The art of being coachable

The art of being coachable

by Pamela Ng 03 Feb 2020

As children, we absorb all the knowledge and experience around us to become more aware and in some sense, smarter and more intelligent. Regardless of age, we should always strive to retain that inquisitive nature that children are so well-known for. Unfortunately, some people do not. They think that what they know is absolute and fall into the trap of thinking “that’s all she wrote”. Yet, remaining coachable is a virtue that retains its importance, especially in today’s world.


Why must we be coachable?


With the explosion of knowledge and readily-available information that’s synonymous with today’s digitally-empowered landscape, it is important now more than ever to be open-minded when it comes to learning new skills and concepts in order to remain relevant in both work and life. Every profession has its own challenges, so it is vital to learn how to manage them, and also how to adapt to the ever-changing demands of the job.


On a more personal level, it is important to learn how to develop and maintain friendships and relationships of all kinds. Communication is key. By listening and understanding the other party, we are better positioned to see things from their perspective and from there, build a connection.


How to be more coachable?


1. Humility

Being humble helps one to come to terms with the fact that they do not know everything. In turn, they will be more willing to listen to others and be more open to suggestions. On the other hand, a person with too much pride will have more difficulty listening to and acknowledging other people’s advice.


2. Hard work

You can learn a new skill quickly but without practise, you will never improve and may even lose it. Research has shown that repetition is the best way to retain memory and knowledge. In the case of sports, muscle memory is especially crucial. In order to better oneself, time must be invested. You don’t necessarily have to be perfect at the skill; you just need to not be bad at it.


3. Trust others and surrender yourself

To learn from other people, you would need to trust in the person’s expertise and be welcoming to what they teach. If you are doubtful of your potential teacher or mentor, it is your right to enquire more about the person’s qualifications before engaging in them. By excessively controlling what happens in your life, you close your mind to new sources of knowledge and experiences.


Learning is essential when it comes to personal development. It is important to be able to open your mind to new things and new information. Being coachable helps you to learn better and ultimately, provides you with more opportunities and skills in building better relationships.