Core Competencies

The Champion Mindset Coaching Federation has identified 15 core competencies that are necessary to become an effective and competent coach

A. Coaching Relationship

1. Meet ethical guidelines

As a competent Champion Mindset Coach, it is important to abide by the ethical guidelines and code of conduct established by the Champion Mindset Coaching Federation and consistently modelling high standards of honesty, integrity and professionalism.

2. Establish clear coaching agreement

As a competent Champion Mindset Coach, it is important to agree and establish a clear and effective contract for the coaching relationship after you have determined that there is an appropriate match between you and your coachee and the parents.

3. Establish and sustain mutual trust

Trust is the glue that holds a coaching relationship together. A trusting and respectful relationship is the most important element in successful coaching. As a competent Champion Mindset Coach, it is essential that you create a safe and supportive space where your coachee will feel comfortable and be open in sharing. When your coachee is fully engaged, open and trusting of you, the coaching relationship will be at a deeper level and more likely to achieve the desired outcomes.

4. Set healthy boundaries

The relationship between a Champion Mindset Coach and your coachee is a special and rewarding one. However, it should not be a friendship but a professional relationship and is best served by setting healthy physical, emotional and mental boundaries. This is particularly important as we are dealing with children and youth. Healthy boundaries will allow you to focus your energy to support your coachee in creating the desired outcomes.

5. Maintain confidentiality

It is important to bring parents into the coaching relationship to support the coachee while maintaining confidentiality of what is shared to you in a coaching session. We have a duty as a competent Champion Mindset Coach to respect the coachee's trust in revealing private information. There should be a clear agreement that is understood by both the coachee and parents regarding the limits of confidentiality. If what is discussed in a coaching session is something that the coachee would not want the parents to know, one should respect the decision of your coachee, unless the situation warrants a breach of confidentiality.

B. Communication

6. Active listening

A competent Champion Mindset Coach is a great non-judgmental listener who is able to focus completely on what the coachee is saying and not saying. You are not just hearing the words but understanding the complete message being sent by listening on all levels; verbal, physical and emotional.

7. Ask powerful questions

A competent Champion Mindset Coach is able to use powerful questioning techniques to facilitate your coachee’s thought process and allow your coachee to think, feel or act differently in order to facilitate change.

8. Effective communicator

A competent Champion Mindset Coach is able to communicate effectively by being clear of what you say and how you say it during coaching sessions. You are able to clearly communicate expectations, goals, and feelings to your coachee. As an effective communicator, you will also provide relevant feedback and acknowledgement to the coachee.

C. Facilitate and create desired outcomes

9. Create and raise awareness

Self-awareness is an important result of coaching. As a competent Champion Mindset Coach, you are able to help your coachee to create self-awareness by asking powerful questions, observing and giving feedback. You are able to expand your coachee’s ability to self-reflect and self-analyse.

10. Drive results

As a competent Champion Mindset Coach, you are able to facilitate and support your coachee to set stretched and achievable goals and take self–directed actions to create the desired outcomes for lasting personal growth & change.

11. Manage progress and accountability

As a competent Champion Mindset Coach, you have a process and system to hold your coachees responsible and accountable for ensuring that they do what they are going to do and when they are going to do it. You are constantly measuring and monitoring the coaching progress and outcome. You are comfortable to confront your coachee and parents who are not following through on commitments.

12. See the unique potential of your coachee

As a competent Champion Mindset Coach, you are able to see beyond the current results and limitations of your coachees and support them to unleash the unique and full potential within. You demonstrate interest in your coachee and are curious about their lives, goals, experiences and perspectives.

D. Being in the ‘moment’ as a coach

13. Dancing in the moment

A competent Champion Mindset Coach is fully present in the moment in a coaching session with the coachee; you are truly with your coachee in that moment and not distracted by psychological interferences such as the process, your own thoughts or fears. Self-awareness and authenticity are a foundation and enabler of coaching presence. By dancing in the moment, you are able to address new issues and learning opportunities as they arise.

14. Be intuitive

As a competent Champion Mindset Coach, you are able to develop access to and trust your intuition, and taking the risk to share with your coachee on what you pick up intuitively.

15. Self-mastery

As a competent Champion Mindset Coach, you walk the talk and are fully aware and in control of your own thoughts and emotions. You have a realistic perception of your strengths and development needs and show a commitment to continuous learning and self-development.