I’m a manager, but have never coached before. Why should I start now?

Coaching Mojo For ManagersMany of the ways you behave in a conversation with a direct report, a peer, even your boss, may reflect your intuitive ability to listen intently and ask open-ended, thought-provoking questions—the mainstays of successful coaching.

Imagine leveraging this intuitive ability with a conscious, take-the-reins approach. Coaching can do that, because it’s about positive, lasting change. What could be more central to your leadership development than adopting a purposeful coaching orientation in working with your people?

Coaching can help you to tap potential, encourage new and innovative thinking  and guide people to meet their individual and business challenges head-on. “OK,” you say, “but how do I do that when I’m up to my ears in work, deadlines, and fires that need to be put out?” Plug into a coaching mindset, fine-tune those behaviors that are part of a coaching conversation, do some due diligence…and get thee to a training program!

The reason to develop your coaching mojo is because it works. Listening actively, offering acknowledgment and respect, ensuring confidentiality, asking questions that encourage deeper thinking, facilitating SMART* goal-setting can add up to a lot. Here are some outcomes you can anticipate:

  • Strengthened relationships with your people, and theirs with each other
  • A foundation for greater trust
  • More open communications
  • Increased initiative
  • Meaningful engagement with the work and the business
  • Greater accountability
  • Enhanced team performance
  • Doing your job better

I could go on…

* SMART goals are specific, measurable, achievable, realizable, timely

What roadblocks do you have to overcome?

3 Responses to “I’m a manager, but have never coached before. Why should I start now?”

  1. Glenn Friesen
    May 18, 2011 at 4:22 pm #

    Fantastic advice! Grounding it in the SMART framework is very useful. I wonder if the same framework can be applied effectively to the creative arts (even coaching oneself)?

  2. BertieorBirdie
    June 16, 2011 at 8:10 am #

    This forum needed shaking up and you’ve just done that. Great post!

    • Maliyah
      June 23, 2011 at 11:40 am #

      Kudos! What a neat way of tnhiking about it.