Posted on December 13, 2010 in Articles, Coaching, Leadership by Rachael

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woman speakerRecently I ran a three day workshop for leaders who wanted to power up their coaching skills.

One of them said that he wished he had developed “coaching” as a leadership style he could draw on, years before, when he was leading his organisation through rapid change. Although in many ways a successful leader, he recognised that if he had been able to “let go” and see that his micromanaging was not improving the quality of what was being delivered, but actually slowing it down, he would have had a much more relaxed time of it.

Daniel Goleman (the emotional intelligence guru) has researched which leadership styles are the most effective. Along with visionary skills, coaching skills are seen to be the most important skill set for a leader, and yet the least used. Why is that?

Well, they are important skills because coaching skills give you a hotline into really understanding what other people (clients, partners, managers, employees) really want and value. These skills prevent you from becoming isolated from the real news that’s circulating.

But why the “least used” I wonder? Is it because some leaders believe that leadership requires that they should always lead from the front, either with a charismatic command and control mix, or by setting a pace which others then may struggle to keep up with?

Being able to draw on a coaching leadership style is essential if you want to encourage others to grow. And if you don’t do that, the growth of your own organisation will be limited.

The great news is that just like any skills, coaching skills can  be learned and honed up with practice.

For more information on  how to broarden your leadership styles portfolio, so that you can surf the waves of change with a bit more ease do email me.