Want to get more from the people you work with? Have you tried different techniques for improving performance but they don’t seem to work? Are you frustrated by your lack of impact? These are common concerns for all people in leadership roles wherever they may be. As someone responsible for the performance of others how can you positively influence this? The undeniable truth is that as a leader you’re a coach!
Smart leaders embrace the coaching role. They see the need to develop themselves. They identify their blind spots and work to minimise the negative impacts of these. They accept the ongoing challenges facing all coaches regardless of context, how to get better performance from their people? Think about someone you admire as a successful coach/leader, Think about what behaviours you see, attitudes they have and values that underpin their work. Effective and memorable coaches have a number of important qualities:
Self awareness: they know their strengths, weaknesses and what internal resources they can draw on.
Self regulation: They have the capacity to manage disruptive emotions and impulses
Motivation: They strive and persist to improve their knowledge and skill.
Empathy: They are acutely aware of other peoples feelings, needs and concerns.
Social skills: They achieve desirable responses in others through inspiring, listening and resolving conflicts.
How many of these qualities do you regularly display? Which ones do you need to work on? Have you thought about asking others what they think? These five qualities are part of a group of personal attributes that can enable your role to have real and significant impact with those you mentor.
I will talk about the the role of ethics in being a memorable coach.
If you have any thoughts or experiences please share them with me. I can then post these (maintaining confidentiality) on a future blog to start a conversation about the topic. This may start a valuable conversation amongst like minded people to help all of us do things better.