“Thriving kingdom leaders are like pure gold. They are very valuable and they are quite scarce. Loving, fruitful and multiplying leaders are works of art, masterpieces fashioned by the hands of God himself. Like trees bearing fruit in season, their leaves don’t wither and they fulfil the call God has for their lives (Camacho, Tom. Mining for Gold (p. 11). IVP. Kindle Edition).” I like the way Mr. Camacho compared “thriving kingdom leaders” to purified gold because I believe that the level of purification (as gold) determined the level of scarcity, the level of loving and the level of fruitfulness of a leader in his/her leadership role; and most of all it depends on how much a leader yield himself/herself to the process of purification. Mr. Tom Camacho in his book, “Mining for Gold,” taught me three important points: (a.) God’s way of selecting leadership, (b.) God’s way of preparing leaders for their leadership, and (c.) God’s way of leading leaders through their leadership.
Coaching is defined as, “to give advice and instruction to (someone) regarding the course or process to followed (https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/coaching).” Joe Frodsham, a member of the Forbes Coaches Council wrote in his article, “Six Success Essentials of High Impact Coaching” that within the last two decades, leadership coaching has grown at a rapid and has become so popular and that the revenue from this kind of business in US alone will be over $14.0 billion (Forbes Magazine Nov. 22, 2022). Frodsham continued by stating that in order for a coaching to be impactful and successful, it must include these six essentials: (1.) outcome focused – goal oriented, (2.) relationship enabled – mutual trust, (3.) assessment driven – self-discovery, (4.) timed – existence of a balance level of urgency, (5.) short feedback loops – progress should be reviewed, and (6.) measurable – there should be improvement.
I would compare the relationship of the coach and the participant to a parent teaching his/her child how to ride a bicycle. It started out as the parent hold and push the bicycle until while instructing the child to turn right as the bicycle leans left and vice versa. Then as the child improves, the parent gives a last push and still giving the child instruction to turn the handle left as the bicycle leans right or turn the handle right as the bicycle leans to the left side. And within the training sessions, the child fell, crash and even some scraps and scratches to go along. And the most important element is the existence of trust between the child and the parent. The child will trust his/her parent will be caring while the parent will trust the child that he will be able to follow directions and be kept out of danger. The mutual trust would be that the goal would be accomplished.
I believe the essential element of coaching or being coached is existence of trusting relationship between the coach and the participant. And within this context of leadership, a coached leader must trust in: (a.) following God’s way of preparing leaders for their leadership journeys and (b.) following God’s way of leading leaders through their leadership journey. And in process of preparing leaders for their leadership journey, I like the way Mr. Camacho introduced it in his book when he quoted Malachi 3:3, “He will sit as a refiner and purifier of silver, and he will purify the sons of Levi and refine them like gold and silver, and they will bring offerings in righteousness to the LORD.” This refining and purifying process would be the preparation process for a leader for the leadership journey.
Secondly is the leading process. In the apostle Paul charge to Timothy he said, “But as for you, continue in what you have learned and have become convinced of, because you know those from whom you learned, and how from infancy you have known the Holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus. All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work (2 Timothy 3:14-17).” In this leading process, a lesson learn from Paul and Timothy is that following God’s leading leaders in their leadership journeys is by continuing in the word (that have learned) because it is the main sources of teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness.
At the end of Mr. Camacho book, “Mining for Gold,” he described what a thriving leader is, which he believed that it should be the goal of coaching leaders or coached leaders. He said that “our goal in Mining for Gold is to develop godly and thriving leaders (Camacho, page 171 kindle).” He then continued to describe flourishing leaders as: “(1.) Flourishing. They are growing and developing vigorously, (2.) Planted in community. They put down roots and build deep and lasting relationship, (3.) Doing God’s work. They commit themselves to seeking his kingdom and his righteousness first, (4.) Bearing fruit. They are living from their design and thriving from their sweet spot, and (5.) Being continually renewed. They are experiencing freshness and renewal regularly. He termed this as “fullness” of being coached.
In my summary, I would say that effective coaching or Highly impactful coaching can also be achieved through trusting in the refining process (as in gold) and trusting in the leading process which is the self-immersion in the edification through God’s word. The essential element here is the TRUSTING or giving of oneself. Then this could lead to the “fullness” of being coached.
(Camacho, Tom. Mining for Gold (p. 11). IVP. Kindle Edition)
Frodsham, J. (2022, November). Six Success Essentials of High-Impact Coaching, Forbeshttps://www.forbes.com/sites/forbescoachescouncil/2022/11/22/six-success-essentials-of-high-impact-coaching/?sh=8ff0dce3a74a