Before You Start
Congratulations for your willingness to be a Spiritual Leadership Coach.
Before you start coaching be sure and read
Roles and Responsibilities for the Spiritual Leadership Training
Coach and Spiritual Leadership Missionary/National Leader
will help you see the vision and process for spiritual leadership coaching.
important to remember this is a coaching experience. As
such, your role is to make sure the Learner has gained as much as possible
from the training topic and, based on your experience, wisdom and learning,
you add value to the coaching conversation.
There is a
sequence of skills the SL Coach must apply to assure success. These
skills are not based on importance--they are all equally important--but
rather on what skill you apply first, second and third.
Skill - Your Questions and Listening A coaching experience is
based first, on discerning what the Learner knows and then what the
Learner doesn't know. Self discovery is an important experience for
the Learner as they have sorted through the information from the topical
article and completed the Discussion Handout. Asking open-ended
questions is foundational--particularly questions that are placed in the
Learner's context. For example, for a field missionary, a series of
open-ended questions from the topical article, Correcting Ministry
Performance, could be, "How do nationals in the culture where
you minister respond to critical feedback? Is it different from your
experiences in the U.S.? In what ways? How would you approach a
correcting meeting differently, or would you?"
must feel you understand there are differences in leadership application
from culture and country to culture and country.
Skill - Your Leadership Knowledge You don't have to be a trained
teacher of leadership to be an effective SL Coach. But the Learner
needs to have the confidence and assurance that like them you've read and
processed the assigned article. Displaying an understanding of the
basic principles of leadership will add credibility to your conversation and
confidence to the Learner to ask follow-up questions and seek your view or
Skill - Your Experience Your own experiences, both good and bad,
add richness, context, depth and insight to the process. Not all new
experiences fit into your prior experiences box but a part of wisdom is
learning from prior mistakes. Beyond that, your experiences may help
an emerging spiritual leader see a bigger picture or understand a larger
concept. Be careful, of course, how long and detailed your stories
are. Just remind yourself, it's all about the Learner.
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