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What Character Traits Do You Need to Become Life Coach?

Updated on November 12, 2015

Need to Become a Life Coach

If there was a big book of lists anywhere which details what you need to become a life coach, there wouldn't be anything listed because you don't really “need” any skills, degrees, training, or specific qualifications to become a life coach.

Coaching Qualifications – The Difference Between Need and Should

Though there is nothing specific you need to become a life coach, there are a few things you should have before you think about becoming a life coach. The first thing you should have is certification. You should sign up with a good coaching program, learn the needed skills and knowledge, and get your certification. This is not a legal requirement, but in an increasingly competitive industry like coaching, it is certainly needed. However, this article is talking about the character traits you need to become a life coach – some of these you should already posses and some you can learn.

6 Character Traits You Need to Become Life Coach?

Here are a few of the most important character traits needed to become a life coach:

  • Integrity. All professionals, if they want to succeed in the long term, must have integrity. Are you trustworthy and honest? You must always do what you say, say what you mean, honor the promises you make, and keep sacred the trust of your clients.

  • Empathy. Can you feel the pain of others? Are you able to put yourself in an individual's shoes and experience their world for a few moments? Your clients will be asking you to experience their pain, anxiety, fear, frustration, and distress. Your clients will expect you to understand their goals and dreams. If you can't place yourself in their world, you may have trouble helping them.

  • Patience. Coaching can be a long process. Clients need time to trust and open up before they can even begin to move forward. Coaches must allow their clients time to respond to the process of coaching.

  • Thirst for knowledge. Do yo love to learn new things? Do you enjoy discovering more about the world? Do you value a life-long pursuit of knowledge and information? As a coach, you will be expected to pursue education for the length of your career. The coaching world is ever-evolving with new skills and theories – you must keep up with the constant changes in the coaching profession to offer your clients the best value.

  • Questioning. Everyone can ask questions, but can you ask powerful questions? The art of inquiry is an essential skill for coaches. Powerful and pertinent questions are at the core of coaching. This is one of the character traits that you need to become a life coach that can mostly be learned...though having a curious nature sure helps.

  • Active listening. This is another trait that you need to become a life coach that is learned. This is actually more of a skill than a trait, but it is so important it needs to become a character trait if you want to succeed as a coach. Active listening is all about using the words, the tone, the context, and the body language a client uses to assess the situation and the needs. It also focuses on restating what you heard as a confirmation, and listener feedback. Active listening is giving your full attention to the client and listening with all your senses.


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