4 Reasons Managers Should Spend More Time on Coaching
Interviewing hundreds of managers to determine what distinguishes managers who coach from those who don't, Joseph Weintraub and James Hunt reported in HBR that managers who coach:
- See coaching as an essential tool for achieving business goals
- They enjoy helping people develop
- They are curious
- They are interested in establishing connections
We can learn a great deal from good Coaches. They practice empathy, listen and ask a lot of questions. They enjoy guiding others through a process of discovery, not supplying ready answers to perceived challenges. Because a good manager views their primary role as Coach, they are successful in engaging others and producing outstanding results.
In the end, to be a good coach you must first find a good coach. Seek out someone you trust to be straight with you and challenge you to be great!