How would it be to Coach Hitler?
There are lot of definitions for coaching, but one which inspired me was "coaching is about helping or assisting people to solve their own problems". Its leader job to coach its team members not guide. Agree! If i had got an opportunity to coach Hitler, how would it look like. His objective was to kill people and invade world no matter how much destruction it causes. If i would have been coaching according to the definition which inspired me, then i would have suggested some good bombs, poisnous gases, powerful tanks, some war moves and many other ways to kill. It was not just the Hilter's fault for massive destruction, all of his brigade was as responsible as Hilter, because they were till some point assisting Hitler how to achieve his goal. If they could have taken off the cap of coaching at that time, they might have suggested something else or given a strong opposition to his idea.
If coaching means persuading and motivating someone to solve their own problem, then why do we need a coach. Coach should coach and sometimes direct as well even if it is against the will of other person. All humans are born with different instincts and traits. They might think, whatever they are doing is the right thing to do, but if its fundamentaly wrong, then it need to be stopped imediately. Because expence of such learning can be very high. There might be possibility that at sometime Hitler would have realised his mistake and had learnt something, but that was too late.
Leader should use a mix of coahing and direction to assist his team to solve their problems. Because there is no alternative to experience. If leader knows from his expereince that some of his team member is doing something fundamentally wrong and he knows the consequences, in this case he should direct his team member. But if leader feels his team member is heading towards right direction but is stucked somewhere, then he should coach him about, how does his team member thinks it should be resolved and then should build on suggestions of his team member to coach properly.
Leader is an agent of shareholders and his primary goal is to maximize the wealth of shareholders. If his coaching process is costing lot of money to shareholders then shareholders will either withdraw their money or change him, both of them are not good for a company. By using mix of direction and coaching, he can maximize shareholders wealth along with promoting the culture to learn and solve their problem on their own. This will be beneficial in lon run, as team members will be able to solve their own problems as it will give leaders some extra time to think about other issues. Resulting in improved performance of overall team.