Be Coachable

by Dr. Regina Campbell

“I like to listen. I have learned a great deal from listening carefully. Most people never listen.” Ernest Hemingway

I have been fortunate to manage and lead people for the past eighteen years. I found that those individuals that are coachable by adhering to and embracing feedback are more likely to be successful. Individual that are coachable have a strong desire to learn and grow. These individual are considered great team players. Coachable employees not only desire to learn and grow but they are usually committed to the overall vision and mission of the organization. Why are some employees more coachable than others? Traits of coachable employees usually possess great listening skills, humble, lifelong learner, desire to develop personally and professionally, and adaptable to change. On the other hand employees that resist feedback are usually not willing to change, not willing to embrace feedback, rebellious (want to do things their way), stubborn, and likely to have conflict with other employees.  Most important these skills are not just exhibited on the job but in other facets of that person’s life outside of work. I encourage opening your mind to be willing to receive coaching and feedback from others. Understand we all have so much to still learn in every area of our life so embrace feedback as this is a method for your growth and development.

When you have done a job for so long or worked at one company for a significant amount of time it’s easy to become comfortable. When you become too comfortable you could sell yourself short and think that you have reached the pinnacle of your career. I encourage you to always keep an open mind to new higher levels of opportunities and don’t allow your fear to paralyze you from applying for something that will require a greater use of your skill set. If you have passed up opportunities because you think you’re not capable don’t sell yourself short. You’ll be surprised that you are gifted and talented beyond your wildest dreams. When you sell yourself short you make statements like “I can’t”, “I am not cut out for that” or “I am not the one for the job.” If you don’t sell yourself short you can reach a level of success that you truly have always desired and dreamed. For example I was asked to take on an executive leadership position after serving a number of years in middle level management. My first thought was I am not capable of leading at the executive level. However my mentor reminded me of all those things I was doing and stated now it’s a matter of moving beyond your comfort zone and using the same skills in a broader way. She was correct and I learned that my ability rose to the occasion as time went on. Therefore I encourage you not to sell yourself short but step out and believe.



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