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Coaching Vs. Training

By Doug Franklin August 11, 2011

This coming year I want to focus on coaching. As I get older, much of my time is spent on thinking about helping young leaders grow into great leaders. I  think a lot about training and how to use training for equipping leaders. Training is tricky, if not done right its worthless, but coaching on the other hand, seems to always work. This is why I am spending lots of time on coaching young leaders instead of training them. The difference is that a coach gets into every aspect of the young leader’s life and customizes the coaching just for them. Training is more of a one-size-fits-all idea, and that doesn’t seem to be very effective. I am going to work on coaching relationships and events that will help young leaders be effective. If you are working with volunteers or student leaders you might want to consider a coaching approach.

About the Author

Doug Franklin

Doug Franklin is the president of LeaderTreks, an innovative leadership development organization focusing on students and youth workers. Doug and his wife, Angie, live in West Chicago, Illinois. They don’t have any kids, but they have 2 dogs that think they are children. Diesel and Penelope are Weimaraners  who never leave their side. Doug grew up in…  Read More