“Mediocre managers play checkers, assuming everyone is the same. Great managers play chess, acknowledging that everyone is unique.” Marcus Buckingham
The purpose of a successful organization is to combine strengths. But combining strengths can only come after discovering, acknowledging, and nurturing those strengths.
That is where leading with a coach approach comes in. Coaching and managing are two different processes. Leaders need to learn how to coach others to create a culture of distributed leadership, where leadership is a behavior, not a role.
Gone are the days of command and control. Distributed leadership is the future evolution of working.
Distributed leadership emphasizes interconnectivity and teamwork rather than a top-down leadership framework. It welcomes input and feedback from all team members. Leaders share opinions to improve workflow and collaboration, and all members are open to suggestions and ideas. Leaders act as coaches to cultivate an environment of shared accountability.
Coaching is a way of leading and communicating with others that fosters an organizational learning culture.
Research tells us effective coaching can significantly increase motivation, energy, trust, and individual satisfaction within teams and organizations and even reduce the likelihood of burnout in top performers.
According to the International Coaching Federation Global Coaching Study, organizations* saw the following benefits when leaders took a coach approach:
- 80% saw improved self-confidence
- 73% saw improved relationships
- 72% saw improved communication skills
- 70% saw improved work performance
- 61% saw improved business management
- 57% saw improved time management
- 51% saw improved team performance
Leaders that take a coach approach ask questions instead of providing answers, support team members instead of judging them, and facilitate their development instead of dictating what has to be done. In doing this, they foster an environment of learning and a healthy workplace culture that allows teams to discover, develop, and deploy their strengths.
Culture is your competitive advantage. Your Leadership defines your culture, the talent you attract and retain, and the engagement and buy-in of your team members in your vision. It starts with YOU, so let’s work on that.
If you are reading this and wondering where to begin to develop your coach approach as a leader… look no further, a coach approach to leading is one of the foundational Leadership skills my team and I will be helping you develop as a part of our leadership program.
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