Coaching: Essential Leadership Skill
Coaching is a process of partnering with others to champion, encourage and support the individual in achieving the goal. Effective leaders flex their coaching style to meet the individual needs of each coachee. Your coaching style will range across the spectrum from supportive to directive, depending on the needs of the individual you are coaching.
In the remaining blogs in this series, we will look at coaching from two perspectives: every day coaching, that can be used to create a supportive environment for everyone, and coaching for performance. A good coach knows when to flex their coaching style to meet the needs of the individuals being coached. One size does not fit all!
|Creating a Supportive Coaching Culture
||Coaching for Performance
|Coaches who support:
- Are self-aware.
- Are continuously learning.
- Respect and adjust to individual styles.
- Have credibility and walk their talk.
- Are personally accountable.
- Seek to understand others.
- Support colleagues, staff and bosses.
- Ask for help and support when needed.
- Build relationships on a foundation of trust.
- Actively listen to understand others from their perspective.
- Ask open-ended questions to help others address challenges and fears that may be obstacles to their success.
- Collaborate with others across the system.
- Keep conversations focused and on track.
- Facilitate the process of problem solving instead of dispensing answers.
|Coaches who ignite performance:
- Have a vision for where the team is going and inspire others to follow.
- Recognize good work.
- Set clear expectations.
- See mistakes as part of the learning process and an opportunity to coach.
- Diligently document employee performance, good and bad.
- Give effective and appropriate feedback to employees.
- Provide employees with the guidance and training they need to succeed.
- Pay careful attention to what makes each employee unique so that they can better understand what motivates them.
- Are flexible – know when to adjust the approach when it is not working.
- Make time to coach staff on specific goals, challenges, and/or skill development.
Coaches . . .
Inspire excellence and commitment in others.