Last week I was part of a panel of S&C coaches talking to sport science students about how to pursue a career in strength and conditioning. We discussed our various career pathways and then offered some advice regarding what we felt made a good coach.
Teleri Wilson (S&C Coach at Leeds Metropolitan University) spoke about the essential 'skill set'. I really liked the concept and Teleri has kindly agreeed for me to use it on this site.
S&C Skill Set - Coaching Skills
P - presence
E - education / knowledge
R - respect
F - friend
O - open / open-minded
R - relationship - athlete/coach/physio & support network
M - motivator
A - adaptability
N - negotiation
C - communication
E - excellence / professionalism