Tips on Being a Good Mentor/Coach

According to basketball head coach and executive head coach Chot Reyes, the act of coaching and mentoring is a selfless act. It is all about giving oneself because it is all about the coachee or mentee and goes against the grain of self-centeredness that we see today in society. Reyes emphasizes the importance of being kind and sharing one’s knowledge in order to be a positive influence in the life of another person. 

Some of the people that he has mentored go on to become good mentors themselves, and for Reyes, that is the real return of coaching and mentoring. He advises that organizations should have their coaches on the internal and external levels, as coaching improves their talent and improves their processes. An important factor in being a mentor in an organization is raising the engagement in people to improve their productivity. 

Ultimately, Reyes believes that the issues we face cannot be solved by the heroic individual alone and it is important for teams of leaders to come together. It is important for coaches and mentors to develop leaders to help them better battle the ills or the negatives of society. The foundation of being a leader, according to him, is their heart, and identifies several factors and qualities that good coaches and mentors should have in order for them to be effective. 

The Foundation of the HEART of a Leader

  • Health
  • Nurtured by Emotional intelligence
  • Powered by an Agile Mindset
  • Sustained by Resilience
  • Scaled by Teamsmanship

The 4Ps of Communication

  • Presence
  • Permission Check
  • Purpose
  • Positive Intent

The GROW Model

  • Goal
  • Reality
  • Options
  • Way forward

In the end, developing new leaders through effective coaching and mentoring is all about being prepared and ready for the future, because according to Reyes, it is never too early to prepare for the future. For more inspiring stories, life lessons, and words of wisdom from different industry leaders, watch PLUS Talks or visit PLUS Network on FacebookInstagramTwitter, and YouTube.

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