Leader as Coach
Are your leaders effective coaches?
Most people see a leader as someone out there in front inspiring the team to follow in his or her footsteps. Actually, leaders need to demonstrate a range of skills from direction to collaboration and everything in between. However, the best leaders also know how to lead from the sidelines too.
Your team may be inspired and motivated but needs help to achieve the results you want. Coaching can be an under-rated management skill – but it’s a critical one if you really want to create and sustain longer term performance from your people.
When you’re an effective leader coach you:
- Help team members to gain a clear focus on where they’re going and why
- Provide guidance on how to tackle new tasks and a safe environment to practice in
- Give individuals the information they need to succeed and engage them in creating a plan of action
- Encourage, praise and give objective feedback
People who have great coaches leading their team usually exceed everyone’s expectations – including their own! But great leader coaches need to learn how to get the best from each person – and natural coaches are rare.
Imagine what it would be like if your team performance soared, where each person flourished and achieved far beyond what they’ve done before. That outcome is in your hands – you just need to sharpen and polish your coaching skills. Instead of taking the trial and error approach, learn high performance leadership coaching skills.