Here's How to Start Coaching Your Team
At a leadership event we held recently, The Leadership Challenge® co-author Jim Kouzes gave us some valuable coaching and practice tips that HR professionals and managers (or manager-coaches!) can use to help develop the leadership capabilities on their teams:
Be a Coach by Using these coaching tips with each leader on your team:
Coaching Tip #1. Encourage leaders to start their day with this mantra: “Today I will make a positive difference in the lives of the people I lead.”
Coaching Tip #2. Ask leaders: “What’s the next step you can take as a leader that will stretch you?”
Coaching Tip #3. Connect leaders with someone who is an expert and can provide an example of leading effectively and show them by example how to lead.
Coaching Tip #4. Identify a mentor or trusted advisor as a “stable relationship” throughout the development of the leader.
Coaching Tip #5. At the end of each day suggest that a leader ask and record “what did I do today to improve so I am a better leader than yesterday?”
Leadership development continues to lead the list in workplace trends. Millennials, in particular, want and seek out coaching as a valuable professional support. If you want to learn a more specific step-by-step process, we recommend the Coaching Clinic's 5 step coaching conversation process. To maximize leadership potential on your team, learn more about our coaching options.