We all recognize how important effective leaders are for organizational and individual success. But the definition of a successful leader has changed dramatically over the last generation. As problems and solutions become more complex and elude technical solutions, the role of a leader goes beyond giving orders and making decisions. A good leader guides, nurtures, and empowers team members to achieve their full potential, benefiting the individual and the organization. This style of leadership is called “The Coaching Habit.”
So, what is “The Coaching Habit”?
It is a leadership style and a skill set that empowers individuals to become better problem solvers and decision-makers. Traditional leadership styles used to be more top down, with managers dictating activities and solutions. While this leadership style might seem efficient, it can limit creativity, stifle growth, and reduce a team member’s ability to think critically and independently. This can lead to stagnation and disengagement. Leaders who implement The Coaching Habit help their teams find meaning and impact in their work, which results in people staying engaged and inspired.
Coaching-oriented leadership for the post-pandemic world
The COVID-19 pandemic profoundly impacted our workplaces, leaving behind uncertainty, fear, and disrupted routines. Re-building trust, along with re-engaging, and re-inspiring employees, needs to be a top priority for all organizations.
Companies with coaching-oriented leaders experience higher employee engagement, increased productivity, and improved teamwork. Team members feel more empowered to take ownership of their work, and they are more likely to take risks, learn from failures, and innovate. In a complex world, with ever more complex problems, we need to be creative, collaborative, and committed. The Coaching Habit provides a toolkit for becoming a Coach Leader and creating an environment that fosters these characteristics.
How can I become a Coach Leader?
CALCOG is offering a day and a half course on how to become a Leader Coach in Sacramento, September 13-14, 2023. Register today, as space is limited.
This course is designed to help leaders integrate the techniques of coaching into their leadership practice and gain insights on how to create a coaching culture in their organizations. The course will help you build skills to:
- improve leadership communication and interpersonal skills
- develop consensus and teamwork skills
- build trust and strengthen relationships internally and externally
- develop a greater understanding of coaching and motivating others
- support leadership development in your organizations
The source for this article is: The Coaching Habit: Say Less, Ask More & Change the Way You Lead Forever by Michael Bungay Stanier.