commitment. This coach uses words like, “Being a successful athlete means giving 100 percent of your performance. You have to be committed to the goal. Every activity can be broken down into elements. Practice those elements over and over, and in time, you’ll improve.”
This coach is the technical coach. Measurement and repetition are the focus for improvement and is based on breaking down each activity into the nuts and bolts or component parts.
Being coached by this person can be difficult. It’s not sociable, and sometimes this can strain the coachee’s relationships with others.

3. The bigmouth coach
The bigmouth coach inspires a team through fear. For example, the bigmouth coach might say, “If you can’t give your best, then I don’t want you here. There’s no room for losers! You know what’s expected of you, so you better deliver.”
Excellence is expected of big mouth coaches and he/she despises failure. This coach makes it very clear what is expected, and the team feeds off the coach’s energy and self-belief. The bigmouth coach disparages the coahees and seldom gives praise. However, when this coach does give praise, it is sincere and highly valued.

4. The democratic coach
The traits of the democratic coach mutual trust and confidence. The democratic coach would say, “I set tough goals, but I know you can reach them. I’ll do everything I can to support you. If you succeed, that’s you know you’ve reached greatness, but sometimes you fail and it’s inevitable. It doesn’t mean you don’t have the ability or but I still belief in you.”
The democratic coach has a calm and confident manner, and believes in every coachee. This coach often delegates responsibility for coaching to assistant coaches and empowers the players themselves from the trust built between them.

In the sports world, a coach is judged solely on the performance of his or her coachees or team. Although coaching styles may be different, the central focus is the same—to enable individuals and teams to reach their full potentials. Modern business coaches don not differ much. That drive and support to the coachees to excel and be the best they can be is still inherent.