Insights for Leaders

Critic vs Coach

Posted on: February 16th, 2009 | 0 Comments

“Any fool can criticize, condemn and complain and most fools do.” — Benjamin Franklin

Author Dave DeWitt writes about leaders who are critics vs coaches. A critic thinks about exposing problems, a coach thinks about attending to problems. A critic tries to impress people, a coach tries to impact people. A critic is issue-oriented, a coach is people-oriented. A critic sees problem people as a hassle, a coach sees problem people as a challenge. A critic makes problems a wall between himself and others, a coach makes problems a wall to climb with others from the same side.

The Bottom Line: Leaders are people-oriented and work alongside others as a problem solver and a change agent.