What qualities, skills make a good coach?

02/18/2013 | Education Week Teacher

Educators take many paths to become coaches, but they need strong communication skills and emotional intelligence to be successful, transformational leadership coach Elena Aguilar writes in this blog post. "Effective coaches use an extensive set of skills, have deep and wide content knowledge, and have developed a number of dispositions that allow them to engage others in a learning process," she writes. Aguilar also proposes several requirements for would-be coaches, and suggests courses and policies be developed to prepare educators to take on such roles.

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