Well, the short answer may be: “With that attitude you may not be the best person to coach anyone…”
The longer answer may require you to honestly answer the question: “How is management going for you?” If every employee reporting to you is delivering exceptionally good and consistent results and you are happy with the way things are, maybe you have everything sorted and you don’t need to bother with coaching…
However, if even some of your employees could do better, or if your best employees always seem to ‘up and go’ just when you’ve ‘broken them in’, maybe you might enjoy better results if you did things a little differently.
Coaching is a proven and effective leadership skill that delivers consistent improvements in employee results for those who know how to do it properly and use it well.
Unlike management tools which revolve around control and authority (which are very important when the circumstances require them), leadership tools like coaching rely on so called ‘soft skills’ to influence, inspire and encourage different attitudes, actions and understanding in the person being coached.
Really effective leaders and managers are able to distinguish between the situations that require a management approach and those where leadership will be more effective.
If unquestioning compliance with authority is required (a safety situation, for example) a management approach is appropriate. However, when we hope to achieve performance levels that are better than the minimum acceptable standard, a leadership approach will use positive motivation to produce exceptional results.
So once you recognise that some situations benefit more from a leadership approach than a management approach you will begin to see where coaching might be useful to improve employee results.
When you know how to do it properly, coaching can achieve three things that will ensure your people generate exceptional results:
1. Coaching can build skill levels in new and poorly skilled workers quickly and effectively.
2. Employees who lack motivation can be encouraged to willingly contribute their best through careful coaching.
3. Already good workers can be motivated, encouraged and skilled to perform even better, potentially becoming exceptional employees, and willingly delivering outstanding results.
Done properly, coaching is one of the most effective leadership tools you can have in your leadership and management toolkit to improve employee performance and boost motivation and morale. It is a skill worth developing.
If you aren’t using coaching effectively you aren’t getting the results you could be getting from everyone on your team. It’s as simple as that.
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