Today’s volatile business conditions together with the demands of a younger workforce are driving more and more organizations to embrace coaching as their preferred leadership style.
Those that do so see real results. Leaders and organizations that embrace coaching do a better job of identifying and developing their employees’ skills and strengths, leading to tangible improvements in employee wellbeing, engagement and ultimately performance.
They also do a better job of managing the next-generation workforce, whose members simply do not respond to the traditional top-down style of leadership.
A key step to becoming a coach-like leader is learning to talk with employees in ways that remove barriers to progress, foster employee ownership of outcomes and facilitate collaboration.
Here are 5 ways you can start applying coach-like skills and behaviors to your employee conversations today.
- Focus on what the employee is doing well, rather than on their mistakes.
- Earn trust by acknowledging the contributions of your team members and by being transparent about your own shortcomings.
- Use open-ended questions to encourage a free flow of ideas, inquiry and collaboration.
- Learn to give meaningful feedback that encourages employees to continue their positive behaviors, while inspiring them to grow.
- Create an environment where team members feel safe disagreeing with one another and with their managers.
Our online training teaches leader-as-coach skills
If you’re a people manager who aspires to be a great leader, or an organization looking to develop the coaching skills of your managers and leaders, The Workplace Coach can help. We offer a comprehensive Certified Leader Coach® (CLC) training and certification program that teaches managers the leader-as-coach skills they need to create healthy workplace environments and support innovation and growth.
Now in its third edition, Certified Leader Coach® (CLC) is a six-module online program with options for individual or group coaching by a Master Certified Coach.
The course features practical instruction in leader-as-coach skills, including tactics for addressing critical areas such as teambuilding, conflict management, employee feedback and time management.
The all-new edition has been revised to reflect the latest research on leadership. New features include audio demonstrations of workplace coaching sessions and extensive supplementary materials, including downloadable self-assessments, customizable planning templates, worksheets, a participants workbook and more.
Since its introduction in 2006, Certified Leader Coach has equipped hundreds of managers and aspiring leaders to use leader-as-coach skills to develop, engage and motivate their teams.
If you’re ready to take the next step in your leadership development journey, contact The Workplace Coach today.