In a great article on the HBR Blog Network, Monique Valcour talks about the role of coaching in management. In her article she states that “the single most important managerial competency that separates highly effective managers from average ones is coaching.”
Monique describe’s five key tips to get you started having coaching conversations with your team.
- Listen deeply
- Ask, don’t tell
- Create and sustain a developmental alliance
- Focus on moving forward positively
- Build accountability
Henley Business School’s Corporate Learning Priorities Survey 2014 also identifies individual and team coaching as the top two L&D tools for 2014.
In my experience of working with many different organisations I have personally seen the powerful effect of great coaching and how people’s work and personal lives can be changed by a coaching conversation. If you would like to go further than Monique’s tips I can recommend several companies in the UK that offers coaching qualifications or training.