A coach´s social-communicative competences

Coaching is substantially based on the art of relationship building. This entails a highly developed ability to perceive and guide themselves and others in their relationships and interactions.

A coach must be able to connect and align with others and to quickly assess other people and social situations especially in controversial or conflict prone situations.

Core components of a coach’s social-communicative competence are:

  • Relationship Competence
  • Communication Competence
  • Self-reflectivity
  • Self-confidence

Behavioral repertoire 

Social- and communicative competence, for example, expresses itself in respecting a client's perception and personality, creating safe and sufficient space for confidential discussions and being reliable for all agreements and arrangements.

The coach works purposefully and successfully with the client, assesses communication processes in partnership with the client and notices when and how aspects of communication evolve. Coaches express themselves in a clear and easy to understand manner, adapt their communication register to that of the client and recognize conflicts or conflict potential. An experienced coach can also establish and develop contact with shy or closed clients.

Coaching demands highly developed relationship competence. Worldwide.