February 19, 2014

Coaching: A tool of leadership

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Coaching is a very important aspect of leadership. A leader must know how to coach in order to lead his team effectively. It can be said that coaching is a tool that a person could apply in order to practice effective leadership. Two important abilities of a good coach are listening and communication skills.

Coaching is not about training or teaching. It is in fact a process through which a coachee generates a solution to a problem he feels that he faces. Coachee owns the concept, as he knows the answer to the difficulty he encounters. But in order to share a problem with the coach, the coach must create a safe environment in which anything could be discussed. This is done through the development of trust between the coach and the coachee. Coaching is a process through which the coach empowers the coachee with the independence of being his own coach. The process of discovering and exploring that the coachee goes through during the period he is being coached enables him to be his own coach. This would allow him to not return to be coached again if he encounters a similar difficulty.

A coach must put himself in the shoes of the coachee and feel the bit of their pain, in other words empathize with the coachee in order to deeply understand the difficulty he faces. In addition, a coach must ask questions in order to lead the coachee to explore his options. The process of coaching is about solution generation but only from the coachee and that he only must explore the situations. The consequences of their decision, allow them to play with their solution.

A few important steps of coaching and aspects of behaviour of the coach and the coachee.

  • Coachee must explore their issues.
  • A coach must let the coachees go if they do not feel like discussing.
  • A coach must ask the coachee if there is anything else he wants to talk about.
  • A coachee will eventually select the solution that they are happiest with.
  • The most important step of the process of coaching is to enable the coachee to develop detail about how to implement their solutions.

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