May 04, 2009

Leadership and coaching

During Day 6 that we had the coaching exercise, I realised how hard it is to coach someone. The hardest part is to elaborate the options to the person you are coaching. People tend to give advice and always think that what they have in mind is the best for the other person. Unfortunately, an effective coach should try to help the other realise alone his/her options and help in the evaluation without influencing.

But in the context of leadership the leader according to the definitions is supposed to influence the thoughts and actions of the followers. So is it possible for an effective leader to be able also to coach the members of his/her team or these are two different roles that one person cannot have the same time?


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  1. I struggle with the exact same thought, Konstantina! These two roles might go along with each other quite well. If a leader wants his team to be free-thinking and empowered, he should not advice them on how to do a certain task. Maybe the influencing part links in with promoting the vision, making people understand, sharing and supporting his vision. Or maybe it comes back to the question to when is the time to coach and when is the time to lead? Or can you lead by coaching?

    Sorry, looks like I don’t really have an answer, only more questions to ask…

    05 May 2009, 00:05

  2. Limo Hire Nottingham

    Hey this is a very short but to the point article

    14 May 2009, 10:07

  3. Amrita

    Good question aked. I think a Positive Coach sets standards of continuous learning and improvement for himself and also his team member. He should encourage and inspires them and also should strive to get better without threatening them.

    19 May 2009, 14:37

  4. Aishani

    A coach can train and at the same time lead his team towards achievements teaching them the strategies and showing them the right path to reach their goals.

    11 Aug 2009, 06:00

  5. payroll processing company India

    The responsibility of a coach is immense. I also agree with you that instead of influencing others it is better for the trainee to identify his/her weaknesses and strength.

    04 Sep 2009, 08:06

  6. aishani

    The coach is the most responsible person in a team. He is responsible to guide and train his team to achieve perfection. But it is always fruitful to let the team members identify their weakness and strength themselves.

    Regards,

    Aishani
    http://www.capecodresortandconference.com/

    16 Sep 2009, 13:52


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