Recently, I shared a little about being a leader coach. Here are some more truths with the hope you find these useful.
A good coach is POSITIVE; our job isn’t to find fault or assess blame. It starts with what is working, what is good and putting energy there. Remember, people grow the most where they know the most.
A good coach is ENTHUSIASTIC. Your attitude speaks loudly. It is catchy; be careful of the gloom and doom projecting.
A good coach is FOCUSED. To be effective, you must be specific, focused, and keep
the discussion on the topic at hand.
A good coach is OBSERVANT. Business author and consultant Tom Peters refers to this as “management by walking around (MBWA).” Keep your eyes and ears open.
A good coach is PATIENT. It isn’t just a virtue but a survival skill for a leader coach. Transformation takes time. We must hang in there.
A good coach is CURIOUS. I want you to know that a genuine curiosity will serve you well. It makes your
questions more authentic, then you will open more doors of possibilities.
Corporate consultant and trainer Brian Sauza dedicated much of the last decade to studying highly effective leaders in productive organizations. He had a profound discovery. The fundamental distinction that separated the best leaders from the rest wasn’t their IQ, strategic vision, operational prowess, or charisma—although important. The fundamental difference primarily came down to one thing. They didn’t act like managers; they behaved as coaches.
A leader coach recognizes that the organization’s most critical asset is the people. Their growth is worth investing time and energy to help bring out the best in them.