10 Coaching Skills Every Leader Should Master

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10 Coaching Skills Every Leader Should Master

Forbes Coaches Council | MAY 12, 2016 @ 08:00 AM | Forbes Article

As more and more companies realize the benefits of hiring a coach, they also realize the benefits of incorporating a coaching methodology into the management style of their leaders. After all, there’s a difference between simply telling employees what to do and working with them on professional development.

  1. Showing Empathy

Someone in a leadership role who does not have the ability to empathize will never be a leader. Empathy is about connecting with others without judgment or personal agenda. By growing this skill, leaders can make difficult or even unpopular decisions that their teams will support because they are trusted for their ability to lead to greater destinations for the common good.   – Belinda MJ BrownEquanimity Executive, LLC

  1. Remaining Curious

Remember Curious George? I like to think that curious little monkey is a great leader today. Curiosity is the difference between knowing and discovering. Curiosity keeps judgment at bay and encourages consideration and inclusion. We are born naturally curious and learn to suppress our curiosity in favor of efficiency. Take a lesson from George — let your curiosity run wild!     – Julie ColbreseHot Coffee Coaching

  1. Being Able To Recognize Strengths

A great leader and coach will help their people find their light and brighten it. The conventional way of leading, which tells us we must find and fix our weaknesses, is outdated and disengaging. Today’s leaders must embrace and capitalize on the uniqueness and strengths of each of their team members in order to ensure that they not only succeed wildly at work, but also succeed as leaders of their lives.   – Monique CatoggioMonique Catoggio, Inc.

  1. Knowing How To Partner

Like a great coach, a great leader is in the front pulling for their team members’ success. Great leaders are not directing but partnering for success. Leading is about creating an environment where individuals get heard, experience is valued and validated, and difficult decisions by the leader are then embraced by the team. They know the leader is their partner in having them win, too.   – Janet ZaretskyThe Zenith Business

  1. Asking Open-Ended Questions

Too often, leaders approach interactions from a problem-solving mindset. Asking open-ended questions can create openings for new action because they literally take people out of the problem. Try this one on for size: “If there were no constraints and anything was possible, what action would you take now?”   – Lori DarleyConscious Leaders LLC

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