5 Facts about Leadership Coaching
What is behind it and how to make the best of it
A large percentage of people when they step into leadership roles have never received any form of training other than on the job. Luckily some companies use the effects of coaching, developing and investing in their talent, where others adopt the fight or flight method. The ICF statistics show that the more an individual feels their company advances them through coaching, the higher the retention rate, their study proved in excess of 120% with an increase in performance of 50-70%. Two key benefits, but what are the other advantages of leadership coaching, and why is it so important? Here are five facts about leadership coaching.
1. What is leadership coaching?
Leadership coaching, often also called Executive or Business Coaching, is all about increasing and intensifying one’s skills to lead a team and to reach the organisation and personal development goals. The focus is on boosting the ability to perform as a leader, ‘teacher’ and motivator with a specific business objective in mind. It’s an individual process tailored to the needs of the growing manager and specific business purposes. The applied methods are to maximise performance and empower leadership skills in the workplace. From CEO’s of international corporations to ambitious entrepreneurs, leaders need support to grow in what they do. Actionable guidance, individual coaching and support transforms their management style and way of thinking.
2. How does leadership coaching work?
Usually it’ on a 1:1 basis, but there is also the option of group leadership coaching. Team coaching can be a great learning and development tool, too. It all depends on the company’s and the leader’s objectives.
Leadership coaching should be a partnership between the coach and the leader. The coach must understand the current situation of the leader and the company, but to do so, the leader must provide relevant details and insights on how the business operates. After gathering specific data and information about the business and their people, facing current problems and obstacles, and understanding the company’s objectives, the coach supports the leader to take on the required skills to lead the business in the right direction.
3. Commonly used leadership coaching process
- Preparation of data to identify specific behaviours and methods within the business or by managers and leaders which affect business results.
- Identifying leader’s areas of support and other challenges in one-on-one sessions. The coach listens, observes, provides observational feedback, perspective and questions the leaders thinking and being to support revealing probabilities and co-creation of solutions.
- Supporting in setting priorities to enhance the organisation’s growth and personal development.
- Guiding the leader during crises and helping him or her to find the right tools to solve both operational and personal issues. The coach does not solve the client’s difficulties but guides the client to solve his or her challenges.
- Finding the right resources for process and action planning and creating mind maps. These little helpers can include specific software or digital tools, but also books.
- Providing help to analyse one’s behaviour. The process is about increasing self-awareness and supporting the leader to become a better understanding of himself.
- Evaluating how the coaching process is going and how changes are implemented – either after each session or at the end of a coaching period.
4. Reasons for leadership coaching?
- Investing time in your managers sends an extraordinary message that your people are valued talent, and their effort is appreciated. To take them to the next level in their careers, they need investment and a support mechanism. Leadership and management training provides just that.
- Coaching is the basis to expand knowledge and skills to increase productivity, performance, and ROI. You will learn about your strengths and areas of support to facilitate how to improve and widen your skillset.
- Your leaders learn how to engage and take on the responsibility for their teams.
- A facilitator helps to focus on the main objectives and to prioritise in line with business goals.
- The process of reflecting behaviours and methods can help to identify vulnerabilities and enhance self-awareness.
- It’s not all based on experience, growth is achievable wherever you are on the leadership journey—learning to listen to other people and profit from their perspectives and direction.
- Last but not least, and of equal importance, leaders will learn about emotional intelligence what it means how to control and assess both their own and others’ emotions. It’s not about making everyone your BFF, it’s about getting along with different people with empathy, dignity and integrity. Leaders need followers, they will not succeed alone at the top. Employees need leaders they can trust and respect. It’s all about relationships.
5. How to get the best results?
- Define your goals and objectives before you start: Why do you do it? What are the required outcomes? What benefits do you like to get? Set clear goals like ‘become better in delegating’ or ‘defining a communication strategy’.
- Stay focused: Keep reminding yourself what it is you want to achieve during the coaching process. Talk to your coach if you feel uncomfortable with specific methods.
- Provide and receive feedback: Learn to listen to feedback, reflect what others say. The ability to receive feedback is necessary to change your behaviour. It’s not always easy, and it can get emotional, but you can learn this, and your coach will help you. Receiving feedback is crucial but also giving feedback. If you don’t tell your coach how you feel, there’s no room for change.
- Commit yourself: Full commitment is essential. If you don’t believe or are sceptical of the coaching process or you’re doing because others say you have to, take the opportunity to share and explore your thoughts with your coach. It could surprise you want comes from the conversation, there’s always the potential to learn and grow, but know once engaged, it’s a path of hard work, but one you will benefit from it – professionally and personally.
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