Most people think of sports when they hear the word coach. A popular image of an athletic coach brings to mind a person with in-depth knowledge of a particular sport, good strategies for working with and motivating athletes, and the ability to try different approaches for athletic success. This type of coach can serve as a good reference point when thinking about coaching in other contexts.

Coaching defined more broadly is a focused approach or strategy in which coaches support people (sometimes referred to as coachees) as they learn new information, gain skills, make life transitions, and set and achieve goals. Coaching emphasizes positive growth, development, and future orientation as a coach helps a coachee to unlock his or her natural potential. Coaches often work with ...

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