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Transformational v. Transactional Coaches

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Transformational v. Transactional Coaches


Former Baltimore Colt, Joe Ehrmann was knows as the toughest man in the NFL.  Today, Ehrmann is coaching and coaching coaches.  He writes in InSideOut Coaching that there are 2 types of coaches - transactional and transformational:

Transactional Coaches use players as tools to meet their personal needs for validation, status, and identity.  They hold their power over their athletes to elicit the responses they want.  Coach first, team second, and players’ growth and needs last, if at all.

Transformational Coaches use their power and platform to impart life-changing messages.  They are others-centered and seek to nurture and transform players into thriving men and women of empathy and compassion.  Players first, team second, and coach’s needs met by meeting the needs of players.


The #1 way coaches coach is the way they were coached.  Most of us were coached by transactional coaches and, without even thinking about it, we use the same transactional coaching methods that were used with us.  The coach’s whistle is used for authoritative instead of transformative power.


While most coaches are transactional, there is hope!  Click on this link from All Pro Dad to begin your journey:

10 Steps to Becoming a Transformational Coach

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