If you’re thinking your team needs a little coaching and you’re the right individual to do it, pause a moment. Are you truly qualified to be a good coach? What actually makes a good coach? Is it simply the ability to show others how to do what you’re good at, or tell them how you were able to achieve success?

Not so much.

There’s a difference between teaching and coaching. Your colleagues, regardless of if they’re further down the corporate ladder than you, already have some experience and skills. They likely don’t need to be taught — they just need coaching, so they can use their skills and experience to their benefit.

A good coach challenges the thinking of the coach-ee for the purpose of breaking them out of the particular problem box they’ve found themselves in, using certain questioning tactics that help the coach-ee uncover solutions for now and in the future.