Setting the Coaching Foundation

“Who you are is how you coach – The success of an intervention depends on the inner condition of the intervener.” – Peter Senge

In a previous blog we explored the origins of coaching and established the importance of coaching as an essential skill to develop in order to successfully lead others. Before you can successfully coach others, you must first get your foundation right. Who are you as a leader?  What is your motivation for leading others? How do you show up as a coach? Is your style more autocratic or more supportive?

Think back on a leader/coach who had a positive influence on you? What were the qualities and attributes that leader/coach demonstrated? Chances are, what you experienced from leaders/coaches you most admired in life shaped you as a leader/coach too – you are most likely demonstrating these values as you coach others. Coaches are self-aware first, then adapt their styles to support others in a way that respects and values the other person’s unique qualities.

The following activity is designed to help you get in touch with your values.

Who are YOU as a Leader?

Answer the following questions:

  •  Describe your peak performance at work.
  • Describe how you enjoy spending your spare time (outside of work).
  • Describe your team when you are working well together.
  • Describe a time when you supported someone else in achieving a goal, or completing a project.

Reflect on your answers above. Consider:

  •  What do the answers above suggest about what is important you?
  •  What do you value? (Examples: honesty, courage, personal freedom, family, friendship, teamwork, creativity, excellence, professionalism, loyalty, reliability, partnership achievement, etc. – there is no right or wrong answers).

Your values are the ideals and commonly held principles that guide your behavior.  Values define the “rules” you will play by as you take action toward achieving your goals. They provide guidance for your personal conduct, interaction with others, and define your approach for conducting business and leading/coaching others.  Values help you make choices and conduct your life in meaningful ways.

Leaders walk their talk

Others define you by your actions. If your talk is not in alignment with your actions, others will not trust you, and TRUST is the foundation for successful coaching.  Are you living your values? Complete the values assessment below and answer the questions that follow the assessment.

 Values Assessment: Are You In Alignment?

List your most important Values

Rank the values you chose by how important they are to you.

(1=most, 10=least)

Rank the values by how well they show up in your life.

(1=most, 10=least)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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