Coaching is the most effective way to develop others. In fact, no other leadership behaviour increases employee engagement and productivity more than a leader’s coaching effectiveness.1
Even if each member of a team has experienced the same formal training, individual performance differs due to natural ability, understanding of what they need to do, and how motivated they are to do it.
As a leader or manager you cannot motivate anyone – motivation comes from within the individual and promotes action – but you CAN create an environment that encourages and promotes self-motivation.
The coaching process expands on formal training, and takes an interest in the individual. It recognises strengths and weaknesses, clarifies obstacles, identifies what’s required for career advancement, encourages responsibility – through effective delegation – and supports growth by helping the discovery and ownership of solutions to challenges.
Unlike other workshops, where the introduction to coaching is usually ‘too much’ – more like training everyone to be a professional coach, rather than enabling leaders to use coaching skills – we’ve turned Coaching and Mentoring on its head.
Rather than formal coaching sessions, the majority of the time spent coaching in the workplace is informal: Those 1‑1 meetings already scheduled in the diary, dealing with questions on a daily basis. That’s where the coaching opportunity lies… and is often missed.
In LEADER AS COACH AND MENTOR we explore a modern‑day approach to coaching and mentoring, with practical leadership tools that can be used everyday – all built around the Insights Discovery of course!