Leading with a Coaching Mindset

by | Oct 17, 2022 | Coaching & Mentoring, General

First Line Managers on Leading with a Coaching Mindset.

Our Leadership Development Consultant, Liz O’Connell, discusses ways to coach and lead, ensuring a positive outcome.

I’ve recently been working with a group of leaders who are aiming to increase the use of coaching within their daily leadership style.  I find it refreshing when organisations take proactive steps to support leaders to this. It creates a stark difference to historical authoritarian, hierarchical leadership styles that were traditionally seen in public sector organisations.

Likewise, it is empowering to see how this style of leadership compliments the organisations values.

Recently we explored what coaching had taken place at work since our initial learning. This was completed via our digital learning hub and a virtual workshops. It was interesting to identify the types of colleague conversations where a coaching approach was beneficial.

These included:

  • Monthly 121’s
  • Challenging or difficult conversations
  • Quality supervisions
  • Team meetings
  • Informal conversations

The overwhelming feedback from the leaders were that they have noticed an increase in colleague motivation, creativity, ownership of tasks, problem solving, positive behaviours and good team working to name a few.

Within the leaders themselves, they felt an increased confidence to tackle challenging conversations. They also felt a sense of transparency and authenticity as they didn’t need to have all the answers to colleague questions. This meant that they could vary the depth of the conversations by using several coaching techniques.

Overall, it is great to see how leading with a coaching mindset has had such a positive impact on individual colleagues, leaders, and the organisation. I am looking forward to hearing what other outcomes have been achieved in the coming weeks.

If you are interested in developing your coaching skills, our Level 5 Coaching and Mentoring Programme might be the right solution for you.

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