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Accelerating Your Development as a Leader: A Guide for Leaders and Their Managers by Robert Barner

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Understanding Your Role as a Coach

Some Common Misconceptions About Coaching

Having talked about the importance of coaching, I would now like to shift gears and talk about what it takes to succeed as a coach. Perhaps the best way to start is to take a careful look at five of the more common misconceptions that people have regarding the coaching process:

Misconception 1: Coaching Is Therapy. To perform as a therapist, an individual needs to possess very specialized skills, applied training, and appropriate academic credentials in the areas of clinical or counseling psychology. A therapist takes on a completely non-directive role when helping clients address important emotional or adjustment issues. Another characteristic of therapy is that therapeutic ...

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