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Coach with leadership

Coach_with_leadership“The real leader has no need to lead. He is content to point the way”. (Henry Miller) To do so, he has to find a balance between his hierarchical position and the full potential of his team. But how do you build this “win-win” relationship that will increase the company’s performance? By being the coach your team needs. Here is a  simple and effective 7-step coaching process.

1) Put your finger on the problem. Often, it’s easier to notice a fail in the performance than the actual cause at the source of the problem. Therefore, the first step for a leader is to identify the “cause” precisely, and then promote the improvement possibilities. To get to the source, ask a lot of questions.

2) Visualise where you want to take them. Taking the road without knowing where we are going can be fun, but not very effective. Setting an objective is essential to the success of coaching. Have a clear vision of the type of performance you have for your employees and share it with them.

3) The good attitude does half the work. Avoid criticizing and blaming. Be positive. Be encouraging. Make the employee feel the mistake is easy to correct; make them want to improve themselves. That’s how you will show your true leadership.

4) Give them the right tools. Obviously, employees can’t improve without the proper resources to support them. Is there a book or a web site on the subject? Can they take a course or a development workshop? Find the help necessary and facilitate its use.

5) Let them train. Without turning theory into practice, nobody will ever develop their skills. Did someone ever learn how to swim by reading books on the side of a pool? No. Give people enough time to practice their new knowledge in order to transform it into a new skill.

6) Point out progress. As soon as you notice an improvement in the performance of your employee, point it out. A compliment will reinforce self-confidence and the urge of your employee to improve.

7) The reward. If the employees reach or exceed the performance set out, they deserve to be recognized and rewarded. On top of boosting your employee’s confidence, the other team members will want to improve: everybody wins!

"To accompany someone, it is not to be in front, behind or to replace this person but to be next to them.” (Joseph Templier). A good coach accompanies its team in order to develop its full potential of performance. Enroll in our Leadership and Management training and become a better leader for your team. To learn more about the training courses we offer, click here: bit.ly/LeadershipTrainingForManager


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