- Jeff Caliguire
Why Coaches are Today's New Spiritual Leaders
Updated: Aug 28, 2022
There's no shortage of information. But that's not enough. There's still terrible disengagement, depression, under-performance, and the spiritually dry and empty places of worship.
Some years ago, I read these words from business guru Ken Blanchard, and they immediately stopped me in my tracks. He wrote,
"In my travels, I find that most people today are restless and hungry to get ‘into the game' and experience the deeper meaning of their lives…."
Then he concluded by saying, "They just don't know where to start."
Wow! "They just don't know where to start." Pretty sad, right? At the time, Blanchard's words articulated my chronic sense of "something missing." I wanted deeper meaning but wondered if I needed to settle for "Buck up little camper. Sometimes life's just hard!"
I couldn't escape it. I honestly still hungered for meaning. And I started to realize I wasn't alone. In my travels and personal chats with men and women as a pastor at the time, I discovered others were hungry too.
Sure, there was a lot of great literature out there to help on topics of purpose, spirituality, and all that. Great talks from preachers (I even hoped I was one!) and the Tony Robbins and Dr. Phil of the world.
But I found it hard to find a legitimate place to start. A safe place to move ahead and make a change. …. Until now!
There's good news. No, it's excellent news! Today there's hope for the kind of transformation and place to engage the deeper meaning Ken Blanchard said was missing.
Since the '90s, there's been an emergence of a whole new kind of person with a specific calling, focus, training, and expertise.
They're called "coaches."
Coaches are the new spiritual leaders in the world today.
That's right. As a coach, you encourage and empower change for individuals, families, companies, churches, cultures, and, even countries. Honestly, in ways, I didn't even do as a pastor.
You bring hope they can experience more profound peace and change. You help them transition from stuck to free. You offer ways to radically improve businesses, careers, health, relationships, and financial situations.
By coach, I'm not talking about sports types (though they change lives too!) I mean those who coach life, leadership development, health, career transition, relationships, and soon even soul care. (stay tuned!) Coaches offer hope that turns goals into reality, transitions people to new levels of productivity, and also make destinies attainable.
In a world hungry for the experience of transformational purpose, not just the concept, coaches unlock that.
1. Coaches help stuck people get unstuck.
2. Coaches help those without a vision or dreams to discover them.
3. Coaches help companies struggling with cultures of dissension, constant turnover, and disengaged employees change that.
How? Well, that's where the spiritual element of the coaching comes in. And it relates to something my wife Mindy said while speaking to an audience in Denver last winter. She said,
"There's a difference between the transfer of information and transformation."