Servant leaders take a coach approach to help those they serve. Being an effective coach takes practice, but it is not complicated.

It is as simple as this:

  • Be present and approachable
  • Listen
  • Ask good questions
  • “Stand Strong” for the person you are coaching

I believe the true impact from the coaching process is the ongoing relationship you have with the person you are coaching, and how well you “Stand Strong” for them.

I currently have two formal coaches that are true servant leaders. One is my book writing coach, and the other is my coaching coach.

Both of these coaches make it very clear they want the best for me. My book coach has a lot of experience both in writing books and in coaching others through the process. He does not let me settle for just OK. He pushes me for my best, while holding out high expectations and helping me see possibilities that I might not have otherwise seen. He “Stands Strong” for me.

I have a friend that is going through his fourth cancer surgery today. It is remarkable to see people coming around him and “Standing Strong” on his behalf. We all want the very best for him, and right now being present for him, letting him know we are with him every step of the way, and most especially praying for him is how we can “Stand Strong” for him.

Standing strong for someone you are serving as a coach or as a friend entails:

  • Being present when you are needed
  • Allowing them space to explore their ideas
  • Wanting the very best for them – possibly more than they want for themselves
  • Always believing in them – even when others may not
  • Praying for them daily

Be a person of impact and “Stand Strong” for:

  • Your spouse
  • Your children & grandchildren
  • Your extended family
  • Your friends
  • Anyone who needs help!

Who are you Standing Strong for?

Mark Deterding

Anyone who does not provide for their relatives, and especially for their own household, has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever.    1 Timothy 5:8