"This is the dream that I, King Nebuchadnezzar, had.
Now, Belteshazzar, tell me what it means, for none
of the wise men in my kingdom can interpret it for
me. But you can, because the spirit of the holy
gods is in you" - Daniel 4:18.
In Daniel 2, the king trusted none of his advisers and demanded that they tell him both his dream and the interpretation. In today's verse, the king trusted Daniel and told him the dream. Daniel had advised the king previously in what he needed to do and eventually the king trusted Daniel with his inner secrets. In a sense, Daniel was coaching the king for he was giving him input and perspectives for the king to consider when making life and kingdom decisions. Coaching leaders must first prove themselves trustworthy with follower's (or client's) secrets before they can establish themselves as coaches. Once they do that, followers or clients will trust them and open up more quickly and completely. Coaching leaders should expect this, but must be capable of handling those secrets with skill and wisdom.
LEADERSHIP STEP: Your Step today is to assess your effectiveness as a coaching leader. First, name all those with whom you have a formal or informal coaching relationship. Second, identify the goals that you both have established in your relationship. Third, are making progress toward those goals: Is your coachee opening up more and responding? What can you do to enhance the trust between you and your client(s)? How can you grow as a coach?